How to Make Homemade Foot Powder

Edited on 6/23/13: I have since stopped using this recipe for How to Make Homemade Foot Powder. It began to cake in my shoes over time. I have switched to using talcum powder, with special precaution not to inhale the powder. Unfortunately, this option is actually working better for me.

Most of the DIY recipes I’ve been trying were to replace items I already purchased. For foot powder, this was not the case. I didn’t have any. I had never used any. But I was also keenly aware that certain shoes and certain fabrics over time… begin to lead to stinky shoes. Of course personal hygiene plays a role, but even the cleanest of people will experience some foot smell when going sock-less in shoes over a long period of time. (The scientific explanation is bacteria that thrives in dark, warm, moist places.)

So when I splurged on a pair of Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, I knew I wanted to avoid any foot stink in the shoes at any cost. I began researching foot powder options after several friends advised that was the way to go. Initially I purchased a bottle of baby powder, which contained relatively the same ingredients in foot powder, but at a fraction of the price. The ingredients?: Talc, Fragrance.

Then I searched for “talc” online and came back with hundreds of results documenting the dangers of using talc. GREAT! Outside of accidentally inhaling it and causing lung damage, some studies indicated talc could cause ovarian cancer by seeping through the pores of the skin. Yikes! Then I realized I shouldn’t be buying foot powder anyway, I should be making it as part of my homesteading goal. I few simple searches online yielded the following recipe:

How to Make Homemade Foot Powder

How to Make Homemade Foot Powder

Equal parts baking soda and corn starch

A Few Drops of Essential Oil Fragrance (optional)

Directions: Mix together and store in an airtight container.

It’s as simple as that. I toss a tiny bit into the shoes after I wear them to absorb any moisture. It helps to tap the shoe and get the powder to cover the entire shoe and not just sit in one spot. Then I let the shoes sit as is until I wear them again. Then I will gently dump the excess powder from the shoes and put them on. Enough powder is still in the shoes for me feet and to absorb moisture as I wear them.


So far this recipe for How to Make Homemade Foot Powder seems to be working well. The only other advice to keep the stink out? Don’t wear the shoes every day. Give them at least a day in between to really air out and let the powder remove odors.

*Read more about my DIY and homesteading projects here.


  1. Darlene says

    Hi ! Thanks for sharing this! :D

    im currently doing my investigatory project. and i wonder if i can make foot powder out of oyster shell. Oyster shell is rich in calcium carbonate, and most of the commercial foot powder is made up of talcum powder. i was thinking instead of using Talcum Powder, i’ll use Calcium Carbonate from crushed oyster shell. i’m confused if it will work.

    Can you give me suggestions about it? Looking forward to your reply. Thanks! :)

      • Stephanie says

        Your really helpful to people on here it looks like. Why do you even have a blog about things like this if you can’t even answer the two simple questions that were asked. It sounds like your scared of a lawsuit or something. If your going to have a blog about natural/organic health, expect questions. If your not even going to attempt to help people about what you write, don’t bother. The least you could have done was researched their questions & referred them to a website that was more qualified to answer the question. What do you know, since your not a doctor or scientist but give natural health recipes. What is wrong with people. Don’t even try to help. Dang. Oysters are not good for you to eat so I would not recommend them for anything. You could probably use some cucumber powder but remember that the other powers are in there for a specific purpose so taking them away to add something else would defeat the purpose. Just add “some” if you’d like, not substituting the other though. Essential oil is not just for fragrance, btw. If you have athletes feet you should use melaleuca since it has anti-fungal properties. If you are using it for just freshening your shoes or feet you can use lemon since it is a natural deodorizer. Lavender could be used as well for it’s many therapeutic properties. I recommend modern essentials guide to therapeutic use of essential oils. It tells just about everything that essential oils can be used for in place of man-made drugs with their side effects. It can be found at Hope this helps. ; )

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