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Any cures for funky smelling boots?

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Any good suggestions?

My boots have been living in the back of the truck since start of June, and haven’t really dried out. Getting really offensive Happy

Stuck them in front of the fire tonight but they smell worse now. A bit like dog farts.

Can I wash the liners? They are heat mouldable and foot beds are custom sidas.

Weathers looking crap for the next few days so I want to seize the opportunity Happy
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douse them fabreeze or odor eaters?
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Wash them with "soap flakes" or liquid soap, just old fashioned non scented product that's very gentle on materials 30 degree wash doesn't hurt them.

Otherwise something like "amberclense" aerosol for cleaning car upholstery of mystery deposits Very Happy puke, yoghurt etc as it properly kills the smell enzymes?

Failing that, dry cleaning fluid first then low temp wash with liquid soap. A few options anyway.
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https://www.conro.com/product/ambersil-amberclens-anti-static-foaming-cleaner-400ml/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3bHT1bur8gIV1WDmCh3uagTxEAAYAyAAEgJt2PD_BwE

This product if available in your market.
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@hang11, DO NOT WASH THE LINERS 1 it wont work, 2 it will probably destroy them

heat like the fire is not good either as it will remold the footbeds and the liner if you are not really careful

you need to strip the liners out of the shells and get rid of the moisture in the shell, there will be some under the base boards
you can try the various odor removing sprays etc or liners into a ziplock bag and then into the freezer for 24hours to kill any bacteria

the key is not to let them get damp or at least not to let them stay damp, in truth it might be too late to save them especially if any mold is growing in the foam of the liner

good luck


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Put them in the freezer for a few days.
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Get some anti-fungal stuff from the pharmacy, e.g. for athlete's foot. Powder, not cream. Dowse liberally, and perhaps shake them up in a large plastic bag.

Works on mine when they get bad (although they do get dried regularly).
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spyderjon wrote:
Put them in the freezer for a few days.


This - only the liners
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You'd be better to follow the professional advice on here about washing as they have more insight than I.

But I've always washed all our family boot liners as above and fully air dryed them over about 2 weeks (obviously all outside the boots) after use each year and with some being more than 10 yrs old now, they've certainly not shown deterioration from that. Anecdotal I know, but over quite a representative period.
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I think someone here once mentioned that baking soda eliminates odours. Worth a try.
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@hang11, interesting use of the word 'funky', I don't think that would have been my choice..... Laughing
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I picked this up off a ski forum, so now slather Vicks vapour rub onto my feet before putting my socks on - the ingredients apparently prevent build up of smelly bacteria, and the actual ointment has not too bad a smell itself, so it definitely helps mitigate any boot odour setting in
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@geoffers, I have done that. Quite effective.
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Boric acid cristals - it's the anti fugal ingredient in trainer tamers and other anti stink powders. Wash stinky feet in very mild potassium permanganate solution.


http://youtube.com/v/wPLwczrGikM

To avoid the problem, take your liners and inner soles out EVERY day and dry them.

I've done 23+ winters skiing most days and my boots do not smell. Once a very worried Steve at Sole put my liners in his oven to re form them and he was very suprised that after 50 days of skiing we didn't stink out the shop!
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Awesome thanks all. Love this forum - have a problem, ask a question, wake up to the solution Happy

I’ll chuck them in the freezer for a few days and see how that goes. I keep my wading boots in there to kill the bugs too Happy

Really should stop being so lazy and dry my gear out more often.
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@Idris, Maybe time for new boots? Very Happy Very Happy
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@Idris, Maybe time for new boots? Very Happy Very Happy
yeah yeaah, not skiing in the same boots for 23 winters.....did do 300+ days in one pair of liners, got through 3 pairs of shells Wink
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geoffers wrote:
I picked this up off a ski forum, so now slather Vicks vapour rub onto my feet before putting my socks on - the ingredients apparently prevent build up of smelly bacteria, and the actual ointment has not too bad a smell itself, so it definitely helps mitigate any boot odour setting in
This is Masque's oft-touted solution. What's happened to him, btw?
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Charcoal stuff. Worked in my husbands REVOLTING hiking boots
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Hurtle wrote:
geoffers wrote:
I picked this up off a ski forum, so now slather Vicks vapour rub onto my feet before putting my socks on - the ingredients apparently prevent build up of smelly bacteria, and the actual ointment has not too bad a smell itself, so it definitely helps mitigate any boot odour setting in
This is Masque's oft-touted solution. What's happened to him, btw?


