Got stinky shoes? Deodorize them and make them smell fresh and clean with this DIY Shoe Powder. It’s so easy to make and made with all-natural ingredients. It’s like the natural remedy for stinky shoes.
Got boys or men in your home? Got flats that you never wear socks with? Then you likely have stinky shoes… and you need this DIY Shoe Powder.
Don’t worry… I’ve got boys, my husband, and lots of flats myself so I’m in the same boat with you. I used rely on store-bought shoe powders and sprays to deodorize my shoes, but then I started reading the labels. The active ingredients are really just cornstarch and baking soda. What?! So why are we paying $5-10 for them?
Kick Store Bought Shoe Powders to the Curb
The fragrance used in those shoe powders and sprays don’t disclose exactly what’s in them. I’ve been on a mission to get artificial scents and fragrances out of my home to avoid toxic chemicals as much as possible. Companies don’t need to disclose the chemical constituents in those fragrances, which could have 200+ different ingredients in just one fragrance.
If you’re family has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues, I highly recommend avoiding artificial scents and fragrances. We have long since given them up and breathe so much easier now.
Plus, it’s so fun to make our own household cleaners like this DIY Shoe Powder with essential oils to customize the scent. Just remember that not all essential oils are the same. I don’t buy them on Amazon or the health food store. This is where I buy mine.
DIY Shoe Powder
With this DIY Shoe Powder recipe you’ve got options… I prefer arrowroot powder (it’s works similar to cornstarch) and I just find that I have it on hand for cooking and other DIY projects. But if you prefer or only have cornstarch on hand, you can use that.
You can use different essential oils for this recipe, but I really like the blend called Purification. It’s made with lemongrass, citronella, rosemary, tea tree and other essential oils. There’s no fillers and it’s the perfect odor-busting oil blend. Anytime I need to deodorize a space (or my shoes or clothes) I use this blend… like the closets, stinky laundry, trash bins, toilets, you name it. I even use this blend for my DIY Carpet Freshener.
How To Make This DIY Shoe Powder – Step By Step
Combine arrowroot powder and baking soda into a glass jar with metal ring lid.
Add essential oil (this helps with odor control) to the mixture in the glass jar. Use a spoon to mix well.
Cut cardstock to fit the lid.
Using a nail or thumb tack poke holes into cardstock.
Place it on top of your glass jar then secure with a lid ring.
Sprinkle in shoes at night. Empty them out into the trashcan the next morning.
About The Ingredients
- Arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) helps to neuralize odors and absorbs moisture… perfect for those sweaty shoes.
- Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and absorbs odors.
- Essential oils provide a natural scent and can help to deodorize as well. The blend Purification (made with citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, tea tree, lavandin, and myrtle essential oils) is really very effective in purifying and removing odors for carpets, laundry, etc.
How To Use This DIY Shoe Powder
To use it, sprinkle a couple of shakes in each shoe and tap the shoe at the heel and then at the toe to effectively distribute the powder. Sprinkle them in the shoes at night and empty out in the trash in the morning.
Why Feet Smell
As you might imagine, foot odor is usually caused by sweaty feet. But it’s a little more complicated than that.
Foot odor is different from other types of body odor. Most body odor emanates from the genitals and armpits, which contain apocrine sweat glands. The rest of the body, including the feet, is covered with eccrine sweat glands. What’s the difference? All sweat is basically odorless, but the sweat from apocrine glands contains protein and amino acids that feed bacteria living on the skin. The bacteria generate body odor.
Top Tips For DIY Shoe Powder
- You can use cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
- Leave in overnight.
- Purification oil blend or Lemongrass essential oil work well for odor control
- After sprinkling in the powder, make sure you tap the toe and heel to spread the powder evenly.
More DIY Cleaning Recipes You Might Like
- DIY Carpet Freshener
- DIY Natural Household Cleaner
- Homemade Foaming Hand Soap
- DIY Reusable Cleaning Wipes
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DIY Shoe Powder
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10 drops Purification essential oil blend or Lemongrass essential oil
- Glass jar
- cardstock optional
- Combine arrowroot powder and baking soda into a glass jar with metal ring lid.
- Add essential oil (this helps with odor control) to the mixture in the glass jar. Use a spoon to mix well.
- Cut cardstock to fit the lid.
- Using a nail or thumb tack poke holes into cardstock.
- Place it on top of your glass jar then secure with a lid ring.
- Sprinkle in shoes at night. Empty them out into the trashcan the next morning.
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