I was in the bookstore the other day with my family and ran across the coolest book: The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs by Reader’s Digest.
It’s filled with beautiful pictures and a lot of great ways to use herbs. I flipped through it a few moments and saw these sneaker fresheners (which they called “Smell Busters”) and thought: “Brilliant!” I bought the book, came home and made some that very night.
My hard working hubby lives in his work boots from dawn to dusk; he wears them so much & in so many messy situations, that a pair only lasts him a few months before they are completely worn out. By then, they aren’t always so pleasant to have around. However, I’m quite happy with the improvement these sneaker fresheners have brought so far!
The best part about these is that you can use them multiple times, periodically refreshing the essential oils as needed. Then, once you’re done with them, you can wash and re-use the socks again or as cleaning rags, depending on their condition. Also, the contents of each sock can be dumped and used for a single toilet scrubbing. No waste!
All you need to make these are:
- 2 old socks
- 16 ounces (or more) of baking soda
- 30 to 50 drops of essential oils (use more or less per your smell preference)
Dump the baking soda into a bowl. Add essential oils. Some great ones to try include: peppermint, tea tree and rosemary, but experiment around with the scents you like. I like to buy my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, but use whatever kind is easiest for you to procure.
Mix well and put half of the mixture into each sock. I used somewhat thick socks to make sure the baking soda stayed contained.
Tie the tops closed and place in your shoes overnight.
One thing I want to try in the future is mixing herbs in with the baking soda. Dried rosemary, mint and lavender might work well, I think.
Anyway, I thought I’d share that great idea I found with you all today. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!