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How to keep football boots fresh??

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My son plays football a lot and does go through a few pairs of boots however I am wondering what is the best way to keep them fresh? He cleans them after every use and if they get damp/wet he puts new… Read More
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3y, 8m agoPosted 3 years, 8 months ago
My son plays football a lot and does go through a few pairs of boots however I am wondering what is the best way to keep them fresh?
He cleans them after every use and if they get damp/wet he puts newspaper in them but they still smell horrible!!

I bought him a new pair,quite expensive ones last month as he was going away to Ireland for a tournament and noticed this week that they smell disgusting as well.
He does use them at least 4 times a week but was hoping that they wouldn't be as bad as that. They are currently sitting outside with dry cloths in them sprinkled with tea tree oil.
Is there any other way to make sure they don't whiff? As said he does play a lot and goes through a lot of boots but was hoping the new ones would last a while!!

Any advice appreciated,by the way his feet are fine smell wise lol its just the footie boots :)
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3y, 8m agoPosted 3 years, 8 months ago
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Iv never tried it but sprinking baking soda in your shoes before bed an shaking it out in the morning us supposed to help.

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#1
Iv never tried it but sprinking baking soda in your shoes before bed an shaking it out in the morning us supposed to help.
#2
A10510m
Iv never tried it but sprinking baking soda in your shoes before bed an shaking it out in the morning us supposed to help.

Thank you,didn't think of that. I remember using that in a carpet years ago.
#3
Nikwax Sandal Wash may work combined with their footwear cleaning gel. Call customer support on +44 (0)1892 786 400 between the hours of 8.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday (UK time) to verify this tho.
#4
I used to have these small ball type things, one for each foot, that were scented and they kept them fresh. think I got mine from millets, I'd say outdoor shops would be your best option for finding them eg blacks, mountain warehouse etc. or try online? smelly footie boots are the worst things ever!!
#5
laurared18
I used to have these small ball type things, one for each foot, that were scented and they kept them fresh. think I got mine from millets, I'd say outdoor shops would be your best option for finding them eg blacks, mountain warehouse etc. or try online? smelly footie boots are the worst things ever!!

Thanks will have a look. They are not pleasant but at £120 I'm not keen on throwing them out!
I'm hoping the fresh air and tea tree oil might be a temporary relief :)

Edited By: takethatfan1978 on Aug 18, 2013 21:49
#6
biomehanik
Nikwax Sandal Wash may work combined with their footwear cleaning gel. Call customer support on +44 (0)1892 786 400 between the hours of 8.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday (UK time) to verify this tho.
Thank you,will have a look :)
#7
I used to use them fridge freshening eggs in my rugby boots. Pretty much any supermarket and pound store sells them and they do the job.
#8
Dumb question perhaps but why not just use the spray stuff? Like they spray into bowling shoes? I use "Scholl Odour Control Shoe Spray" in mine. It's always done the trick. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Quite a nice smell too.
#9
:) As an ex-rugby player I can honestly say that I have never once considered the need to keep my togs smelling 'Fresh'
#10
Try a bag of charcol in each boot.
#11
Disinfectant
#12
My son played football for years and I can honestly say there's no absolute answer! I didn't buy specialist products but did the following.....take them out the bag as soon as son gets home - don't leave them lingering in there. I then scrubbed the outside (usually VERY muddy oO) by taking the laces out - they can be machine washed in a net bag - putting them upside down over the bathroom sink (bleach it afterwards!) and running hot water over the soles. Then scrub with an old toothbrush and Fairy liquid, rinsing as you go, doing soles first, then sides and toes. Once clean, dry off, then polish with Mr Sheen or similar.
Wipe the inside with an old facecloth rinsed out in liquid wash such as Persil or Bold, or a liquid handwash, then wipe again after rinsing the cloth. You could use a little spray of Febreze at this stage if you want to. Put them outside or on windowsill to air until next day or until dry, then pop some baby talc inside then some scrunched up kitchen roll. At this point I usually leave in the airing cupboard.
Next time they are to be used take out the kitchen roll, get a dry cloth and wipe out the talc, give a quick spray with a spray antiperspirant and pop the laces back in and hey presto! They usually smell ok but the 'football boot' smell never goes away entirely - good enough though, and I never had to consider binning them!

