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How to Remove Shoe Odor
By Bernadette Ulsamer

We’re coming to the end of summer and you may be finding that some of your shoes are smelling not-so-great. It’s inevitable — when you wear shoes without socks, less-than-lovely-smelling feet will become a problem. To be clear, I’m not talking about strappy sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed slip-ons, which also can develop an odor, but are less extreme than the smell of ballet flats, loafers, pumps, etc. When feet sweat, bacteria multiply to create that stinky situation. To deodorize your smelly shoes, here’s a rundown of a few standard methods using household products.
It turns out that tea bags are a great solution for a simple, homemade shoe deodorizer. The best part about using tea bags in your shoes is that you can pick any scent of tea that you want. Apple spice, peppermint, or lavender — whichever tickles your fancy. I prefer to mint, since I usually have at least one box of mint tea bags on hand. Place 2-3 bags in each shoe, then let your shoes sit in a dry environment. The tea bags will absorb the odor, as well as any excess moisture. After a day, your shoes will not only be stink-free, but actually smell pretty amazing.
Baking soda, known for neutralizing bacterial acid, is another affordable at-home method for eliminating the stink of sneakers worn all summer long. Additionally, baking soda acts as a fungicide that can cure athlete’s foot. There are two ways of using baking soda. First, you can pour the baking soda directly in your shoes and leave them for a week or so. For some extra bacteria-fighting oomph, keep your baking soda filled shoes in a sealed plastic bag. If your shoes are extra smelly, consider putting them in the freezer.
Of course, sprinkling baking soda directly into the shoes, while effective at eliminating order and fighting bacteria, can be rather messy and leave a residue. And, this method should not be used on leather or suede shoes, which will become brittle from direct contact with baking soda. For a more controlled approach, similar to the tea bag above, pour the baking soda into a coffee filter, dryer sheet, or any porous cloth you have on hand and place a bundle into each shoe. Full disclosure, I’ve never tried baking soda, but I have a used a similar method with baby powder, which I have found to be effective, especially in a pinch. Dust the inside of your shoe with the powder, let it sit a few minutes, then shake them out and you’re good to go. So, it depends on what you have on hand, and if you’re in a hurry.
Another household remedy for stinking shoes is rubbing alcohol. Dab a cotton swab or Q-tip with some rubbing alcohol, then use it to wipe down the inside of your shoes. You should be able to get all of the nooks and crannies with this method. It also dries relatively quickly and evaporates liquids like sweat. Alternatively, try vinegar, which as an acetic acid, is a great odor killer. Fill a spray bottle with one part water and one part white distilled vinegar and spray the inside of your stinky shoes.
Even with these remedies at hand, some shoes are beyond recovery. If your sneakers, flats, loafers, etc. have seen a lot of wear and are really, really rank, do your feet a favor and throw them away. These shoes are probably infested with bacteria that have taken over the inner and outer lining, the fabric, and the deepest part of the soles. But remember, the best way to get rid of odor is to avoid it in the first place. Try not to wear the same pair of shoes every day, wear socks as often as you can, and invest in some sweat-preventing/odor-fighting inserts like Cedarsoles.

The Bookworm Sez
By Terri Schlichenemeyer

“Never Curse the Rain: A Farm Boy’s Reflections on Water” by Jerry Apps
c.2017, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
$22.95 / higher in Canada 145 pages

