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Getting Rid of the Stink in Your Shoes with Essential Oils

Getting Rid of the Stink in Your Shoes with Essential Oils

There is very little that smells worse than stinky shoes. Especially when the shoes belong to a hormonal teenager. And if you have several pair to deal with, well,…

When I was researching recipes for cleaning your house with essential oils, I found several recipes for cleaning the stink from your sneakers, boots, and other shoes so here you go!

Essential Oils

The best ones are whatever you want to use! Pick an oil or blend of oils that you like and take it from there. Some like Oregano, Cinnamon Bark, Thyme, and other strong spice oils will kill off the bacteria faster than many others. Just have fun with it.

Recipes

(For more recipes click on “Stinky shoes” in the tagged section underneath the title of the article.)

Sneaker Freshener

  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Tea Tree
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder or Cornstarch

Add the essential oils to the baking powder (which is more sweetening in nature) or to the cornstarch (which is softer-textured and often used in combination with baby powder). Stir gently to spread scent of the oils through the powder. Store in a glass container with a shaker top. Keep tightly closed for 24 hours before use, to let the oils completely permeate throughout the powder. Give the inside of sneakers a coating of the powder overnight. Empty or vacuum out the sneakers before wearing. After a few days of applications, you should notice a big difference in the smell. (1)

Foot Deodorizer

  • 20 drops Flaxseed
  • 3 drops Balsam of Peru
  • 2 drops Cypress
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder or Cornstarch

Add the essential oils to the baking powder (which is more sweetening in nature) or to the cornstarch (which is softer-textured and often used in combination with baby powder). Stir gently to spread scent of the oils through the powder. Store in a glass container with a shaker top. Keep tightly closed for 24 hours before use, to let the oils completely permeate throughout the powder. Give the inside of the shoes a coating of the powder overnight. Empty or vacuum out before wearing. (5)

Spicy Shoe Deodorizer

  • 4 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 4 drops Clove Bud
  • 4 drops Nutmeg
  • 4 drops Black Pepper
  • 5 drops Anise Seed
  • 5 drops Fennel seed
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch

Mix together in a glass jar. Shake well. Seal jar and leave closed for 24 hours before use. Sprinkle powder in shoes and leave overnight. Vacuum out powder before wearing the shoes. Use after every use of the shoes. (5)

Forest Scented Shoe Deodorant

  • 10 drops Spruce
  • 10 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Juniper Berry
  • 5 drops Cajeput
  • 1/2 cup Baking Powder

Mix together in a glass jar. Shake well. Seal jar and leave closed for 24 hours before use. Sprinkle powder in shoes and leave overnight. Vacuum out powder before wearing the shoes. Apply after every use of the shoes. (5)

Earthy Scent

  • 2 cups Cedar Chips
  • 1 cup Oakmoss
  • 1/2 cup dried Sage (can use 5 drops Sage oil)
  • 1 Vanilla Bean, crushed
  • 8 drops Patchouli oil
  • 5 drops Sandalwood oil

Combine Cedar, Oakmoss, and Sage together in a glass  or ceramic bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Add the vanilla bean and essential oils and stir until completely mixed. Place half of the mixture each in two clean socks and tie the open ends shut. Place a stuffed sock into each shoe overnight or when not in use. (10)

And finally,

What do you like to do for stinky shoes? Please share in the comment section below. All of us would love to know!

 

References

  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  6. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano
  7. DIY Natural Household Cleaners: How To Make Your Own Cleaners Naturally, by Matt & Betsy Jabs
  8. The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning, by Karyn Siegel-Maier
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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
2 comments
mothertoo4
mothertoo4

Thank you!! Oldest runs Cross Country and has stinky shoes. (got an award for most stinkiest shoes on the team!). Will be trying these to see which one we like the best and hopefully next season she will win the award for best smelling shoes!

JCShannon
JCShannon moderator

 @mothertoo4 Oh my! :D Let us know how it goes for you and which one you like the best. It'll be fun to see. Good luck! 

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