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is there a cure for moldy smelling boot liners?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
mine are currently spinning in the dryer. i guess i didnt do a good enough dryout before i put them away last spring. any suggestions?
post #2 of 21
Maybe nothing, but try:
--Lots of ventilation and sunlight if you can
--Enzyme based odor eliminator. Check the pet supply aisle if you can't find it anywhere else.
--Seal in a bag with mothballs or a moth block for a period of time, then lots and lots of ventilation.
post #3 of 21
A cure for smelly liners? sure. A cure for moldy liners? maybe not. It depends on what you mean by moldy... if you can easily brush it off then you are probably ok. If the mold has grown so much that you think it may be INSIDE the liner as well as on the outside then you probably need to go see your local fitter and start talking about new boots.
post #4 of 21
I'm thinking cold weather, put them in the freezer and get them ready for winter.
post #5 of 21
Wash with bleach. That's what the household mold exterminators use.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 

its not actual visible mold, just a whiff of that scent of moldyness

actually, not nearly as bad as mothballs. in fact, if id kept my nose 5 ft away i wouldnt smell it. i did put them out in the sun for days before i put them away.maybe ill try the pet enzyme stuff...we have that.or maybe foot powder.
post #7 of 21
and if all that doesn't work...$180-$200 for an intuition liner
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by BigE View Post
Wash with bleach. That's what the household mold exterminators use.
No they don't.

Find a product called "Permawash" made by Zinnser. It's about $20 for a gallon. Take a spray bottle and soak the liners down really well and let them completely dry. If that doesn't work, dunk the liners in a bucket full of Permawash (you could maybe cut it about 25% with water) and completely soak them through and let them dry. If that doesn't work, throw out the liners and get some Intuitions or just deal with the smell.

Next time, take your liners out of your boots after every ski day.
post #9 of 21
Spray them with lysol, then put them in a ziploc freezer bag and place them in the freezer. Should kill anything that is growing. If it is that extreme, I would at least buy new liners.
post #10 of 21
I use a Lysol cleaner with bleach when I'm sure there is mold, and baking soda when they are just regular smelly. I also like to let them dry in the sun once a year. I put them on an air dryer every day I ski. By March they always smell like last weeks laundry.

BK
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by duke walker View Post
actually, not nearly as bad as mothballs. in fact, if id kept my nose 5 ft away i wouldnt smell it.
That's how I decide if my dress shirts are clean enough for work. You need to manage your expectations.

BK
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 

and the winner is bode!

that was great.

if i had kept my nose out of them, it wouldnt be a problem.

baking soda sounds like its worth a try.maybe a touch of lysol.


but when i found a pair of last years boots with an intuition liner for $230 tax/ship/tip included i think ill do that as well.
post #13 of 21
Are they spinning in the dryer because you are trying to kill off what's in there or because you just washed them?

Mold smell is hard to get rid of even after the critters are dead. But throw you liners in a bucket with some detergent....I don't think I would use bleach because it deteriorates some foams. Let it soak...maybe use some antibacterial soap as well. Next day throw them in the washing machine. Finally, when you dry them....air drying is best but since you already used the dryer, shove one or two scented fabric softener sheets in the liners. Once the boots are 100% dry, store them with some fabric softener sheets as well. I highly doubt you'll have any funk left in your liners after this.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 

they were in the dryer just to dry them. i didnt even know that you could wash liners.

i thought that washing or soaking in detergent would destroy them
post #15 of 21
No, they will be fine if you wash them...drying them in the dryer is the thing that might shorten their lives, the heat can break down the foam and melt/dry out the glues.
post #16 of 21
Here's a sure fire way to get rid of mold and mildew.
Call aroung to your local rental centers and see if you can rent an ozone generator. Stick anything that's nasty with it in a small room or large closet. Be sure that you have air circulation though. Cook everything overnight with it, then air it out totally.
The ozone will kill anything living in your funked out liners, clothing etc. And everything will smell as fresh as it will ever be.
I've been doing this on nasty, moldy boats for years.

Mike
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by duke walker View Post
i thought that washing or soaking in detergent would destroy them
You need a light bleach solution, 3/4 cup per gallon. Then soak the liners. The solution has to penetrate deeply to kill the roots of the mold. The key to killing the mold is for the bleach solution to make contact with the mold -- ALL OF IT, not just on the surface meterial.

Then rinse the bleach out with clean water, wash with detergent if you want to, rinse again and hang to dry or use special purpose boot dryers.

They're just liners -- they are made to get wet.
post #18 of 21
Yes, there's a solution: Napalm.
post #19 of 21
what if your liner are intution and they smell...thats my problem.
post #20 of 21

Bad Boots

You can buy "Boot Juice". Its a lemon scented disinfectant spray that eliminates orders, molds, mildew, and most germs...20 oz spray for $10.

Make sure you completely dry out your liners...remove them once in awhile. Use antiperspirant/deodorant on your feet and always use a clean pair of socks.

I have a "Hot Gear" heated boot bag that I plug in every night (on low). Even on cold days I start out with warm, dry feet. It's worth carrying my boots home every night. There's additional space for gloves and clothing as well. Lots of online stores carry it.
post #21 of 21
"if i had kept my nose out of them, it wouldn't be a problem"

They probably don't smell much worse than old tennis shoes. Keep your nose out of them and ski. Don't spend much money on them if they are a few years old and bothering you. Just chunk 'em and buy aftermarkets.
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