Spring Cleaning: DIY Coffee Filter Shoe Deodorizers

DIY Coffee Filter Shoe Deodorizers to rid your shoes of sweaty feet smell.

DIY Coffee Filter Shoe Deodorizers

Do you have a problem with your Converse, Tom’s or athletic shoes retaining odors? Of course you don’t.

Let’s say you have a friend. And this friend wore a “Mom’s Uniform” about three days a week. And this “Mom’s Uniform” consisted of a hoodie, jeans and her favorite slip-on Converse shoes.

The only problem? This friend’s Converse shoes stink.

Converse Stinky Shoes

This is a bit of an embarrassment for her. She doesn’t think she has sweaty feet. Still, these shoes stink.

Her first attempt to deodorize the shoes involved pouring cornstarch straight into the shoe. This did not work well. In fact, as she walked, clouds of cornstarch came poof-ing out in the most unattractive manner. FAIL.

Then she remembered the baking soda. Don’t we all use baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors?

She knew she didn’t want to pour the baking soda straight into the shoe. So she came up with the coffee filter. Slightly porous. Readily available for little money. Environmentally friendly. All natural baking soda.

All you need for your DIY Coffee Filter Shoe Deodorizers is: coffee filters, baking soda and some sort of bow like raffia.

Shoe Deodorizer Ingredients

DIY Coffee Filter Shoe Deodorizers:

  1. Fill a coffee filter with 1/4 cup baking soda.
  2. Fold each corner in towards the center.
  3. Fold down the top.
  4. Use a hole punch and punch a hole on each side.
  5. Tie with raffia.

Coffee Filter Shoe Deodorizer

To use the shoe deodorizer, simply slide it into the shoe and let it do its work! To keep the shoe deodorizer working well, the baking soda will need to be changed every month.

Wait! What? You think this story is about me? As if! This is hypothetical peeps! (But if we ever meet in real life? Chances are good I’ll be in a hoodie, jeans and my sweet smelling Converse)

The DIY Coffee Filter Shoe Deodorizers are Part 2 of my Spring Cleaning series where I’m tackling those unusual household problems we all have, but seldom see get Spring Cleaned! If you missed it, you may want to find out how to make a DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner.

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  1. Clever!!

  2. Clever!

  3. Oh what a really cool thrifty way to “get the stink out!” Love it. I have some twins who will be having their feet and shoes smell a lot better soon. Thanks for the great idea.

  4. Thanks for the great idea! My son’s, who’s 10, body is starting to change and stinky shoes/feet really gross me out. We’ve tried the “adding powder straight to the shoes” and we had the same result. I’ll be making some of these tonight! Thanks again!

  5. My 3 year old’s shoes smell horrible and I wash them in the sink but today the smell didn’t come out. Once they dry, I’m trying this idea.

  6. Tina, Please let me know if the baking soda works out for you! Andrea

  7. if you can’t find any string you can also just fold it and use a binder clip

  8. I just wrapped a rubber band right around it and added 1.5 TBS! Hopefully this gets rid of the smell in my favorite pair of Sperrys!

  9. Hi Hannah, Using a rubber band was clever and should work great! I hope it removes the odor too! Andrea

  10. Thank you, thank you thank you!

  11. Oh my this is great–I added a drop of lemongrass essential oil to each sachet just because I like the scent very much. Made extra sachets for car, too!

  12. Oh adding a drop of essential oil is a GREAT idea!


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