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 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.