/ Microwaving rock shoes to eliminate pong?
If this does work they should install microwaves for this purpose at indoor walls. To warm shoes up first.
What other ingredients do you include?
One alternative is to get some odor and bacteria killing spray from the chemist. Even lynx will help, a bit with the added bonus that women will fall at your feet. Well you will be at a wall and this statement is 100% true.
Warm water + Bleach + Brush
You could just live with the smell?
Freezer in a bag might do too.
Cat Litter , best rock shoe/running shoe deodorizer there is on the planet.
So much so my other half's talking about sewing cat litter into my grundies for when i have my daily guff.
I put Bananas in mine
Embrace the smell, I can find my Anasazi VCS in the dark by smell alone. Very useful!
So far I've used tea tree oil between washes which helps a little, but now hang mine outside but covered so they wont get drenched if it rains.
I put mine in the washing machine, worked a treat but they shrunk a bit, not sure if it's effected performance as I don't climb hard enough anyway
another vote for grow to love the smell.
Some climbing walls have a device that looks similar to a microwave but fires silver at the shoes which sterilises them.
One of life's mysteries...
do you wear socks in your other shoes ?
Leave them outside the bag on a carabiner, and dry them out when home. Occasionally wash them in hot water mixed with dettol to kill bacteria.
If I don't air mine out after climbing, they smell bad.
I've tried hand washing, but that was too much work. The washing machine [I remove the laces] does a good job.
As for keeping the smell away in the first place, I have good success with foot powders designed for this purpose. They work really well.
Once as a kid I used this stuff, http://www.grans-remedies.co.nz/ , for about a week or a month, entirely solved my smelly feet for ages [years].
Can't find it in stores where I am, but I found a similar powder. Regularly powder my shoes and it works fine. Doesn't have that long lasting effect grans had though.
If your shoes smell you have probably got athlete's foot.
Use Canestan cream (the thrush version has 2% active rather than the athlete's foot version at 1%) and wash and dry daily. Get a fungicidal spray and treat ALL your shoes at least three times at one week intervals. Make sure you dry shoes properly after wearing, including removing the insoles.
I'm serious about this use of cat litter , its designed as a deodorizer , when you pour the cat litter out just use the vac on the hoover to remove any residual dust.
It was super scrimpers on channel 4 about 6 months ago ( old gits saving money should have been the title )
I found that just getting really hot water with some washing powder in a sink, let them soak for a few hours then empty and repeat. After about 3 times the worse was gone. Little effort too! ;)
Which never really fully comes out, and turns to mush next time you wear them?
Put a squirt of talc in them after every use. If you wear tiny socks when climbing, the sweat goes into the sock rather than soaking into the shoe. Added bonus of slightly warmer toes in winter. Added bonus of not getting rubbing sore bits on your feet.
I think another strategy to try is having two pairs
> Put a squirt of talc in them after every use.
Another shout for talc or foot powder.
> do you wear socks in your other shoes ?
Good point, yeah, I do. I sometimes wear socks in my rock shoes as well, if it's cold, but not often.
using acids (e.g. vinegar)
using alkali (e.g. baking soda)
cytotoxic substances - e.g. silver, alcohol
Freezing them might kill some bacteria but I'd guess it's the least useful way mentioned.
You can also stop the bacterial buildup to begin with by:
- Removing shoes between climbs to allow them to air and reduce moisture in them.
- drying shoes immediately after use on radiator or similar, rather than throwing them in a sack and leaving them in a constricted space with no air movement.
- keeping your feet cleaner, there are a bizillion ways to do that here: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Foot-Odor
Personally I just go with not caring very much ;D
Wash them at 60°C but add a tablespoon of washing powder into each shoe beforehand.
> Which never really fully comes out, and turns to mush next time you wear them?
If you don't use a bit of common savvy then of course. You only have to use it sparingly and make sure your shoes are dry. Been using it for 10 years and never known it turning to 'mush'. Then again if you are extremely smelly you may need to use a lot more BS...
If all of the above fails I can recommend this stuff here ; http://sureair.eu.ukwsp1.com/max/
do read the label though !
personally I take my rock shoes off as much as poss but if and when they do get a bit pungy I give em a sponging with a diluted bleach and lemon juice solution let them dry in the sun and they seem to be fine !
The cat litter idea seems like a good one as well .
This might be a bit heretical, but you know you can actually wear socks in climbing shoes. :O) (Especially baggy old ones that you wear for warming up and bumbling about.)
I take a couple of small sheep with me in my bag, slip them into my shoes after each wall session.
as said above its the bacteria in shoes that makes them smell - washing helps but anti bacterial spray is a good cheap simple solution.
I recently bought a Klenz machine (www.klenzeurope.com) and put all the shoes I get for resoling through that before I do them (www.llanberisresoles.com) - It seems to work well, although I had to put a really bad pair of evolvs through twice.
Hmm, interesting. Sterishoe seems another option with a lot of good reviews
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