Easy DIY Shoe Deodorizer Recipe

This simple recipe is an easy solution for stinky shoes that uses baking soda and essential oils. Baking soda is a fantastic odor absorber and neutralizer, and adding essential oils makes it even more effective.


The Recipe:

¼ cup baking soda

20 drops essential oils*

Stir essential oils into baking powder until thoroughly combined. Store in a sealed container or zip lock bag.

*Cedarwood, lavender, and tea tree are my favorites for this recipe, though any essential oils or essential oil blends will work. Tea tree oil is especially good to use as part of your blend since it has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties.


Liberally sprinkle the mixture on the inside footbed of the shoes (you should use enough that there is a fine layer covering the entire inside of the shoe). Let sit overnight and shake excess baking powder out in the morning. For especially stinky shoes, let the mixture sit in shoes for 24 hours or longer before removing.

Sprinkling works great for shoes like gym shoes or boots which are worn with socks since if there is a tiny bit of baking soda left in the bottom of the shoes, it’s unnoticeable when wearing socks.  For shoes that are worn barefoot like ballet flats, you can put ¼ cup of the mixture in a piece of cloth (or inside a thin sock) and tie, making a sachet.  Place the baking soda filled cloth in shoes overnight to soak up odors without leaving any baking soda residue.  It’s also best to use the sachets for leather shoes since baking soda can damage leather with repeated use.

Over time, the sachets will need to be refilled with a fresh baking soda and essential oil mixture to retain effectiveness, but they can be used a number of times before they start to lose effectiveness.

DIY "Poo-Pourri" with Essential Oils

Have you seen the commercials for Poo-Pourri?  Here’s a video if you’ve missed out. The idea is that you spray the water in the toilet with the mixture and it helps to minimize the possible smell of a bowel movement (I apologize if this post seems a little gross).

A few of us were chatting at the store and we thought we could put together our own recipe with essential oils. After a few trial runs and tweaks to the recipe, I think we have a very effective “DIY Poo-Pourri” recipe.

My daughter for whatever reason has not great smelling bowel movements (again, sorry if this is TMI). We share a bathroom and it seems she always has to “go to the potty” right before I need to take a shower or what have you. Lucky me. Well, she has been using the spray in the toilet before she uses the bathroom, and I can honestly say it has made a huge difference. The mixture is also great smelling, so it makes a great overall air freshener as well.


2 oz amber spray bottle (we have them at the store)*

2 tbs. witch hazel

5 drops each of tea tree, lemongrass, bergamot, and lavender essential oil


*This recipe can also be easily multiplied to use in a larger spray bottle



Add 2 tbs. witch hazel to an amber spray bottle followed by the essential oils. Fill the rest of the bottle with water- don’t fill the bottle all the way to the top so there’s enough room to put the atomizer top back on. Shake well.

To use: Spray five sprays of the mixture in the toilet bowl before using the toilet. The witch hazel helps the essential oils to mix better with the water, though it’s still a good idea to shake the bottle before spraying.


I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results. The oils in this blend and bright and fresh smelling, but also have potent antibacterial properties, which is always a good thing.