Refreshing Homemade Foot Powder Recipe

The following is a recipe for home-made footpowder which uses essential oils. It’s very flexible and suggestions for substitutions are provided.

1 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
3 drops lavender essential oil
7 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops tea tree oil

In making this foot powder recipe, clay and/or arrowroot powder can be used in place of some or all of the baking soda if you prefer. We do not recommend using cornstarch as it has been suggested that cornstarch can encourage fungal growth1.

Add the essential oils to the powder and mix thoroughly. Store in a shaker container, such as an old talcum powder container. Lightly dust bare feet before putting on socks and shake some in shoes. Will freshen up your feet as well as your sneakers!

You can also try experimenting with the following oil combinations (it is recommended to keep to about 12 drops total):
lavender, lemon, and rosemary
lavender, patchouli, and tea tree
lemongrass, patchouli, and tea tree

Note: It is advised to consult your doctor or medical provider with any health concerns and before using essential oils. Also see Safety and Usage information, and click on an oil name above to see its individual oil profile which includes some safety warnings.

1 “When cornstarch becomes moist, it can promote fungal growth.” –National Cancer Institute
“Choose a product that does not contain cornstarch, which can encourage fungal growth.” –Sima Soltani D.P.M.

These beautiful Polish Pottery stoneware parmesan shakers make great shaker containers for this foot powder and also for the carpet deodorizer powders recipes:

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