Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:57 pm Posts: 5105 Location: California
I recently cleaned my boot liners that had a couple seasons on them as they were getting pretty funky smelling.
I made a tub of warm water and bleach (not toooo much) and soaked the liners for about 1/2 hour. After thorough rinsing and drying I can't believe how good they smell now! Like a bouquet of fresh flowers......well maybe not that nice but you get the point.
Joined: Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:38 pm Posts: 806 Location: The Belly of Ham baby!!
fwiw, I've heard that freezing your boot liners in your deepfreeze works...but that could be just a rumour. gary
Not just a rumor!!! IT WOOOOOORKS!!! My rock climbing shoes were getting so bad, I was almost going to chuck them. Then this old climber chick named Petie told me to freeze them, and that's it!! Did it with my boot liners too, and WALLA!! Sniff sniff goodness
I've heard that the ranky stank comes from foot fungus, not bacteria. This fungus can be assasinated by deep freezing. Just make sure you don't set your nasty feet on your roommate's deer steak.... That's a freezer no no...
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Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:57 am Posts: 1111 Location: Santa Barbara, CA/Ashland, OR
never tried it on boot liners, and never EVER had my goggles stink up, but I do use mirazyme religiously on my base layers which get pretty stank-booty. It solved the problem of washing polypro (or any synthetic) and still having the stank on em when they come out of the dryer.
I like the freezer idea though..no need to use detergents or bleach (which..if used too often or too much WILL absolutely breakdown your synthetic materials) and kill all the funk....I've got a "deep freeze" in the garage so finding a clear spot to put em and getting em out before the wifey sees them is totally doable.
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Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:41 pm Posts: 1619 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
I used to use Lysol, but now I use this stuff called Bac-Out. It's all-natural and seems less "chemical-y" than Lysol, and it works well. I just spray my liners (and my base layers and all the other stanky stuff) after riding, and try to let it air dry some if possible. That has been working pretty well to prevent the stank from building up in the first place. The freezer/mirazyme/etc solutions may be necessary once the stank has taken hold, like if you leave your wet boot liners in a confined space to fester for a day or two...