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Smelly shoes no more: Homemade shoe deodorant spray

One of my biggest battles is smelly shoes. I love to wear shoes that don’t require socks (like barefoot running shoes and canvas slip-ons), but in doing so my shoes tend to smell horrible. Even when I toss them in the washing machine and let them air dry, after wearing them a few times they smell again.
I have finally figured out how to keep my shoes (and thus feet) from smelling by using a homemade shoe deodorant spray. This recipe is so incredibly easy.

Homemade Shoe Deodorant Spray

For really smelly shoes, fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray directly on your shoes. Be sure to get the spray all the way down into the toes and inside, along the top of the shoe.

Or for a less intense spray, fill half of your spray bottle with vodka and the other half with water. You can add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice to leave behind a nice scent. Shake and use. I recommend using a finer spray  so your shoes don’t get nearly as soaked and dry in a couple hours.

To be honest I was afraid that my feet would smell like a mixture of a stale bar and B.O., but so far it has worked exceptionally well. It doesn’t smell at all once it dries, and it has been keeping my shoes fresh longer.

9 Responses

  1. Jessie says:

    Hey Mandy, I use Lavilin foot deodorant. I’m curious if you’ve ever experimented with it?

  2. Heather says:

    I use witch hazel instead of vodka and a few drops of Frank for the fungus and whichever scent I choose. Works amazing

  3. Heather says:

    Haha meant tea tree, not frank. #doh

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