Easy Odor Control with Homemade Sneaker Sachets

Last Updated on August 30, 2016 by Diane Hoffmaster

I am lucky that my family is very active.  They run, play tennis, do martial arts, etc.  That leaves me with 4 pairs of sneakers that end up smelling not so fresh by the end of the week.  Since I can’t afford to buy everyone new sneakers when they start to smell toxic, I decided to start trying to freshen them naturally with a few ingredients I had lying around the house.  This is a very simple way to keep your family’s sneakers smelling fresh.  If you are dealing with a stinky teenage boy like I am, you will find this odor control tip very helpful!

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Easy Odor Control For Shoes



1 cup baking soda
10 drops tea tree oil
3 to 4 TBSP fresh herbs.  Lavender and rosemary are great choices.
glass bowl and spoon for mixing
small socks without holes, muslin or cloth bags, etc for filling
ribbon for tying the sachet closed

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1.  In a small bowl, combine the baking soda, tea tree oil, and fresh herbs.  Mix gently.

2.  Using a spoon, transfer about 1/4 cup of this mixture into each sock or muslin bag

3.  Tie off the bag or sock with a drawstring or a few pieces of ribbon.

4.  Place one sneaker sachet in each offending shoe.  Don’t worry if some of the mixture ends up coming out of the bag and ends up in the shoe.  It will just be even more effective at odor control!

This little project is a great way to combat foot odors naturally.  There really is no reason to buy expensive sprays and inserts just to control foot odor.  Do you have any other creative ways to keep your sneakers smelling fresh?

Check out my other odor control tips for more ideas on how to combat stinky boys!

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  1. Very cool! With 2 boys, this recipe would come in very handy!:) Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday!
  2. I've been looking for a simple natural deodorizer. A couple of questions. The recipe calls for fresh herbs. Won't they mold inside the bag? Also, how long does the deodorizer's fighting power last? Like your honesty about suburbia and your pose in front of the motorcycle.
    • I used herbs from the garden that I dried in the dehydrator. I think they have more fragrance than the stuff you buy in jars. I would say probably plan on a new one once a month? But it probably depends on a number of factors. Glad you like my blog and thankyou for visiting!
  3. Tried this out just today and wow......made a huge difference in my son's soccer bag! Thanks for sharing!

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