Edited By: Lou Scotland on Aug 18, 2013 23:52
#13
Lou Scotland
My son played football for years and I can honestly say there's no absolute answer! I didn't buy specialist products but did the following.....take them out the bag as soon as son gets home - don't leave them lingering in there. I then scrubbed the outside (usually VERY muddy oO) by taking the laces out - they can be machine washed in a net bag - putting them upside down over the bathroom sink (bleach it afterwards!) and running hot water over the soles. Then scrub with an old toothbrush and Fairy liquid, rinsing as you go, doing soles first, then sides and toes. Once clean, dry off, then polish with Mr Sheen or similar.
Wipe the inside with an old facecloth rinsed out in liquid wash such as Persil or Bold, or a liquid handwash, then wipe again after rinsing the cloth. You could use a little spray of Febreze at this stage if you want to. Put them outside or on windowsill to air until next day or until dry, then pop some baby talc inside then some scrunched up kitchen roll. At this point I usually leave in the airing cupboard.
Next time they are to be used take out the kitchen roll, get a dry cloth and wipe out the talc, give a quick spray with a spray antiperspirant and pop the laces back in and hey presto! They usually smell ok but the 'football boot' smell never goes away entirely - good enough though, and I never had to consider binning them!

Thank you,that's a task and a half lol. The mud thing with these boots is fine its just the smell. They do get cleaned straight away so don't understand it,my husband is a coach(not sons team) and he always gets on at him about cleaning boots.

I have in the past put boots in the machine but don't want to do it with these as its not recommended and don't have an airing cupboard which I'm sure can't be good for them either?

One of our windowsill a at the back is like football boot city lol,will try the talc though. Thanks :)


We have went through 100's of pairs of boots in the past due to wear and growing of course but now he is playing for a youth academy he has been getting more expensive ones in the hope they last a bit longer and I'm hoping his feet have stopped growing,size 10-11!!
#14
momartin
I used to use them fridge freshening eggs in my rugby boots. Pretty much any supermarket and pound store sells them and they do the job.

Thank you will try that :)
#15
Phsycronix
Dumb question perhaps but why not just use the spray stuff? Like they spray into bowling shoes? I use "Scholl Odour Control Shoe Spray" in mine. It's always done the trick. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Quite a nice smell too.

I have tried,that just seems to mask it for a wee while!
#16
takethatfan1978
Lou Scotland
My son played football for years and I can honestly say there's no absolute answer! I didn't buy specialist products but did the following.....take them out the bag as soon as son gets home - don't leave them lingering in there. I then scrubbed the outside (usually VERY muddy oO) by taking the laces out - they can be machine washed in a net bag - putting them upside down over the bathroom sink (bleach it afterwards!) and running hot water over the soles. Then scrub with an old toothbrush and Fairy liquid, rinsing as you go, doing soles first, then sides and toes. Once clean, dry off, then polish with Mr Sheen or similar.
Wipe the inside with an old facecloth rinsed out in liquid wash such as Persil or Bold, or a liquid handwash, then wipe again after rinsing the cloth. You could use a little spray of Febreze at this stage if you want to. Put them outside or on windowsill to air until next day or until dry, then pop some baby talc inside then some scrunched up kitchen roll. At this point I usually leave in the airing cupboard.
Next time they are to be used take out the kitchen roll, get a dry cloth and wipe out the talc, give a quick spray with a spray antiperspirant and pop the laces back in and hey presto! They usually smell ok but the 'football boot' smell never goes away entirely - good enough though, and I never had to consider binning them!

Thank you,that's a task and a half lol. The mud thing with these boots is fine its just the smell. They do get cleaned straight away so don't understand it,my husband is a coach(not sons team) and he always gets on at him about cleaning boots.

