Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Outside Trail Smarts How To How to Deodorize Boots, Insoles and Boot Liners

How to Deodorize Boots, Insoles and Boot Liners

Hiking boots (or ski boots) can get a bit funky after heavy use. Deodorizing is easy when you understand what to do and how it works. You’ll want to treat the funk so it goes away, not cover it up.

It’s no secret that boots can get a bit funky after heavy use. Deodorizing is easy when you understand what to do and how it works. You’ll want to treat the funk so it goes away, not cover it up. One easy way to do this is with a product called MiraZyme from Gear Aid. It’s an all-natural, enzyme-based deodorizer.

Just follow these three steps

  1. Remove the insoles or liners and loosen the laces as much as possible to allow the interior fabric to air out.
  2. Add 1 tsp. MiraZyme for every 2 gallons of cold or warm water. Soak articles.
  3. Once fully saturated, remove articles from solution and allow to fully air dry. Do not rinse.

Why it works

While drying, the enzymes attack the bacteria that causes the odor. The longer the gear is wet, the longer the enzymes can work—so remember not to force-dry the item. Once dry, those insoles and liners will be as good as new!

How-To tip courtesy of Gear Aid, of Bellingham, WA. Gear Aid produces a variety of cleaning and repair products for outdoor gear enthusiasts to help prolong the lives of their gear and avoid costly replacements. Find Gear Aid products at your favorite outdoor retailer, or online at gearaid.com.

This article originally appeared in the Jan+Feb 2013 issue of Washington Trails magazine. Support trails as a member WTA to get your one-year subscription to the magazine.