Wear any pair of shoes long enough and you're bound to be left with an unpleasant and unwanted odor. Beat the smell with a natural shoe deodorizer without using harmful chemicals. You can make your own odor-busting bags to drop in your favorite pair sneakers using everyday, household items.
Mix 1/2 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of backing soda in a medium-sized bowl and stir thoroughly to remove any clumps.
Add 10 to 15 drops of lemon essential oil into the powder mixture and stir together in the same bowl. Because lemon consists of 5 to 6 percent citric acid, the acid actually neutralizes odors, while the citrus scents provides a pleasant air freshener.
Pour 4 to 5 tablespoons of the mixture into a large coffee filter – the bigger the filter, the better, because the larger the bag of mixture, the more deodorizing it will be.
Gather the top of the full coffee filter and twist the top completely closed.
Secure the top of the filter with a twist tie to keep any of the mixture from spilling out.
Place a bag into each shoe and leave in your closet for at least four hours to remove the unwanted odor.
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