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    Posted: Apr/04/2010 at 6:43pm
Long story short... it was almost 79 degrees this w/e, my feet got real hot and wet and my boots have a bad odor! So, I need to wash to "inner bladder" or liners of the boots to make all fresh again.
 
Anyone tried this before? If so, how you wash/dry 'em?
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/04/2010 at 6:48pm
Try peeing on them, the ammonia in your pee with sterilize them and leave them with a fresh pee smell... ok jk

Not sure what you can do.  Maybe some febreze?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/04/2010 at 6:49pm

I've heard that if you don't want to risk damaging them in the ol' washer and dryer, you should wear 'em into the shower...

I guess wash 'em as best you can, rinse and wring em' out real good, and then just let 'em air dry...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/04/2010 at 6:57pm
Put it in a dish washer
it does wonders..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/04/2010 at 9:39pm
you don't have to wash it, just spray it with the powder for footwear and the boots will be fresh again. sorry forgot the exact name of it but you can find those spray powder in any store. those work wonder for my b-ball shoes which had been stinks for months.Dead
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/05/2010 at 12:02pm
funny! LOL
 
I'll look for that foot powder as I'd hate to wash them. You can put on delicate cycle and I have a rack where they can be placed (no spinning) for heat dry. But would rather not put them there. Will post how that turns out.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/05/2010 at 12:08pm
Originally posted by bataleon155

you don't have to wash it, just spray it with the powder for footwear and the boots will be fresh again. sorry forgot the exact name of it but you can find those spray powder in any store. those work wonder for my b-ball shoes which had been stinks for months.Dead
 
i tried this with my basketball shoes.  all it did was make my shoes smell like footspray mixed with foot funk.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/05/2010 at 12:49pm
LOL OK... since it's been tested, I guess I'm down to washing the pair! If that fails, it's my 3rd year on them... so time for a new set of boots OR 2 dozen pairs of socks to throw away after each ride! I may give the powder a little tester on my garbage (old) pair 1st & see.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/05/2010 at 1:11pm

Truth be told, I've never had my boots smell so funky that I needed to figure out how to get rid of the funk...

I try to always remember to remove the inner liners from my outer shells ASAP after riding so that air can circulate freely and dry them...

I also try to keep 'em separated for as long as possible--until I actually need to use 'em again...

However, if my boots ever did get to the point where I felt that they needed to be cleaned/washed--I wouldn't hesitate to use the shower approach that I suggested earlier...

Yeah, I think that foot powders or sprays will only mask or mix-with the funky odor...

I totally forgot about using a washing machine rack and probably would've never even thought of using a dishwasher...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/05/2010 at 1:13pm
wow, never woulda thought of a dishwasher
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I'd be worried about shrinkage.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/05/2010 at 2:18pm
my boots spell so bad i have to keep them in a big plastic tub with a lid in the back of my car and throw some airfresheners in there too or else the fumes will kill me on the way to the mountain.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/05/2010 at 2:21pm
I would call up K2 and ask 'em whether there's any danger in hand washing them with soap.  Probably your best bet.

In the future, take some newspaper up with you to the hill.  It'll act as a desiccant and suck up the moisture so the stink has less time to set in.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 10:39am
I threw my boots in the washer(and I think dryer too maybe on a low cycle?) one time and the following week one of the straps ripped off. coincedence? I dont know but i've never doing that again.
Maybe try something with baking powder?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 11:24am
I contacted K@ and they advise to soak in warm water with a tad of powder (ahhh that word...Cry... anyway)... powder detergant mixed in. Let set for 1hr, strir a couple of times. Weight them down as they may float to stay under.
 
Then rinse in warm water and soak again (repeat above) but no detergant so it' sall cleaned out.
 
Leave in warm room over night and you're good to go!
 
