Homemade Shoe Deodorizer

Within this tutorial, I am going to be teaching you how to make an all-natural homemade shoe deodorizer. With the arrival of summer it means a good bit of walking... and sweating! This deadly combination leaves your shoe rack smelling like a high school football locker room. The solutions range from expensive shoe deodorizing machines to putting your shoes in a freezer - which sounds like a great way to ruin your frozen chicken. Instead our homemade shoe deodorizer is an all-natural alternative that doesn't make you shell out the bucks or contaminate your clucks! Plus, the citrusy essential oil blend that we use will leave your shoes not just deodorized, but smelling like a summer's breeze. This formula truly is a shoe-in for an effective natural shoe deodorizer recipe!

Tip: don't just stop at shoes, this natural shoe deodorizer recipe can be used to keep your dresser drawers and closet smelling fresh and clean as well.

Below is a picture of our completed homemade shoe deodorizer product:

Homemade Shoe Deodorizer

Within this homemade shoe deodorizer recipe, we will be incorporating pure baking soda (which you can pick up at your local grocery store), SMR's bentonite clay, grapefruit peel (C/S), lemon peel (C/S), tea tree essential oil, grapefruit essential oil (pink) and lemon essential oil (premium). All ingredients, aside from the pure baking soda, can be purchased right here at soap-making-resource.com!

The finished product can be sprinkled directly into the shoes, but placing it within a pouch of some sort will keep your shoes from getting too messy. For this purpose, what would fit better into a shoe than a sock? This batch will be large enough to make at least "two socks worth" of deodorizer, depending on the size of your sock, of course!

Tip: You can split up this recipe however you choose and add it to any decorative vessel that fits your artistic wishes. Below are a few packaging ideas that you can use to pleasantly present this product:

  • Package your homemade shoe deodorizer powder into large tea bags.
  • Make a homemade sachet using your own selection of decorated fabric. You can either sew your sachet closed with the powder inside, or tie it off at the top using ribbon or twine!
  • Package your shoe deodorizer powder using cheesecloth. Simply make a sachet using this rustic material for a more bucolic appeal.
  • Package your shoe deodorizer into a mason jar and fasten on a "shaker lid". Just make sure the holes in your closure are large enough for the contents of your natural shoe deodorizer to adequately pass through. You may have to grind up the peels before adding them to your batch if you are using this packaging method!
  • Package your natural shoe deodorizer into a large spice or lip balm tin. Your customer can use a spoon to sprinkle your creation directly into their shoes!
The versatility of this recipe and abundance of packaging options may make it a great addition to add to your product line!

Below are the supplies you will need to make this homemade shoe deodorizer using our sock packaging method:

  • Glass measuring cup (must be able to fit 2 cups of powder or more)
  • Fork or whisk
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel roll (we will use this to hold the sock open)
  • Twine or ribbon
  • 2 Socks
  • A kitchen scale
  • Pipettes
  • A spoon

Below are the ingredients you will need for this 9 ounce natural shoe deodorizer batch:

* All ingredients above, except for the pure baking soda, are available to purchase right here at soap-making-resource.com.

Below are the step by step instructions for making our homemade shoe deodorizer recipe:

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Step 1) First, we are going to create our shoe deodorizer base.

Pour 1/4 pound (about 1/2 cup) of pure baking soda, 1/4 pound (about 1/2 cup) of bentonite clay, 1/2 ounce (about 1/4 cup) of grapefruit peel (C/S) and 1/2 ounce (about 1/4 cup) of lemon peel (C/S) into your glass measuring cup.

Measuring the Base Ingredients

Note: Bentonite Clay is an excellent absorber of moisture and odor. It is even used in the manufacturing of kitty litter!

Step 2) Add the essential oils.

This small batch that weighs just over 1/2 pound (about 9 ounces total) calls for 20 drops of SMR's tea tree essential oil, 15 drops of SMR's grapefruit essential oil (pink) and 15 drops of SMR's lemon essential oil (premium). Adjust accordingly if you are making a larger batch!

Adding the Essential Oils

Note: Tea Tree Essential Oil is antibacterial and antifungal. Anyone who has used this ingredient for cleaning knows the potent power of this wonderful essential oil.

Step 3) Mix all of the recipe components together, making sure to get rid of any clumps caused by the essential oils. This is where a fork or whisk will come in handy.

Mixing the Ingredients

Step 4) Next, we are going to create an easy way to fill the sock with our homemade shoe deodorizer. In this step, we are going to use a simple paper towel roll.

First, cut your paper towel roll to fit the length of your sock.

Cutting the Paper Towel Roll

Next, stuff the toe of the sock down into the center of the roll and then fold the sock's opening over and around the edges of the roll.

Opening Up the Sock

Voila! Your sock will now stay open while you pour in your homemade shoe deodorizer. Nifty; huh?

Step 5) Fill the sock with the mixture, making sure to evenly distribute all of the ingredients. Remember, this batch is large enough to fill at least 2 socks, so be sure to split your batch accordingly!

Pouring the Homemade Shoe Deodorizer into the Sock

Tip: The paper towel roll does not create a huge opening, so pour carefully and use a spoon to gently push the shoe deodorizer into the sock as shown in the picture above. If your sock is big enough, try wrapping it around a thin non-breakable glass to keep it open and create a larger space to pour! Also, as you transfer your shoe deodorizer into the sock, remember to do your best to evenly disperse the fruit peels along with the pure baking soda and bentonite clay!

Step 6) Once you have filled the sock with your natural shoe deodorizer, tie it off at the top.

Tying Off the Sock

Tip: As you can see in the picture above, we decided to use twine for a rustic appeal; but don't just stop at twine... pretty ribbon would work wonderfully too! Choose a ribbon that harmonizes well with the pattern on your sock. This is a crafty project people, so get artsy with it!

Step 7) Finally, stuff your finished homemade shoe deodorizer into a pair of smelly shoes!

Using our Finished Product

Your project is now 100% complete. I hope that you enjoyed SMR's homemade shoe deodorizer tutorial! Whether you want to sell this product at market, or make it for your own family's stinky shoes, this natural shoe deodorizer recipe is an absolute must try.

Remember, all the ingredients used within this batch (except for the pure baking soda, which can be bought at your local grocery store) can be purchased right here at soap-making-resource.com.

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