Make Your Own Shoe Deodoriser

Coromandel Flavour

By Deborah Hide-Bayne

…and give those trainers a refresh.  

Use baking soda to take away the smell, cornstarch to take away extra moisture and add a few drops of essential oil to add a nice smell. 


1⁄2 cup baking soda 
1⁄2 cup corn flower 
few drops of essential oil  

Makes 6 small bags 

1. Using offcuts of fabric from your scraps bag or the op shop, cut squares of fabric.  

2. Mix the baking soda and cornstarch together in a mixing bowl. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Mix again.  

3. Lay the fabric squares flat out on the bench. Share the deodorising mixture evenly between the bags. Tie the top tightly with string.  

4. Put a bag into each shoe, and leave overnight.  

5. Enjoy fresh shoes… (and by the way, your compost bin won’t like baking soda in large quantities as it is such an effective fungicide).  

An extract from Coastal – living the coastal life, cooking for the coastal table by Deborah Hide-Bayne. In 2003, Deb left her busy life in London to build their dream home in coastal NZ from scratch. This passionate foodie takes readers on a seasonal cycle of what to grow, harvest and cook from the sea and land, with recipes and DIY projects all interwoven with her family house build.

Deborah Hide-Bayne is a writer, photographer, artist and keen amateur cook. She lives in the Coromandel with her husband, her son, four chickens, one cat and 20 goldfish. She is the author of Coastal, living the coastal life, cooking for the coastal table. Check out her blog here. 

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