DIY boot & shoe freshener

Thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for this post idea.

Summer is here, we are all getting a bit sweaty in this heat, and our shoes, oh our shoes are maybe getting a bit stinky!  I know mine are! Want to freshen them up with any harsh chemicals? There is nothing worse that feeling like you have to throw your favourite shoes out because of the stench. Try this DIY recipe first and you may get to hang onto your shoes a bit longer, which is great for you and the environment! I'll also be making some to sell at the farmer's market, so check out my stall this week and next for this new addition to stylish, natural cleaning products for you and your home.


  • 2/3 c. baking soda
  • 15 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil (optional)
  • 1/3 c. sage leaves or mint leaves (dried & crumbled)
  • 2 cotton muslin bags
  • 2 large paper tea leaf bags



Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Fill the two paper tea bags equally with the mixture, then seal, then place inside the cotton muslin bags. the tea leaf bags help keep the powder from leaking into your boots., but if you don't mind a fine dusting of this refreshing smelling, odour busting powder ending up in your boots, just skip the step and put all the ingredients inside the cloth muslin bag. This recipe is good for 2 bags or one set of shoes/boots for about 3 months or so. With time, the baking soda will absorb the essential oils, so feel free to add a couple drops from time to time to give the freshener a boost.

What's in it? Baking soda - helps absorb moisture and odours. Sage and/or mint leaves - adds a fresh scent and they will also help absorb moisture in your boots. Rosemary essential oil is naturally antimicrobial, antibacterial, and smells refreshing. Tea tree essential oil - also an excellent antimicrobial and antibacterial oil. NOTE: If you have allergies or sensitivities to either rosemary or tea tree, don't use them. Ask me for an alternative suggestion and I'd be happy to help you find an essential oil that might work better for you in this recipe.

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