DIY Shoe Powder!


Do you have smelly shoes?

Watch this video to learn how to make your own foot powder with a few simple ingredients!

With the summer on its way, we are bound to be wearing shoes without (or with) socks (y’know, flats, TOMS, sandals, heels, trainers, Keds ad infinitum).

Cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, shows us how to this in a few quick steps (no pun intended).

  • Find a zippered plastic bag or a container with a good seal. Label that container – otherwise people will start to wonder what all that white powder is!

  • Add 1/2 cup corn starch, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup baking powder.

  • If you would like to, add 5 drops of your favourite essential oil (thyme, lavender etc. offer great scents as well as odour-fighting properties).

  • Shake all contents together and voila, you now have a homemade foot powder.

To use it, sprinkle a pinch in each shoe and tap the shoe at the heel and then at the toe to effectively distribute the powder. Do this in the morning before you leave the house and use it any time you feel your feet getting sweaty (read: smelly).

Hope you found this helpful!

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Melissa Maker is the host of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube, editor-at-large of, and founder of Clean My Space (a well-known Toronto-based cleaning service). She's been knee-deep in the cleaning game since 2006. Follow Melissa: @MelissaMaker on Instagram, SnapChat & Twitter!


  1. So adding powder into sweaty shoes and using them and sweating some more doesn’t create a white sludge? I guess it’d fall off pretty easily once dry. I hope this cures our shared shoe cupboard of the shocking body-automatically-reacts-by-holding-breath smell…. hehe

  2. OMG! Used this in my son’s tennis shoes and cleats and it was miraculous! Now others are asking me what was my remedy! Of course I am sharing because I want them to get relief as well!! Thank you so much!

  3. I made this for my partners smelly shoes, trainers, work boots and slippers. Mellisa you have rescued my nose! His shoes were awful and now are so much better, thank you so so much. All the way from the UK x

  4. Hi! If you mix a little bit soda and a few drops of water in your hands and put this on feet, also works against smell. You don’t need to use it every day, because it dries skin. The same mixture is for underarms and you don’t need deodorant. There is no smell at all. Tested. Sorry for my English.

  5. I am thinking of putting something to get rid of the smell in closets. Should I use this shoe powder combo or simply baking soda+essential oil? Also how often should I replace the powder content? thanks Melissa. =)

  6. Ah, the infamous shower. A few years ago I tried an experiment with some ‘top’ shower cleaning products that vowed to do so much I’m surprised “make you a cup of coffee” wasn’t listed on the bottles.

    I also used a few homemade alternatives. Now keep in mind this shower (NOT one that I used!) was so bad, there was more gross looking stuff on the bottom of the shower than on the glass/sides of shower! I swear it was close to being a sentient life form.

    Some products I used burned my lungs badly but in the end after many hours & many days, that shower was almost as good as new. Some of the natural things I used ended up working better than almost every commercial product but I would have tossed mustard gas in there if I thought it would fix the problem (kidding..I think)

    I’ll see if I can find what worked for me & am anxiously awaiting your review on Mother’s Choice as in our current home, my husband’s shower stall is starting to resemble his old one. 🙁


  7. I love this post & your site! Found you through Pinterest and now I am hooked. Just watched a video on all the ‘cleaning’ toxins in the home and didn’t think about foot powder for my hubby. I am excited to subscribe and learn all sorts of good tips on here. Have you done one on how to clean shower glass doors naturally? I know lemon is supposed to work but I’m stuck. Thanks for the info!

    • Aww, thank you! Shower glass doors…ah yes, what fun. Lemon won’t do much. You need to use a product that can remove the soap scum and then you need to squeegee the glass after each shower and/or spray a daily shower spray on the glass. That will prevent hard water stains and soap scum from building up again. Squeegees sound like a pain but a few seconds of that vs. scrubbing soap scum once every few weeks? Sounds like a good trade off to me. I am going to be talking about a natural product that I like in the coming weeks called Mother’s Choice pertaining to this cleaning task. Stay tuned!

      • Drop orange peels (remove the white stuff) in your next-to-be-used vinegar bottle and let it sit for a good couple of weeks, your vinegar will have quite a pleasant smell.

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