That said, I'm ganna wash them in delicate cycle and dry on th erack in dryer and see what gives. If all fails, I'll get me a new set of boots while at it! Thank god season is over or there is NO WAY I'm riding in that funk! Dead
 
I will post results for future reference.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 12:47pm
Originally posted by VNlilMAN

I threw my boots in the washer(and I think dryer too maybe on a low cycle?) one time and the following week one of the straps ripped off. coincedence? I dont know but i've never doing that again.
Maybe try something with baking powder?
 
you threw the ENTIRE boot in your wash and dryer?  shell and all?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 4:46pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 4:59pm
Originally posted by kimchijajonshim

In the future, take some newspaper up with you to the hill.  It'll act as a desiccant and suck up the moisture so the stink has less time to set in.
 
Another good item to use for this are dryer sheets.  after riding, separate the liners from the shell, and stick 2-3 sheets in each liner and shell.  let them dry in open air and keep the sheets in until the next time you ride. works like a charm.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 5:08pm
^^^^Awesome. Thanks for sharing!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 5:12pm
dry them real well after use
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 5:13pm
+1 for dryer sheet idea. I put a dryer sheet in each boot after each riding session and I make sure  I take the boots out of my bag when I get home to let them air out. My boots dont smell too bad after 3 years of riding.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 5:20pm
I was told this by someone who has been riding for years and it works, I tried it.  Fill a tub or pan with water and add some vinegar to make a weak solution. Soak the liners in this, no soap because soap will not completely come out. Then just rinse and let air dry. Worked fine for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 5:21pm
dryer sheets work great
I also do hand wash in the bathtub and soak then air dry works great
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 5:22pm
True the dryer sheets method is great I do that after every use to keep them fresh.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 6:41pm
Awesome idea on the dryer sheets.
 
I had these boots for 3 years and always dried them in open air. They were fine. It was lonly ast weekend were I got the funk! Summer like temps, melted snow, BBQ! Ppl were shirtless or tank-tops! It was 1st time I ride in such temperature! And 1st time my feet sweat so bad (it was like full of water on the inside! Thus... my boots now got the funk!
 
Next time I`m taking my spare old lace boots if such temperatures ever show up again (doubt that).
 
Thnx for all the help. I will try something this week and post results.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 6:43pm
Cause you use febreeze? I dunno if washing boots will destroy it, like how my mom washes my shoes. I just throw them away afterwards. They become structurally weak.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2010 at 6:47pm

Fill a child or ladies sock (a smaller sized sock basically) with 5+ tbs of baking soda and thow them in there as a deoderizer.  Dont just do it now but do it all the time after your boot has dried while in storage.  It will help tons and is basically like 99 cents. 

After a while if you notice it's not working well anymore, toss it and make a new one... so cheap why not!  It works for your fridge ... should work for your boots too =) it works in your closet too and basically anywhere needing deorderizer
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/09/2010 at 10:48am
I checked my boots, the label says they are washable. However, after I wash them, the boots are felt different, much less comfortable and a little bit loose. Cry
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How did you wash them? I the washing machine?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/09/2010 at 11:14am
Have you tried to just let the sun dry it out?

Its the bacteria that is causing the smell.  Just leave it out to dry for a day or two until the bacteria is all dried out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/09/2010 at 11:19am
Originally posted by Backside10

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2nd that, lysol kills the germs that cause the stink. I use it with my skate pads that get pretty smelly and it really works well! gentle cycle in the machine. for liners I would probably follow manufacturers advice and soak but use lysol and a little detergent.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/13/2010 at 7:47am
Update...
 
1. Washed on delicate cycle in machine
2. Air dried (not dryer heat)
3. That took out 70% of funk
4. Washed on delicate cycle again
5. Air dried with freshner sheets inside liner
6. 95-98% of funk is gone.
 
Smells good, I guess as gooid as any other day before the big funk was out. But woudl like to bring to true fresh NEW like scent! Wink
 
Will try adding the baking soda/gold bond or any other shoe store item that may add. Will update.
 
