Let’s talk about stinky feet!
Well, maybe not stinky feet, but rather, stinky shoes! Even the unstinkiest of feet will cause shoes to absorb odor over time. And when you keep shoes or boots in closed closets or storage tubs, it pretty gives odor causing bacteria the perfect breeding ground.
I discovered this crazy simple shoe deodorizing powder formula while trying to find a good solution for keeping your costume shoes and boots smelling fresh while in storage bins year round. I have since started using these for my own daily wear shoes as an overnight freshening powder.
This simple to make DIY shoe deodorizer only uses two ingredients, works awesome, and takes virtually no time to make. Check it out!
Here’s what you need to make your homemade shoe deodorizer:
AND THAT’S IT!
Now, DIYers across the interwebs disagree on ratios of baking soda to essential oil, but I have found that about half a cup of baking soda to 20 drop of essential oil gives a powder that is potent and effective, but not overwhelming. It freshens up shoes without making you smell like a walking apothecary throughout the day.
Once you’ve got the two ingredients together, give it a good stir. Do your best to break up the essential oil as it has a tendency to clump. I like to store my excess powder in an airtight glass container, and it stays fresh for months!
Baking soda is an awesome odor absorber, as pretty much any crunchy DIYer can attest. The baking soda is what does all the hard work in this homemade shoe deodorizer, capturing smells on a molecular level and neutralizing even tough odors. Because of the chemical reaction that occurs when baking soda reduces the pH in the surrounding air, the soda will actually absorb the foul odors.
Now, you can pick out your favorite essential oils to use, and they all have unique properties beyond just “smelling pretty”. But if you really want to deter odors from forming in your shoes, use oils that are known anti-bacterials or anti-fungals. Some excellent antibacterial and antifungal oils that also smell pretty include: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Oregano and Thyme.
To use your deodorizing powder shoes in storage, simply sprinkle some of the powder inside your shoes or boots, and you are DONE! Otherwise, for everyday wear shoes, just sprinkle some powder into shoes, leave overnight, and then discard the baking soda in the morning by giving it a good shake over a sink or trash can. It’s THAT easy.
Grab up your shoes, hold them upside-down, and give them a good shake over the sink or a trash can. I had to tap the soles of my shoes a little to shake all of the powder loose.