Good-Bye to Stinky Shoes Tutorial: Part 2
Continuing from yesterday’s sachet tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make deodorant agents that goes inside the sachets. Don’t you worry if you have hesitations in using chemical-rich products; this deodorant uses natural ingredients only!
What You’ll Need
- an old pair of tights
- 2 or 3 essential oils of your choice
- 6 tablespoons of baking soda
1) Choose which essential oils you want to use. I picked lemon tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus oils.
2) Put baking soda in a glass bowl, add 20 to 30 drops of essential oils in total, and mix well with a spoon. I put 10 drops of lemon tea tree oil, 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil.
3) Cut the foot off the tights, about 15 cm long. If you are like me and have holes at the end of the tights, use the mid section and tie a knot.
4) Put the mixed baking soda in tights and tie the ends up.
5) Put the tights in the sachets, and ta-da! You can now say good-bye to smelly shoes!
I’ve tried and tested this deodorant in my shoes and boots, and the scent of the oils faded away after about 3 months. When the scent fades, the deodorant effect fades, too; time to replace the baking soda.
If you don’t have a clue which essential oils to use, my recommendations are tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil. Tea tree oil has an excellent anti-bacterial effect, but the smell is pretty strong; that’s why I used lemon tea tree, which has the same anti-bacterial effect, but has lemon aroma. If you don’t have lemon tea tree oil, you could simply mix tea tree oil and lemon oil (it has bacteria-killing action too). Eucalyptus oil has a powerful odour eliminating effect, so it’s perfect for the project. Also, the baking soda cuts off dampness inside the shoes. Hope my tutorial was easy to follow!