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  • How to get the funky smell out of my Five Fingers.....

    Ok, I have worn nothing but my VFF's since getting them two months ago. I have put them in the wash twice, last night being the second time. This morning, they still smell ripe......

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  • #2
    Soak them in a solution of distilled water and baking soda?

    I've done this with my TOMs, have to take the in-soles out first - then rinse really well and air dry (outside if you can, they dry faster in the sun and moving air, so any remaining bacteria has less chance to grow back in the moisture).
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    • #3
      The baking soda really helps! I've had mine for a few years and we travel with them in our suitcases so you definitely need to get the stink out before packing!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by OutdoorAmy View Post
        then rinse really well and air dry (outside if you can, they dry faster in the sun and moving air, so any remaining bacteria has less chance to grow back in the moisture).
        Mine always smell better after being hung outside to dry as opposed to just drying on the floor in the garage or whatever.
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        • #5
          I've had mine since October and washed them once (cuz they looked dirty). I've never gotten this ominous smell-o-funk everyone talks about.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
            I've never gotten this ominous smell-o-funk everyone talks about.
            Yeah, I have 4 pairs. No funk going on. I wash them occasionally, especially when I really sweat them up.
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            • #7
              any form of detergent seems to work for me. one thing i do, and i know this sounds gross, is scrap the inside of them once they are soaked up pretty good. try to scrap that biofilm off or what ever that funk is. re-soak and do it again. after washing i started placing the near my dehumidifer to dry them. 1: it obviously is the least humid spot of the house. 2 there is a constant flow of air so i feel like they dry fast. not scientific proof... but what ev, you know! another thing i got in the habit of was wiping my feet of with "wet ones" or washing them before puting the on. I know it seems but a bit nuts but this have more to do with the lack of smell after 2 years than anything?
              hope that helps
              jerm

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              • #8
                I soak mine with a little oxy powder if they're really bad. But I find that washing them reasonably regularly (at least weekly for the ones I wear to the gym, less often for others) with some oxy powder along with the detergent helps quite a bit. I have ridiculously sweaty feet, so I find regular washing is important so that I don't get too much ick buildup.

                To dry them, I either put them on the drying rack or set them over one of the furnace vents in the house during the cooler months. Getting them dry quickly after washing seems to help inhibit bacterial growth, as does not wearing the same pair for days on end.
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                • #9
                  I read something about using denture tablets once. If your funk is stubborn, it's probably worth a shot.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TorMag View Post
                    Ok, I have worn nothing but my VFF's since getting them two months ago. I have put them in the wash twice, last night being the second time. This morning, they still smell ripe......

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                    Soak in salt water, then freeze, then wash.

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                    • #11
                      If you don't already, try washing your feet? With soap. Between your toes. And the bottoms. Every time you're in the shower/bath. And then dry your feet.

                      My take is that it's good to harass the bacterial colony as often as you can.

                      Cheers..

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                      • #12
                        Quick, easy way is to put them in the washer, on their own, set it to medium or large load, and put a cupful of bleach in once it's almost full. It'll take the smell out and be diluted enough to not ruin the color. Just tried it myself the other day and it works wonders. The only concern I would have for long-term use of this method would be increased daily chemical exposure...
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                        • #13
                          Febreze cures all funk.

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                          • #14
                            Use some Gold Bond to prevent the funk in the first place.

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                            • #15
                              I use sneaker balls in my climbing shoes which helps them but if they can be cleaned that would be the best thing.
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