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Washing boot liners

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Hi,

My boot liners get pretty sweaty and so are now rather stinky, are they safe to wash? Can I just put them in the washing machine on a delicate setting or just handwash?

cheers
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@fredbob, ..er...stinky liners are the result of bacteria and fungus and bacteria and fungus love ... warm and damp environments. To upset them mightily rather than further stimulating them, you have to wash above 50deg C.

This will ruin your liners.

However, bacteria and fungus hate nasty toxic anti-fungal powder. So we use the following simple remedy.

1 buy a container of anti-athletes-foot-powder
2 get a large plastic bag
3 tip a quite sizeable amount of powder into liners
4 place liner in large plastic bag, shake like billy-oh
5 leave to settle for a few hours - then repeat
6 leave to settle, remove liner

done - and far easier than washing. And unlike washing, it works.
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Also drying your liners thoroughly will help, both before storage and overnight when on holiday/immediately after use.

Various liner drying solutions: take liner out put on low temp heater overnight, electric boot dryers, heated boot rack, sock full of bicarb, desiccated silica bags etc.
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@valais2, not quite sure how dry powder penetrates liner foam?
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@under a new name, ...well, if itís closed cell synthetic foam (which it nearly always is) then the bacteria and fungus wonít get in the cells, they will just be festering on the surface. And a very fine powder like talc will get almost into any fabric as far as water will, given a bit of kinetic energy like a dammm good shake in a bag. The thing is ... it works for us, and better than washing...
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@valais2, ahhh.

Have you tried a controlled test of just drying them well and leaving them for the summer?
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@under a new name, ...that's the approach, I am sure ... I have never had a problem with my boots, since I dry the liners every day - I break rule 3001-4 and take the liners out and stick them on the radiator. I have frostbite damage on one foot and so like my boots looooose. Thermal moulded liners? Nope, never bother with that malarky.

Our routine: helmets, goggles, gloves, packs and boots out of the car and up to the chalet. I say '...kids can you please take your liners out and put your gloves on the radiator...'. An hour later '...kids can you please take your liners out and put your gloves on the radiator...'. An hour after that, I can see the gloves are on the radiator, but nothing else, so it's usually me who pulls the liners out and sorts the drying. But Valaisgrom2 is beginning to get into the swing of it too, and he can now haul my liners out despite the tenacious nature of Lange plastic...

But ... had some secondhand ski and snowboard boots for the valaisgroms (thanks JP) and boy did they stink after a couple of days. Previous users had not been so careful as we in drying them out each evening. So now I always treat any hand-me-downs we get for them using the powder method.
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@valais2, great tip re: athletesí foot powder. I religiously take my liners out of the shells every day I ski (50+ days this year). I leave them outside in the sun for hours on end in the summer. I keep them well aired when not skiing. Bought a whole wardrobe of brand new socks to go with my recently replaced liners. Fresh socks every day.

The liners still stink (and so do my new socks)!

Bought some Dr Schollís aerosol foot powder in the strength of this thread. Put it in my boots last night when we got back from skiing....Magic! Fresh boots! I cannot believe I didnít know about this before now.

Thanks for the tip.
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Try Gran's Remedy. Works brilliantly on any stinky footwear. Regularly bring my hiking boots back to life with it, which get real stinky/wet/muddy/covered in blood etc etc

It's genuinely awesome stuff. Looks like you can get it in the UK. Just chuck a spoonful in your boots, give them a good shake and leave it for a few days.

https://www.sanza.co.uk/Grans_Remedy_Scented.asp
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i just got some atheletes foot powder today so will be giving it a go later, cheers
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@valais2, great tip. Thanks for sharing!
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I washed a set of liners on a pretty new pair of Burton Ambush just before selling a few years ago. Did it gently by hand in warm water/detergent and the lining separated slightly from the foam down near the heal section.
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There are several liquid type anti-bacterial treatments, I use my missus' sheepskin boot stuff. Tip it in liners with a drop of water leave to soak, chuck 'em in washing machine at 60deg (.... no, I've never had a problem) and hey presto.

Done it like this for years, no problems, but usual internet advice caveats apply.
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I hand wash them a couple of times a season in slightly warm water and some Zoflora disinfectant concentrate. Works a treat and they make some nice fragrances. I am sure this is much appreciated by others when touring 😀

I do put boot warmers in where possible every night when they have been used, to make sure they are dry for the next day.
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