Worrying that he has not posted recently.
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White vinegar,
I haven't used it on boots but my ski gloves were getting really cheesy, to the level where I got complaints if I took them off in a ski lift, or any other enclosed area such as multi storey car parks Embarassed
I actually poured balsamic vinegar into them as this was the only vinegar or any other suitable substance in the apartment.
Once rinsed out & dried, there was a faint whiff of the chippie but the foul cheesy smell was gone Laughing
The beauty of white vinegar is that it is volatile & leaves no residue like soaps would so it's not a problem if it is not all rinsed out.
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I nearly posted a couple of days ago... "@tangowaggon, will be along soon saying fill them with vinegar" Laughing
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Hurtle wrote:
geoffers wrote:
I picked this up off a ski forum, so now slather Vicks vapour rub onto my feet before putting my socks on - the ingredients apparently prevent build up of smelly bacteria, and the actual ointment has not too bad a smell itself, so it definitely helps mitigate any boot odour setting in
This is Masque's oft-touted solution. What's happened to him, btw?


Worrying that he has not posted recently.
I've texted him (on the UK number he was using on the last preBB) but no reply. Worried. I suppose admin will have his NOK details on the usual Bash information form...
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try washing with a solution of Bicarbonate of Soda or sprink ling it inside the boots ...it works for cat pee so it might work for this Puzzled
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Dr Scholl’s athletes foot spray, sprayed in the boots and on my socks. It’s anti fungal and it eradicated the problem completely. Someone on here told me about it and I have never had a problem since. I use it every day when I’m skiing.
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I dried them out, froze them, threw a load of trainer deodorant in them, did 4 hours uphill and a couple of hours downhill in them today and they weren’t offensive at the end of the day, so hopefully it’s sorted ~ thanks everyone for the help.

They are super comfy boots and I didn’t want to stop using them Happy
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Tea Tree Oil spray worked for me
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Stuffed newspaper balls into the boots , pack it out , leave overnight. Takes out smells and moisture

Only problems is finding a newspaper these digital days
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@hang11, Have you followed any of the suggestions above? If so, has anything worked?
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hang11 wrote:
I dried them out, froze them, threw a load of trainer deodorant in them, did 4 hours uphill and a couple of hours downhill in them today and they weren’t offensive at the end of the day, so hopefully it’s sorted ~ thanks everyone for the help.

They are super comfy boots and I didn’t want to stop using them Happy
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They seemed pretty good after freezing and a good squirt of trainer tamer. Wore them for a day tour and they were fine.

However only used them once since doing that.

Someone in Auckland been hugging plague infected Australians so currently confined to home, and missing some epic snow Sad
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GlasgowCyclops wrote:
Hurtle wrote:
geoffers wrote:
I picked this up off a ski forum, so now slather Vicks vapour rub onto my feet before putting my socks on - the ingredients apparently prevent build up of smelly bacteria, and the actual ointment has not too bad a smell itself, so it definitely helps mitigate any boot odour setting in
This is Masque's oft-touted solution. What's happened to him, btw?


Worrying that he has not posted recently.
He has been traced. Apparently OK and working hard.
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@Hurtle, thanks, that's good to hear. snowHead
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I leave a pair of these in my boots every night and then leave the bags in the sun to 'refresh'
https://www.mad-hq.com/sports-odour-absorber-with-charcoal-multi-purpose
They work well - always dry your boots otherwise the stench will eventually come!
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