Essential oils are plant extracts that actually lack the “oily” texture or thickness of regular oils. However, their benefits go far and beyond ranging from cosmetic to culinary, medicinal, and perfumery uses. They have strong therapeutic characteristics that include but not limited to antimicrobial, antibacterial, deodorant and anti-fungal properties. Accordingly, they are commonly used as formulas for eliminating fungi and bacterial agents that cause nail funguses and athlete’s foot.

In addition, they produce incredible aroma that hides and replaces bad odour in shoes. Below are some few tips and methods that you can use to apply essential oils in your shoe and eliminate the bad odour.

Shoe Spray

Let’s take a scenario of my sister who uses an essential oil spray to keep at bay bad odour that invades her waitressing shoes. Throughout the year, my sister would come home from work with sweaty sneakers that stunk to high heaven. We tried everything including weekly washing and air drying but nothing seemed to work.

However, a friend recommended an essential oil-based shoe deodorizer and after further research I decide to lay my hands on it. Much to my surprise, it worked like magic. Therefore, I can confirm with full confidence that essential oils shoe deodorizers or a home-made spray with the essential oils are excellent solutions to shoe odour.

All you’ll need is some water, a spray bottle, rubbing alcohol or vodka and the suitable essential oils. Thyme essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, peppermint essential oil and tea tree are the most suitable. Transfer some rubbing alcohol (200 ml) into the spray bottle and add about 12 drops of each of these essential oils. Close the spray bottle and shake well. Finally, spray the liquid into your shoes. The spray will spread inside the shoe to kills all the organisms responsible for bad odour.

Baking Soda with Essential Oils

Baking soda is chemically known as sodium bicarbonate and it has an alkaline pH. Therefore, baking soda will neutralizes moist acidic air found in shoes that produce bad odour. This is one of the main characteristics of human sweat.  Most importantly, baking soda is also an excellent carrier of essential oils and it also holds mild antibacterial features.

essential oils for shoe odour

Once added into smelly shoes, baking soda powder absorbs the humidity in the air and thus damaging the favourable living conditions for the odour-generating bacteria. However, using it alone might not produce the desired results. Therefore, mix it with your essential oils and sprinkle a light layer of the mixture into the shoes. Shake the shoes to distribute the mixture.

Let the mixture sit in the shoes for about a day so that the stench can get absorbed completely. Finally, remove the baking soda residue from the shoe by shaking while in an upside-down position.

Foot Soaks

With foot soaks that contain essential oils, you can kill the bacteria and other micro-organisms responsible for causing bad odour in your shoes. The following remedy has been tried and trusted with foot and shoe odour elimination.

Fill your bathtub with water and add about 15 drops of your chosen essential oils (combine any of these; peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil or lavender oil). You can also add some Epsom salt or apple cider vinegar. Stir the water to mix all the ingredients properly. Finally, soak your feet in the water for roughly 20 minutes. Also, wash your shoes with the same water to kill any existing microorganisms.

Generally, essential oils have powerful medicinal properties and when used appropriately, they can help you say goodbye to bad foot and shoe odour.  Follow the above steps and the pungent smells will be no more.