I have in the past put boots in the machine but don't want to do it with these as its not recommended and don't have an airing cupboard which I'm sure can't be good for them either?

One of our windowsill a at the back is like football boot city lol,will try the talc though. Thanks :)


We have went through 100's of pairs of boots in the past due to wear and growing of course but now he is playing for a youth academy he has been getting more expensive ones in the hope they last a bit longer and I'm hoping his feet have stopped growing,size 10-11!!

My son is a size 10 - 11 too - we thought he was going to have enormous feet but they stopped growing when he was 14. Now, at 21, they are the same size and he is 6 feet tall.
Our airing bupboard is a great place for boots because it is just ever so slightly warm, which means the boots dry out gently which helps them smell much better - any gently warm place would do the same...maybe near a tumble dryer or somewhere similar?
I know that my son's friend's mum machine washed his boots but I have never tried it, I wasn't sure about the studs in the machine oO. I wash trainers all the time though, so maybe much the same process?
Good luck with the baby talc, it really does help :)
#17
Lou Scotland
takethatfan1978
Lou Scotland
My son played football for years and I can honestly say there's no absolute answer! I didn't buy specialist products but did the following.....take them out the bag as soon as son gets home - don't leave them lingering in there. I then scrubbed the outside (usually VERY muddy oO) by taking the laces out - they can be machine washed in a net bag - putting them upside down over the bathroom sink (bleach it afterwards!) and running hot water over the soles. Then scrub with an old toothbrush and Fairy liquid, rinsing as you go, doing soles first, then sides and toes. Once clean, dry off, then polish with Mr Sheen or similar.
Wipe the inside with an old facecloth rinsed out in liquid wash such as Persil or Bold, or a liquid handwash, then wipe again after rinsing the cloth. You could use a little spray of Febreze at this stage if you want to. Put them outside or on windowsill to air until next day or until dry, then pop some baby talc inside then some scrunched up kitchen roll. At this point I usually leave in the airing cupboard.
Next time they are to be used take out the kitchen roll, get a dry cloth and wipe out the talc, give a quick spray with a spray antiperspirant and pop the laces back in and hey presto! They usually smell ok but the 'football boot' smell never goes away entirely - good enough though, and I never had to consider binning them!

Thank you,that's a task and a half lol. The mud thing with these boots is fine its just the smell. They do get cleaned straight away so don't understand it,my husband is a coach(not sons team) and he always gets on at him about cleaning boots.

I have in the past put boots in the machine but don't want to do it with these as its not recommended and don't have an airing cupboard which I'm sure can't be good for them either?

One of our windowsill a at the back is like football boot city lol,will try the talc though. Thanks :)


We have went through 100's of pairs of boots in the past due to wear and growing of course but now he is playing for a youth academy he has been getting more expensive ones in the hope they last a bit longer and I'm hoping his feet have stopped growing,size 10-11!!

My son is a size 10 - 11 too - we thought he was going to have enormous feet but they stopped growing when he was 14. Now, at 21, they are the same size and he is 6 feet tall.
Our airing bupboard is a great place for boots because it is just ever so slightly warm, which means the boots dry out gently which helps them smell much better - any gently warm place would do the same...maybe near a tumble dryer or somewhere similar?
I know that my son's friend's mum machine washed his boots but I have never tried it, I wasn't sure about the studs in the machine oO. I wash trainers all the time though, so maybe much the same process?
Good luck with the baby talc, it really does help :)

I hope the growing stops lol he is 6ft 1 now and his brother a year older is 6ft 2 but their dad is tall so you never know!!
Will try the talc idea,anything to stop the whiff! I have put trainers in wash before but not football boots-too scared as they were £120 and would be a bit miffed if they fall apart!!

My husband put them under a radiator once the smell through the house was awful!!
banned#18
To keep my shoes dry and smelling fresh I put baking soda regularly. Cheap and effective. You can also put desiccant gel to prevent moisture from building up.

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