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My boot liners stink

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
After a sweaty weekend of spring skiing at Jackson Hole last weekend, my boot liners have developed a horrible funk. Anybody have any tips to remove the smell before putting them away until next season, and preventing it from happening again?
post #2 of 30
Yank them out and give then a good washing in the sink with some generic detergent and follow that with a good shot and rinse with "Fabreeze".

Don't ever let your socks touch the floor of a ski lodge ... bacteria, mold, mildew and crap from every spilled drink kinda' end up in your boots that way ... ok, some people have naturally funky feet but IMHO that it the main cause.

It's been five years and since I follow that rule of never letting sock or foot touch the ground .... ain't never had a problem since.
post #3 of 30
I squeeze a shot or two of Dr. Scholls shoe deodorant powder in 'em every once in a while. It keeps the stink down to a reasonable level. Not a cure, though.
post #4 of 30
Throw them in the washing machine with your clothes, and dry them in the boiler room or with a boot dryer. Or use a gentle cycle (low heat) in your dryer.
post #5 of 30
After losing a few cups o' blood into one of mine from breaking a leg, it smelled nasty after sitting in a baggie for a while. Soap and water (a little ammonia doesn't hurt) and let it air dry. No reason to amp up drying time if you're gonna put them away till next season.
post #6 of 30
post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions, everybody. I think I'll go with a gentle machine wash with regular detergent and a tad bit of bleach followed up by some Fabreeze action. (The bleach is because I was trying to air dry them, but I guess I wasn't giving them enough airflow because they are still a bit damp, and now have a little mildew-ish smell.)
post #8 of 30
I'd use caution on the bleach because of it's possible effect on the foam of the liner.
post #9 of 30
"Boot Juice" The suggestions above are great and I've tried some version of all of them. For me the only thing that kills the odor for more than a few days on my liners and running shoes is a product called Boot Juice. Reliable Racing sells it. If you read the back of the can you can tell that it is basically hospital disenfectant. It is nasty stuff but IMO worth it. If the ideas already listed don't work out give this stuff a try.
Have fun.
post #10 of 30
The above suggestions are good. I wouldn't use any methods that are too violent or abraisive.

In the future, make sure you pull out your liners at the end of each day. I find that leaving them wet makes them stinky.
post #11 of 30
I have heard that a good way to summerize your boot liners is to put them in the freezer for a few days to kill the bacteria. Never tried it myself, mind you, just heard it secondhand.

You may want to empty the freezer of anything you might want to eat someday...
post #12 of 30
Originally Posted by nolo View Post
I have heard that a good way to summerize your boot liners is to put them in the freezer for a few days to kill the bacteria. Never tried it myself, mind you, just heard it secondhand.

You may want to empty the freezer of anything you might want to eat someday...

I tried that with my sailing boots - VERY stinky. It didn't work, unfortunately, but maybe I didn't leave them for long enough.
post #13 of 30
Throw them in the washer? Yikes! What kind of liners do you have? What kind of material are they packed with? Mine are Zipfit and packed with cork. They have been sculpted and molded to my feet. I would never ever even think of tossing them in the washer.

The keys for keeping my foot stench to a minimum has been daily use of boot dryer and lysol and taking them out of the boot to dry every week or so.

post #14 of 30
Thread Starter 
They're from Salomon Performa 8 boots. I don't have any technical informmation on them - I've sent a note to Salomon via their website about care instructions, but haven't heard anything back yet. The lines have Salomons "My Custom Fit" tech, which is the heal-molding type thing, so I'm planning on using cold water.
post #15 of 30
Contacting Salomon sounds like a prudent move to me. I'm not saying it's definitely a bad idea to wash them, just sounded alarming.

post #16 of 30
Thread Starter 
Well, they sent me a response while I was at work today.

They said:
Machine wash, gentle cycle with a mild soap.

AIR DRY - do not use any heat to dry. Stuff the liners with paper towels, and let them dry over time in open air, no heat.


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post #17 of 30
I'd maybe forget the bleach (has a bad smell on its own if not removed) and the trick for them not to smell again is to pat them dry inside and out then light heat(radiator,base board) to quickly dry them. Just like with wet MTB shoes.
post #18 of 30
Originally Posted by Elistan View Post
Well, they sent me a response while I was at work today.

They said:
Sounds like a good place to start. I'd change the paper towels a few times so the boots get dry before mildew finds them. Wadded up newspaper will work just as well. I sometimes dry my bike shoes with newspaper, replacing with dry paper a couple times at two of three hour intervals. I've heard good things about Fabreze if that doesn't do it.
post #19 of 30
A little sunlight kills a lot of molds and bacteria also. I'm not saying leave them in 100 degree full sun for a month, but sunlight and fresh air.......there is no better deodorizer. Keep your chemicals!
post #20 of 30

calling Martha Stewart, calling Mar ..

2 cloves of garlic, mince and set aside
1 cup of chopped parsley
1 medium onion thinly sliced
3 cups of bread crumbs
1 cup of Worcestershire sauce
1 pound of finely ground beef, pork or veal

Blend all above and set aside in the refridgerator for the ingredients to marry for two hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Stuff the stuff into the boot liners and bake for two hours.

Toss liners into trash and see if the dog will eat the stuffing.
post #21 of 30
Thread Starter 

Well, the machine wash on gentle cycle cold with Tide Free got rid of about 80% of the funk. We then spritzed the liners with antimicrobial Fabreeze. They're currently drying with the paper towel method.

I'll report back how they smell once they're completely dry.
post #22 of 30
If they still stink run them in the machine again.
post #23 of 30
My boot liners stink too.

I just dont care
post #24 of 30
An ounce of prevention....

post #25 of 30
Dryer sheets and a boot dryer works every time.
post #26 of 30

Drying boots with newspaper.

If they are really soggy, change the paper a few times.

But then, to get them really dry overnight the key is to have
the newspaper sticking up out of the boots quite a ways.
Scrunch the paper so it is continous toes to open air
(i.e. cylinders, not balls). It acts as a wick, pulling moisture
up to the part waving in the breeze.
post #27 of 30
To prevent it from happening again:

Use some kind of no-heat forced air boot dryer after every single ski day. No exceptions. Don't leave them in the trunk of the car or under the basement stairs.

Never re-use a pair of socks. Clean socks every day. Don't let them touch the floor of the lodge, locker room, or condo.

If Salomon says to wash 'em, go ahead (as you already have). My liners are full leather lace-up (hmmm...sounds kinky ) custom foam things. They will never, ever go into the washer or the dryer.

Ski boots can't possibly be as bad as neoprene kayak booties. Neoprene is notorious for developing all kinds of wonderful, um, "atmosphere."
post #28 of 30
post #29 of 30
Wash your feet.
post #30 of 30
Yes, CLEAN feet and socks. I wear different socks for the drive up in case they get sweaty. To stay WARM, I put on DRY clean ski socks just before I put on the ski boots. My buddy uses powder, I think to stay dry (and warm) more than to fight funk. Freshly washed socks are warmer than unwashed socks, even if the unwashed socks are dry.

If you don't have a boot dryer or prefer to save energy, pull the liners out of the boot and air dry. Dry the liners and shells after every use. Pull the insoles out of the liners too. Put them near the radiator or heat vent.

I'm repeating ideas from other posts but this is what I do, and my boots are odor free. FYI
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