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How to remove odour from my Merrell Gore-Tex hiking boots

Updated February 21, 2019

From enhancing your ensemble to practical reasons, Merrell Gore-Tex hiking boots are always a safe bet. Merrell has been in the business of making outdoor apparel for more than 25 years. This type of quality comes with a price, so taking care of these quality hiking boots is in the best interest of protecting your investment. If you've noticed a less than pleasant odour from your boots lately, it means little more than you're getting your money's worth out of them. Removing odour from your hiking boots is easily accomplished, leaving you more time to explore the great outdoors.

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Remove odour

  1. Dampen a clean cloth and wipe down the boots. A toothbrush will come in handy for removing dirt from the tread on the bottom.

  2. Remove the laces if needed and wash them in warm soapy water. Set them aside to air dry.

  3. Dip a clean cloth in white vinegar for removing stubborn stains.

  4. Sprinkle baking soda inside the boots and set them somewhere cool and dry. If you don't want to pour baking soda inside the boots, fill clean socks with the baking soda and set one in each boot.

  5. Allow the baking soda to sit inside the boots overnight to absorb any odours or residual moisture.

  6. Remove the baking soda in the morning and check to see if the odour has gone.

Other ideas

  1. Set the boots out in the sunshine. Sometimes the fresh air and sunlight will help to kill off any lingering bacteria that may be causing the smell.

  2. Wipe down the inside of the boots with a clean cloth dipped in white vinegar and allow the boots to dry somewhere cool and dry. Setting the boots near a heater may only help them to accumulate mould and make the problem worse, so be careful where you put them.

  3. Stuff fabric softener sheets into the boots and leave them there overnight to give the inside of your boots a fresh scent.

  4. Crumple up newspaper and put it inside the boots. Leave the newspaper there for 24 to 48 hours to help absorb any odours.

  5. Tip

    Always wear fresh clean absorbent socks each time you put on your boots to help prevent odours.

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About the Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.

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