Quick DIY Shoe Deodorizer
If you suffer from stinky feet, or just want to keep your shoes smelling fresh, then this homemade shoe deodorizer is the solution for you to remove odor from shoes. I personally don’t have stinky feet, but even those with the best smelling feet will end up with stink shoes.
Putting baking soda in shoes is a simple to make diy natural shoe deodorizer that only uses two ingredients, works awesome, and takes virtually no time to make.
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Time: 5 minutes (and some waiting)
– Ingredients –
Here’s what you need to make your homemade shoe deodorizer
– Step One –
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
Measure out 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and pour it into a small bowl you can mix your ingredients in.
Baking soda is an awesome odor absorber, as you might know from using it in your fridge or somewhere else smelly. The baking soda is what does all the hard work in this homemade shoe deodorizer. It will pull whatever nasty odors might be hiding inside of your shoes.
– Step Two –
5 Drops Essential Oil
Pick out your favorite essential oils and sprinkle about five drops of it into the baking soda. You can skip this part if you want, it isn’t essential, it only helps make your shoes smell great.
For mine, I’m using pine essential oil because I love the smell of trees! Other good essential oil options for your homemade shoe deodorizers are lavender or a citrus scent. If you don’t have any, an essential oil starter set will give you a good selection of oils to experiment with.
– Step Three –
Stir It Up
Now that you’ve got all you ingredients together, give them a good stir.
Do your best to break up the essential oil as it has a tendency to clump.
– Step Four –
Sprinkle baking soda in shoes
Sprinklin’ time, I like to pour about a tablespoon of diy shoe deodorizer into the heel of each shoe. Then tilt the toe of the shoe slowly downward to work the powder evenly and completely across the entire footbed (where your foot rests on the inside of the shoe).
A couple of tips:
- Don’t skimp on the shoe deodorizer, if you don’t add enough in you’ll probably end leaving some smelliness behind.
- Also, don’t work the powder in, you don’t need to rub it into the shoe. That will only result in more powder being left behind in the shoe when you shake it out. Your results should be just fine if you simply dust the surface of the footbed.
– Step Five –
Let it Sit
That’s it, let the baking soda go to town soaking up all the odors inside your shoes. The longer you let it sit the better your results will be. I recommend you let them sit for several hours at the least. Personally I let my shoes sit for a good 24 hours.
– Step Six –
Shake it Out
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.
I was able to get most of the powder out of my shoes easily with only a very slight dusting of it staying behind.
How Does It Work?
Super! I just stuck my nose into my shoe and took a big whiff and I didn’t instantly regretting it. My shoes weren’t super stinky to start with, but they weren’t particularly good smelling either.
After using this homemade shoe deodorizer all the stank is gone and I have fresh wonderfully pine smelling shoes now.
As to the little bit of powder that stays behind in the shoe it wasn’t an issue for me at all. If it bothers you a lot you might be able to vacuum it out if you’re careful, but I won’t ever bother with that.
Plus it will keep fighting the stink while my feet are in my shoes which is good! If you want to try some alternative shoe deodorizer methods see my full list of diy shoe deodorizer remedies.
That’s all for this one. Have fun destinking your shoes, leave a comment to say hi, and if you liked this post share it on facebook or pinterest!
Thanks for reading,
- 2 tbsp. Baking Soda
- 5 drops Essential Oil (optional)
- Small Bowl
- Pair of Smelly Shoes
- Pour 2 tbsp. baking soda into small bowl.
- Sprinkle 5 drops favorite essential oil over baking soda. (optional)
- Mix together well, breaking up clumps.
- Spoon 1 tbsp. of baking soda mixture into the heel of each shoe. Slowly tilt shoe downward to evenly spread the deodorizer.
- Let sit 1 -24 hours, the longer it sits the better it will soak up the odor.
- Invert shoe over sink or trash can and shake to discard the powder. A couple of good taps to the sole of the shoe will help to loosen the powder.
- Walk around feeling great because your shoes don't smell!
Last update on 2020-03-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API