Spring Cleaning: Stinky Sneaker Sachet Blend

Many herbes and flowers with their fragrant sweet smels doe comfort, and as it were revive the spirits and perfume the whole house. John Parkinson, Paradisi in Sole, ­Paradisus Terrestris, 1629


Put those mismatched or threadbare socks to good use as sachets to freshen sneakers.

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Makes 4 sachets
Most of the dirt that gets into our homes hitchhikes in on our shoes. Remove them at the door, and you might spend less time cleaning. But taking footwear off at our house exposes another problem: stinky sneakers.

To solve it, I’ve made sachets filled with absorbent clay kitty litter scented with an assortment of essential oils. I place a sachet in each sneaker and leave it there overnight. Below is the for­mula that my boys like; I prefer more lavender myself. You may reuse the sachets for as long as the scent lasts.

  • 2 teaspoons essential oil of sandalwood
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil of tea tree
  • ½ teaspoon each essential oils of lemon and grapefruit
  • ¼ teaspoon each essential oils of spruce and lavender
  • 4 cups natural clay kitty litter
  1. Stir the oils into the kitty litter in a glass jar, cover, and let the mixture age for a week.
  2. Fill four clean socks with the sachet blend and close them with rubber bands.

Louise Gruenberg gardens as much as possible and cleans house as little as possible in Oak Park, Illinois. She writes and teaches about herbs.

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