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Wetsuits And all the stuff that goes with them; Hoods, Boots, Gloves - neoprene for all!

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Old 09-24-2007, 08:33 PM   #11
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Rinsing them out well is the first step. Getting them dry quickly is the second step.

A couple times I forgot to get my boots out of the trunk for a day or two after diving, and when I finally did, it was no fun for anyone.

To recover, I used wetsuit shampoo on them (really worked the lather into the neoprene--inside and out), and then rinsed them. Finally, I poured a capful of Listerine into each boot and made sure all interior surfaces were wet, and then poured it out, and put the boots into a gallon ziplock bag to marinate overnight.

The next day, I just let them air dry... not only did it solve the problem, it seemed to help them resist the funk the next time.
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:39 PM   #12
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Oh man another case of stinky bootie. I just hate it when that happens.

Simple green or mouthwash. I even use mouthwash in my BC..ahhh minty fresh.

Piece of PVC pipe works to help keep them opened up.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:24 PM   #13
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A boot dryer from wal-mart or cabela's could do the trick once you have them rinsed out with simple green or something similar.
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Old 09-24-2007, 10:23 PM   #14
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Stop peeing in them and they won't stink.
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Exclamation Something different!!!!

There is a fairly new product out in the cleaning section of the grocery store from Clorox called Anywhere. It is an enhanced form of bleach that will not stain fabrics. This product kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. It is safe to spray on wet suits, boots, BC's(Bladders as well), Reg's, ect......... with no ill effects (stains or fading). Killing germs and bacteria not only gets rid of ant smells but keeps anything from growing on stored equipment as well.

It is so safe they market it to parents to disinfect the newborns toys and such because it is safe enough to spray on a toy and let dry and if the child picked it up and placed it in their mouth it is OK. Daycares use this product to disinfect their centers.........

Give it a try..............
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Stop peeing in them and they won't stink.
Wish that worked. If you dive quarries or anything that you can get plant life into the boots you stand the chance. I even had a set of Turtle fins start.
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Stop peeing in them and they won't stink.
Please tell me that is not from personal experience????
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Rinsing well -

The suggestion is rinsing well and drying is a good one!

I always rinse my gear (including boots, gloves, hood, etc.) quite well with fresh water. After an ocean dive, I then soak them in a tub and rinse again before hanging up to dry.

At the house, I use 2" PVC to make a cheap hanging rack for all of our gear. For boots and gloves, I simply used an old metal hangar with the ends folded upward. I hang the boots on each end and hang them on the rack. The boots are kept open and allowed to air dry.
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:35 PM   #19
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The plastic inserts that come in most new fins are great for propping booties open to dry.
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Listerine works very well.
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