diy…boot and helmet refresher

On the days I don’t ride, I go to yoga class at my local gym. The intructor is always talking about using essential oils and has mentioned that she makes a yoga mat cleaner spray to keep her mat smelling fresh. She inspired me to keep not only my yoga mat clean and smelling great, but also my riding gear!

Now, we all know riding is not the best smelling sport out there. Aside from the obvious, ahem…barn smells, we wear leather boots that aren’t known for being super breathable. I also like the idea of keeping my helmet smelling new! So, I started doing some research (on my favorite blogs of course!) to figure out how I could best use essential oils to help me with my not so pleasant smelling boots.

I did a lot of reading to get a starting point and then got creative. The basic formula I found is 1 part witch hazel, 2 parts water and a few drops of tea tree oil. Witch Hazel is very versatile and has a TON of uses around the house and barn — a little goes a long way, so most recipes I saw diluted it with water. Tea tree is also included in the base of most of the mixtures I saw because of its antimicrobial properties. Since bacteria contributes to odor, getting rid of the bacteria is the first step in getting rid of odor!

After you’ve made your base, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to get a scent you like and there you go! I made two different scents–one for my boots and one for my helmet.

Eucalyptus and Peppermint Boot Refresher

  • 1 Part Witch Hazel
  • 2 Parts Water
  • 10-20 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 5-10 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 5-10 Drops of Peppermint Oil

Lavender and Peppermint Helmet Refresher

  • 1 Part Witch Hazel
  • 2 Parts Water
  • 10-20 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 5-10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 3-5 Drops of Peppermint Oil

I carry around a little spray bottle of each in my riding bag, I like to give my boots and helmet a little spray before packing up after a ride. On a grosser note–bacteria loves moisture, so always let your boots and helmet dry out before putting away your gear after your lesson.

Happy riding everyone. I hope this comes in handy for you as we start getting into the warmer months of riding!

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