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.)
Homemade Foot Powder
So when I splurged on a pair of Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish 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:
Homemade Foot Powder
• A Few Drops of Essential Oil Fragrance (I used tea tree oil)
• Directions: Mix together and store in an airtight container, such as this one by Rubbermaid.
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.
Update June 2013: I have since stopped using this recipe for How to Make Homemade Foot Powder. It began to cake in my shoes over time so I switched back to using baby powder, with special precaution not to inhale the powder. Right now, this option is actually working better for me. Some people do prefer this “natural” option though so I am keeping the recipe up on my blog.