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I'm tired of stinky feet!

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Graceful711

I've had it with my dd's the eye watering, gag educing stinky feet. I adore her but oh my, those feet!  The older she gets, the worse they smell after class.  I have been told that shoe/boot dryers will help to dry and deodorize pointe shoes, which should (hopefully) reduce the post class stench and as an added bonus, her shoes will last longer ($$$$).  Does anyone have any suggestions of one that works well? Thanks in advance. :) 

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Lady Elle

My dd powders her feet, often with a medicated type of powder that my husband insists she use.  I''ve made up a foot spray with witch hazel, water and certain essential oils.  Not sure anything can completely eliminate all stinkiness though! 

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Mom de deux

We also do an essential oil/witch hazel spray. DD said it also makes her feet feel refreshed. I think it's called Freshify or something like that. (It would probably be more economical to make my own--Lady Elle, which oils do you prefer?)

I also bought little cedar sachets for her shoes a while back, but she never used them.

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Graceful711

Do they spray their feet after class/before class or the shoes?

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tangerinetwist

I use the peppermint foot spray from The Body Shop.  I wouldn't be caught dead without it.  You can also make your own peppermint foot spray with talc, water and peppermint essential oil(I am sure you can find the "recipe" on-line).

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Mom de deux

My DD spritzes her feet and her shoes after class. I will also say just having the bottle in her bag has helped with the overall aroma of the bag itself.

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Blanche

After spilled spray and powder in her dance bag, younger DD sticks with dryer sheets in her shoe bag. She puts one in each pointe shoe after most classes, and it has definitely cut down on the smell.

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L_One

Hmm dryer sheets in the pointe shoes - thinking that is something we need to try. Heck, dryer sheets in her ballet flats and character shoes too lol. 

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Lady Elle

Mom de duex - I use melaleuca, peppermint, cypress and I think lavender.  I also have an oil blend that has lemon, siberian fir, citronella, lime, melaleuca and cilantro which is really nice for freshening things up! But I would always add peppermint just because its so cooling and feels great.

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ssolanom

I tried everything and the blend that Lady Elle mentioned is the only one that has worked with us.  I dissolve in water in a sprayer.  When her actually feet became stinky (i signed of some fungus contamination), I used a different blend that has Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils directly on her feet at night for 2-3 nights and that does the trick!.  Just make sure you are using high quality pure essential oils to avoid contaminants that can be absorbed by the skin. Obviously let them dry properly is important but for kids that seems to be a challenge to remember to take the shoes out of the bag to dry every night. Good luck!

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Graceful711

Thank you everyone. I happened to run into someone who is a specialist in essentials oils yesterday and she is going to make me a magic potion. 😀  I have also ordered a shoe dryer. I appreciate all the input! 

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Clara 76

Do your children wash their toe pads after each and every use???

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Lady Elle

Very good point Clara 76!  I know my dd does not. She might for a few weeks but then falls back into the habit of once a week or maybe even less 😩😳.  I should probably revisit that conversation! 

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Mdballetmom

This sounds basic, but does she wash her feet really well, with soap between her toes, every day?     You may be laughing, but I've got three kids (two LAX players and a ballerina with stinky feet) and we had to specifically tell them....  letting the soapy shower water run down your legs onto your feet is NOT washing them.  :)

Also, there's a product called "sneaker ball s" that work pretty well  (just little rounds of deoderizer/drying agent that you drop into the shoes.)  And like everyone else has said, airing them out, alternating pairs,  having multiple pairs of toe pads so they can be washed,  and more...

Good luck!  

 

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Lady Elle

Sneaker ###### sound like a good idea.  i also just saw a commercial for little light rods you put in the shoes to kill bacteria via UV light.  I have LAX player & Ballet dancer as well.  Things can get pretty ripe in my car! 

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