Getting Rid of Stinky Shoes in the Perfect Green Home

February 10, 2011

It is a sad but common story. The house is the epitome of green design. It is energy efficient and you have built it with sustainable features. But when you come home after a day of hard work and take off your shoes, the place suddenly smells so badly you could drive a herd of banshees to another planet. What to do? Toss the shoes? No, you just bought them. You just happen to be cursed with stinky feet.

Enter Shoe Care Innovations, the Redwood City, CA company that manufactures the SteriShoe, an ultraviolet shoe sanitizer that eliminates odors from killer shoes.

This product is the world’s first ultraviolet shoe cleaner. No chemicals are used. The UV shoe sanitizer safely disinfects the inside of shoes by using just ultraviolet light.

The product works for people who suffer from athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), toenail fungus (onychomycosis), or just plain shoe odor. Sweat from feet can often cause shoes to become breeding grounds for fungi and bacteria that can then cause infections. The device is reportedly an effective method for killing unwanted bacteria and fungal spores that are found in shoes. The company reports that after 45 minutes with the ultraviolet light, 99.9 percent of all microorganisms including fungi and bacteria are killed.

As the company writes, “We wash our clothes and we dry-clean our clothes. Given the fact that we sweat up to ½ a pint a day per foot, it’s a good thing we can finally sanitize the inside of our shoes with the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer.”

The SteriShoe shoe sanitizer is sold in pairs in order to treat a pair of shoes with each application. The treatment time is 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, the germicidal lamp automatically turns off and the shoe sanitizer supports the shape of your shoe like a shoetree does.

The use of UVC light for sterilization is nothing new, reports gizmag. It is “commonly used in hospitals, public swimming pools and other water treatment systems. Using ultraviolet light is relatively safe, but it is not recommended to come in direct contact with the light.”

To eliminate light, the SteriShoe shoe sanitizer is designed to only work in a closed, dark environment. A second sensor scans the environment before activating the cleaning sensor, ensuring the environment is dark enough and safe to start. If light is detected, the device will not start. In addition two shoe bags are provided in every box, so a user can cover their open-toed shoes and sandals to provide a dark enough environment.

The product is priced at US$129.95. The SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer comes is three sizes (Small, Medium, Large) and is available for purchase online.

For those who work hard at building green but suffer from smelly feet, this product appears to be worth a try.


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Glenn Meyers

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.
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