DIY Stinky Feet Spray

feet in running shoes

I ♥ natural foot sprays both for stinky feet and stinky shoes, and for tired feet at the end of a long day chasing kids around.

I have 4 year old boys who do a lot of running (and climbing and fighting), and we've recently gotten them into rock climbing too.

This means that we have some very stinky shoes, and very stinky gym bags.

boys in a forest

Each of these 3 DIY stinky feet sprays are excellent for spraying in shoes (or in gym bags, or in kids' closets...) to eliminate odor and bacteria.  You can also spray them directly on tired, achy, and maybe a little bit stinky, feet at the end of a long day.

This is a great natural replacement for antibacterial and deodorizer foot sprays.

No parabens, no artificial fragrance, no triclosan or other dangerous irritants or toxins.  Just natural stuff that YOU control.

DIY Stinky Feet Spray #1: Tea Tree + Lemongrass + Lavender

In  2 oz bottle...

  • 20 drop tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • fill with witch hazel


Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.

Lemongrass has anti-fungal and deodorizing properties.  It can also help energize tired feet.

Lavender also has anti-microbial properties, and it helps to soothe tired feet.

DIY Stinky Feet Spray #2: Tea Tree + Eucalyptus + Peppermint

In a 2 oz bottle...

  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  • fill with witch hazel


Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.

Eucalyptus is a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial.

Peppermint cools the skin, energizes tired feet, and enhances circulation.

If you want to a foot spray to use directly on tired feet, this one is hands down your best option.  The peppermint is total magic for tired, achy feet.  The tea tree and eucalyptus are natural anti-bacterials.  

DIY Stinky Feet Spray #3: Antifungal Super Hero

In a 2 oz bottle...

  • 1 oz witch hazel
  • 1/2 oz rubbing alcohol
  • 35 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 15 drops geranium essential oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil

(This recipe comes from Vibrant Wellness Journal)

Grapefruit seed extract and rosemary essential oil are powerful anti-fungals, anti-bacterials, and anti-parasitics.

Tea tree oil is also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. If your stinky feet are caused by athlete’s foot, tea tree is especially beneficial.

Lavender and geranium oil help soothe skin and act as natural deodorizers.

2 Comment

  1. Sharon says: Reply

    I love the aroma of lemongrass. Though I never knew that its essential oil can help energize tired feet.
    I went through the experience of having stinky shoes around the house when my son was younger. What I did was simply sprinkle some baking soda into the shoes and all was good. We don’t have this problem anymore since my son has grown. Probably due to hormonal changes.
    If I know of this DIY Stinky Feet Spray then, I am sure to use it. Seems so refreshing! Am sure your article will help those who are going through this.

    1. Rebecca says: Reply

      Thanks, Sharon!  I use this spray mostly for our rock climbing shoes.  You can’t throw those in the washing machine, and baking soda just cakes into the bottom!  (Tired that and learned the hard way.  Haha.)

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