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    Default Solution for stinky hiking boots?

    I made a possibly fatal error after a hike a few weeks ago. I accidentally left my boots in the trunk of my car, with dirty socks tucked into them, for about a week. It was a rather warm week. They seem to have become permanently toxic even after much attempted airing out. Maybe scrubbing the insides with something? Spraying with air freshener?

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    Maybe spray them with Lysol to kill any mold or bacteria, then air out in direct sunlight for a few days?
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    Default Fabreeze

    Fabreeze. If it works for my sons stinky sneakers it will work on anything.

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    Default Fabreze

    Fabreze. If it works for my sons stinky sneakers it will work on anything.

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    Default Baking Soda

    Sprinkle them with lots of baking soda.

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    Default Science experiment...

    All right! I will go with the baking soda first, since I have some on hand. If that does not work, I will move on to the advanced Fabreze solution. Maybe that on the left and Lysol on the right. I will report back on the results.

    Part of the problem was that the socks tucked inside were not only dirty, they were very wet. Anyway... always double-check your trunk...

    Along the same lines, I have some unsolicited advice. If you are on a long trip somewhere and do a sweaty hike, washing your polypro shirt in the motel sink with a bar of hand soap will not bring the shirt back to normal. No, indeed.

    This is probably more than anyone really wanted to know.

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    Default Hope the febreeze works

    I play a fair amount of hockey and the gear gets nice and wet and with many days in a row in a bag it gets very stinky. The wife sprays in some febreeze and though my gear smells "flowery" for a few hours (very nice in the locker room ), it quickly deteriorates into "something dead in a flower patch".

    Alcohol (rubbing not drinking) soaked and dried seems to help, but I use a gear cleaning company which seems to work quite well and lasts a fairly long time. The alcohol may not be good for the boots, but the gear cleaning is safe for leather skates so I assume it would be OK for hinking boots too. Gear costs $45 so I can't imagine boots alone to be very expensive...local hockey stores usually may have a drop-off and pickup service. Your final solution may be to relegate your boots to the same spaces that hockey gear gets...some basement or garage corner where the rest of the family can't smell it.

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    Default Anything Stinky

    I don't know if this stuff is real or a gimmick; but it sure is funny
    https://www.buyaspray.com/flare/next?etag=4aspray

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Legs and Little d View Post
    I don't know if this stuff is real or a gimmick; but it sure is funny
    https://www.buyaspray.com/flare/next?etag=4aspray

    Mike
    That is funny. Sure looks like a real website, but I don't think I would put my credit card info in. Too bad, I know some people that could really use it.
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    Default My solution

    The baking soda helped, but didn't make the stink disappear completely. I decided I did not like the idea of a chemical or artificially flowery scent. I took a scrubber sponge with warm soapy water and washed the insides of my boots just as if they were dirty dishes. Then rinsed with a clean sponge. (Then threw out the sponges.) Seems to have worked!

    Sorry to have inflicted this episode on everyone...

    P.S. That website was really funny.

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