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Your shoes collect all the bacteria, germs, pathogens, and whatever else you step in during the day, and track into your home. The average shoe is covered with 421,000 bacteria and can track potentially toxic chemicals into your home.7 Think of all the unwashed public bathrooms, grimy gas station floors, and of all the times you’ve taken public transit. These places are like petri dishes for bacteria, disease, and everything you don’t want in your home. This following formula will remove bacteria and also leave your shoes looking clean and brand new.

  • 4 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of common household cleaner
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar (or more if needed)


 Mix these ingredients and wash the soles of the shoes then rinse with water. This formula works great for thrift-bought or restocked shoes as well. Buying ‘rescued’ shoes is great for the environment and the wallet and this formula allows them to look fresh out of the box.


If you have the oils, the household cleaner can be substituted with:

  • 30 drops clove oil.
  • 30 drops lemon oil.
  • 15 drops cinnamon bark oil.
  • 15 drops eucalyptus oil.
  • 7 drops rosemary oil.
  • 10 ounces witch hazel or water


Smelly gym shoes or over-worn work shoes can stink up the place and leave your feet smelling pungent and rancid. Use the following terpene-boosted oils to deodorize old shoes.


  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 10 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass oil


Mix it and sprinkle throughout the shoe. Oils can be substituted for preferred scent.