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    My shoes STINK!!

    Especially now sitting damp... and being ridin in for over a year.

    I wash my 'normal shoes' (Vans et. al.) in the washer just fine, but they dont damage my washer or dryer like I imagine my MTB (clipless) shoes would w/ all the metal bits.

    So, you guys got any tips-tricks?
    I have dual front loaders.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    your shoes are a year old...and damp...and you say they stink.

    sir, just what the hell do you expect?

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    Wash by hand or use someone else's machine. Or take off the cleats? As bad as it sounds in the wash I really don't think it'll do any damage to the machine.
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    Throw them in a laundry bag to wash .

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    I try to dry my shoes out as quickly as possible if they've gotten wet, sitting there wet brings the moldy bacteria stinkies on real quick. Once the cooler weather sets in I bring them in the house if they're wet rather leaving them in the cold garage to dry sllloooowwwly.

    Once your shoes are stinko the only thing I can think of is to soak them in soapy HOT water laced with lemon flavored ammonia and then dry them in the hot sun (if available). I had one pair of gloves in particular that got smelling really nasty after a few rides and that seemed to help. I don't get it though, I don't have that problem with any of the gloves I'm riding with now .

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    Don't f#ck up an expensive front loader. Use your dishwasher (when the wife is at work)
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    Quote Originally Posted by STT GUY
    Don't f#ck up an expensive front loader. Use your dishwasher (when the wife is at work)
    LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb
    LOL!!!
    Top rack, soles up BTW
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    Guys use simple green and a hose on stinky DH gear..Under arm deodorant has worked magic for me.

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    Fill 'em with baking soda and let 'em sit in the sun for a few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    Fill 'em with baking soda and let 'em sit in the sun for a few days.

    Baking soda will take the smell out of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by STT GUY
    Top rack, soles up BTW
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    if you use polyester socks, try using cotton socks. cotton soaks up the sweat way better. polyester socks just let sweat go into the shoes and they stay wet.

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    mostly wool (sometimes synthetic)

    cotton kills - and at least fiddy men.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Put some fresh coffee grounds in the shoes, and set them out in the sun. The sun will kill the bacteria, the coffee will take care of the smell.

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    I don't see where anyone said buy new shoes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    Especially now sitting damp... and being ridin in for over a year.

    I wash my 'normal shoes' (Vans et. al.) in the washer just fine, but they dont damage my washer or dryer like I imagine my MTB (clipless) shoes would w/ all the metal bits.

    So, you guys got any tips-tricks?
    I have dual front loaders.

    Most front loaders have a rack that can be installed for shoes etc.....

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    Why do you have to use a machine?

    I run my sneakers through the wash, but what I used to do, and still do from time to time, is give them a scrub and a bath in my kitchen sink or tub. Then, just set them in front of my box-fan and let them air-dry. It takes a couple hours, but I'm sure I burn less energy running it for several hours than a single hour in a 4000 watt dryer. Or set them in the sun, if it's warm/sunny enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricko
    I try to dry my shoes out as quickly as possible if they've gotten wet, sitting there wet brings the moldy bacteria stinkies on real quick. Once the cooler weather sets in I bring them in the house if they're wet rather leaving them in the cold garage to dry sllloooowwwly.

    Once your shoes are stinko the only thing I can think of is to soak them in soapy HOT water laced with lemon flavored ammonia and then dry them in the hot sun (if available). I had one pair of gloves in particular that got smelling really nasty after a few rides and that seemed to help. I don't get it though, I don't have that problem with any of the gloves I'm riding with now .

    LOL!! I don't think I want to find out what flavor my ammonia is!

    OP: Either use foot powder before and after riding or stuff a dryer sheet in each shoe. Setting up a fan to dry them after use helps too.
    I live with Fear everyday. If I ask nicely, she lets me ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manabiker
    Put some fresh coffee grounds in the shoes, and set them out in the sun. The sun will kill the bacteria, the coffee will take care of the smell.

    Sweet!! Dirty sock smell alone, or coffee AND dirty sock smell, together.....ugh.

    He's not hiding his pot stash from the K9 unit in his shoes, he just wants them to smell better!
    I live with Fear everyday. If I ask nicely, she lets me ride.

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    Coffee is a deoderizer probably the best, we used it to take the smell of raw cowhides out of semi trailers in 100+ degree heat, it doesn't cover it up it takes it away, don't use the coffee for brewing afterwards..LOL!!!
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=coffee+grounds+for+odors

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    Quote Originally Posted by manabiker
    Coffee is a deoderizer probably the best, we used it to take the smell of raw cowhides out of semi trailers in 100+ degree heat, it doesn't cover it up it takes it away, don't use the coffee for brewing afterwards..LOL!!!
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=coffee+grounds+for+odors

    I know it's good for deordorizing, but I'd think it wouldn't be great for shoes since the shoes are wet, the coffee grounds would soak into the shoes and then transfer to his socks the next time he rode. I think he'd be ruining a lot of socks using coffee to deordorize.
    I live with Fear everyday. If I ask nicely, she lets me ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliikane
    if you use polyester socks, try using cotton socks. cotton soaks up the sweat way better. polyester socks just let sweat go into the shoes and they stay wet.
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    Like another has said....when they get wet, put them out in the sun to dry ASAP. I pull out the insoles first. Also odor eater shoe powder does miracles. I highly recommend the stuff.

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    mine are lysol'ed after every ride while still wet, then left to air dry.
    same with my helmet and other unwashables.

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