Your eyes are on the forecast.
Depending on what it says, you’ll either approve or scowl. You don’t want your plans ruined but here’s the thing: you know that weather changes and you can’t do anything about it anyhow. So read the new book “Never Curse the Rain” by Jerry Apps, and learn to appreciate what comes from the skies.
Growing up on a farm in north central Wisconsin, Jerry Apps remembers the importance of water. One of his first memories of the liquid, in fact, was when his little brother was sick: there was an emergency rite performed and, because he was standing nearby, four-year-old Apps was conveniently baptized, too.
His father, knowing how essential moisture is to crops and livestock, always admonished Apps and his brothers to “never curse the rain.” He understood, says Apps, that “the farm’s need for water must come before the family’s hopes and wishes.”
There were times when rain didn’t come.
Apps remembers when the windmill didn’t turn and the cows bawled their thirst. His father first hauled water from a neighbor’s farm; when that wasn’t enough, he purchased a second-hand gas-powered pump that, with “wheezing and kabooming,” saved the livestock until the wind and rains returned.
Theirs was an otherwise good well, 180 feet down and dug by hand in the late 1800s. The family was lucky; Apps says he knew of farmers who had to relocate their homesteads when wells went bad.
As for indoors, Apps recalls how he and his brothers hauled water from an outdoor pump for indoor use. Saturday was bath day and Monday was wash day, which meant multiple trips with heavy pails. Other days, they carried water for cooking, drinking, and washing-up. Apps says he was grown and gone before his parents had indoor plumbing in the house; the barn had it first.
But water wasn’t important just on the farm. Apps writes of fishing in local lakes, of visiting the water-powered mill, camping in the rain, after-chores swimming on hot summer days, and the blessed relief of a night-time thunderstorm.
For the average reader, this book is like the literary version of comfort-food: put it in your hands, and you’ll feel as though you’re wrapped in Grandma’s hand-knitted afghan while sipping tomato soup on a grey day. Author Jerry Apps will do that to you; he’s a consummate storyteller who can sadden you on one page, tickle your funny bone two pages later, and astound you with facts in between. His memories evoke a time many readers have only learned about in books.
For those who share the memories, this book is like a handshake from a friend.
There are, therefore, two distinct audiences for “Never Curse the Rain”: 16-to-35-year-old readers, and anyone who’s 36-to-104. If you fit inside those basic groups, the forecast for this book is sunny.

Say What?
By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz

When it came to the written word man first used tablets, then scrolls, then books.
Today man uses tablets to scroll through books.
Words, words, words!
Centuries ago, words started out as simple markings and as man advanced, so did his vocabulary — at least until the dreaded four letter word became fashionable: Text.
Texting in abbreviation format looks like a drunken donkey was stepping on a cell phone or ancient code unable to be deciphered.
This isn't a GPS route or the call letters for radio stations, this is a romantic message proclaiming love and longing.
"Be right back. Before you leave, just wanted to let you know I love you. I miss you cutie. Wish you were here. Will you call me? Talk to you later."
The jumble of letters reminds me of the scene in "A Christmas Story" where little Ralphie uses his secret decoder gizmo to decipher a message from a radio program about Little Orphan Annie.
With such vivid beauty like this, who needs Shakespeare or Chaucer? Although I would really love to see an emotional production of “Hamlet” done in text.
Mastering this form of communication is like learning a second langue.
A friend told a story of her 15-year-old daughter.
It seems, said daughter was doing homework. Her answers to a couple questions had text words, most of all, LOL.
Asked why she used the slang for laughing, the reply was she couldn't think of a better way write it. That really makes me want to LOL!
When it comes to communicating, texting isn't for everyone because they find it difficult to figure out or it lacks any color or feeling.
For those folks, there's an opposite end of the word spectrum called rambling. Perhaps you know someone that rambles or you might be a rambler.
This is the total opposite of texting since it's wordy and colorful.
Here's an example, instead of saying "She's mistaken." by rambling that statement could become "Just because a cat has kittens near a stove sure don't make them biscuits."
A few other needlessly wordy remarks include "She's pretty," to "She's nicer than warm woolen socks on a cold snowy day." Or, "You can do this," might become, "Don't act like a baby and just pull-up your big girl pants and get it done."
Instead of saying, "He's lazy," you could say, "He's slower than molasses on a cold winter day."
Instead of saying, "He isn't smart," it could become "He's like a six-pack that's missing seven cans." And "Wow!" could be, "Well butter my biscuits." While, "He's foolish with money," could become, "He spent $13 on a 25¢ head."

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