Lysol and other spary/powder just did not work at all. And for reference, I always air dry them after usage. But will be taking better care for next season. Maybe it was an accumelation that tipped it off the edge on that hot winter day! Dead
 
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Has anyone tried to talking to a dry cleaner?  they might have some tips or a anti stink service?
 
 
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Originally posted by Backside10

lysol.
2nd that, lysol kills the germs that cause the stink. I use it with my skate pads that get pretty smelly and it really works well! gentle cycle in the machine. for liners I would probably follow manufacturers advice and soak but use lysol and a little detergent.
 
doesn't work for my shoes.  doesn't seem to work on bowling shoe rentals either. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/13/2010 at 11:09am
Was the fit affected at all after throwing them in the washer?

Don't think it has been mentioned, but if you did not want to wash them, you can try throwing them in the freezer to kill the bacteria. Some people who are really into their jeans, don't like to wash them so they just put them in the freezer lol.

If the liners smell, the shell probably stinks too. Not sure how you would wash those though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/13/2010 at 12:48pm
mild soap to wash ,and pack them with newspaper to dry them. Otherwise, buy a new pair! oh or use cedar wood
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old household myth. placing coins in your boots gets rid of the smell.
haha sounds stupid so ive never tred it. just sharing it XD
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Update...
 
1. Washed on delicate cycle in machine (Tide he)
2. Air dried (not dryer heat)
3. That took out 70% of funk
4. Washed on delicate cycle again (Tide he + Oxi Clean)
5. Air dried with freshner sheets inside liner
6. 95-98% of funk is gone.
 
7. Placed baking soda in socks and stuffed in boot liner
8. Placed dryer sheets in liner & under liner (in boots)
 
Carpet bouncing for 1/2 hr... result:
 
As good as it can be! Nothing different than any regular day riding. No super ultra killer funky stink. Just good ole normal scent. While on the shelf:
 
9. New dryer sheet
10. Baking soda bags
11. News paper
 
Took a sniff a few minutes ago... did not faint! Wink So, it's all good.
 
I hope this helps...
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/18/2010 at 12:29pm
baking powder does work. usually have it in the freezer, basement, shoes, and any other places that can get dank. just for storage. if you wash the liners in the washing machine, make sure to use delicate cycles and avoid softners and bleach. if you can get a mesh bag that chicks use for their lingerie, itll help from to keep the liners from getting damaged. and alway air dry.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/18/2010 at 1:02pm
How do you guys use the baking soda with shoes?

Do they sell small individual bags or do you make your own?
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UV light (sunshine) kills smelly bugs, but it can damage some materials too :(
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/19/2010 at 9:20am
Originally posted by cornedBeef

How do you guys use the baking soda with shoes?

Do they sell small individual bags or do you make your own?
 
Costs $1.11 in a small box ofd teh shelf. I put each half in one sock and tie it up (so powder is not loose). And just drop it in the shoe. Funky smell out of my boots... PRICELESS! Wink
 
Having said that, my friend's wife had the "same box" in the fridge! She just opened the side flaps withpout actually opening the box. Has some kind of soft membrane sheet on the inside. So, I might actually go grab me 2 boxes and just use it like that (no need for socks).
 
Hope this helps.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/12/2010 at 10:37am
Great idea filling the socks; I might have to give that a shot.  One change I'd recommend: I've read that activated carbon works much better than baking soda for absorbing odors.  You can pick it up in most pet stores by the fish area.

Moisture is definitely an issue though, especially in Portland.  It can take a few days before the boots dry out, which can be a bummer if you're riding two days in a row.  I'm almost tempted to get one of those boot dryers, but that seems so excessive for me.

If the boots are already mildewed, try a white vinegar solution.  It'll stink at first, but it'll kill the mildew, and the vinegar smell will go away.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/12/2010 at 11:35am
if your boots are wet, you can buy a boot dryer. think hair dryer with a long attachment for boots.
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