We know that you’ve not been able to climb for about a month now. Your climbing shoes are probably stuffed in a bag at the back of your wardrobe stewing away and growing funkier by the day. We also know when restrictions are lifted, and you can climb again, you’re going to want to do so as much as possible.
To make sure you don’t knock yourself or anyone else out with your shoe funk, why not make yourself a pair of shoe deodorisers? These help to absorb the moisture in your shoes after a session and get rid of any nasty odours.
1 x pair of old (long) socks
¾ cup of cornflour
½ cup baking soda (a.k.a bicarbonate of soda)
2 x elastic bands
*10-20 drops of essential oils (optional)
All you’ll need is a pair of old socks, preferably the long type and with a tight weave. Some basic pantry ingredients, 2 elastic bands and you have the option of adding in some essential oils to add a little luxury. Once you have gathered your ingredients, you’ll need to combine the cornflour and baking soda in a bowl.
If you decided to use essential oils now is the time to add those in, I like to use an even combination of 10 drops peppermint and 10 drops lemongrass. Experiment to find your favourite scent!
Next, you need to turn your socks inside out, grab a small cup and place your sock inside the cup. Wrap your sock around the cup so that the toe of the sock is inside your cup which will limit the mess you make while filling your socks. Put half of the powder into each sock.
Once your socks are full, take your elastic band and wrap it tightly around the top of the toe section. The toe of your sock should hopefully be a ball shape.
Next, you’re going to turn your socks inside out and push the toe section all the way to the bottom. Then simply tie a knot as close to the ball as possible.Voila! Your deodorisers are finished. Find your climbing shoes, insert your deodorisers and before you know it, your shoes will be smelling delightful!
You can keep the tops of the socks long, which makes it easier to get your deodorisers out of your shoes or cut them short. These deodorisers can also be used in your street shoes. I recommend putting them into your climbing shoes as soon as you’ve finished a session to ensure they can soak up that moisture and get rid of the foot funk.
If you decided to use essential oils and you can no longer smell the scent, simply add a few drops to the outside of your deodorisers to freshen them up.I hope you’re all doing well, are safe and healthy at home. I can’t wait to see you all back at the gym when we can open up!
Lots of Climbfit love from Paige!!! Please send us your photos and tag us in your social media posts if you decide to make yourself a pair of deodorisers.