I just read through numerous "boot funk" threads and none really answers this question. Is it or is it not OK to wash the liners?
Is It OK To Wash Ski Boots?
Depends how you plan on washing them.
Most would say, if you get it a little damp, no harm there, they get damp when you're skiing anyway. If you're going to actually soak them maybe a different story.
I'd start first with just a can of lysol or equivilant disinfectant spray from the households aisle and see how that works for you.
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Left them out in the sun for three days and the smell is gone (it was so bad I didn't think that vinegar/lime/pinesol/febreeze... would help). I'll have to remember to air them out after each day of skiing. Will stuff a few Bounce sheets in 'em for the winter.
glad you solved it. if you're going multiple ski days, maybe worthwhile to look at getting a bootdryer. The Hot toe-males style dryers that are pretty compact (dryguy, but there are a lot of rebrands of the same thing)
Smells are caused by bacteria. Bacteria is caused by dampness.
The febreeze/vinegar/lime probably would only cover up the smell; that's why i suggested lysol or disinfectent to kill off the bacteria-works for the bowling alley.
Also, doesn't hurt to take a high standard on personal hygiene and really soap up and wash your feet to reduce bacterial load there after ski days (and before next ski day).