Kevin wrote through Caroline's ISP account:
> I've just come back from holiday and my booties stink.
> They were a bit damp when I packed them and I was a bit slow
> unpacking them the smell is hideous .. like strong Garlic.
> I've tried using 'sink the stink' but they still pong
> Is this normal ? Is there anything else I can do?
Garlic? Dude, whaddidyahave for lunch that day? Where did you guys go
on holiday... Italy or China?Here in California, there is a product from
Mexico that is sold in the grocery store cleaning section. It's not a
specific formulated product for SCUBA neoprene like Sink-the-Stink, but
it is by far superior to anything else I have tried to date. It called
"Fabuloso" and comes in a purple and blue formula, it's made to use as a
household cleaner, much in the same fashion as Pinesol, but not
Pine-smally and not as as strong chemically (we etched pennies with Taco
Bell red sauce and pinesol once). Fabuloso comes in two "flavors" , the
purple is scented flowerly, the blue is called cool fresh - the cool
fresh is the one I use.
The product contains an enzyme that consumes bacteria and germs, and
conversely stops odors. I had a pair of booties that I use when working
boats. I left these booties in my gear bag for almost 3 weeks in
between trips a couple years ago... they developed quite a rot smell
about them. I had been using Sink-the-Stink for my wetsuit and all other
neoprene for awhile then, but had run out to clean the booties this
time. After rummaging around the house for something to use this one
time (it was 11 pm, the local dive shop closed at 8 pm) I substitued
the "Fabuloso" product.
I use 8 oz of Fabuloso to one 35 gal trashcan full of water. It does
foam slightly, but breaks down withing 10 minutes or so. I let my gear
soak for between 30 to 45 minutes, hang up and then rinse with a hose.
If I have something that really reeks, like boots that are really-really
stanky, I pour 2-4 oz of Fabuloso full strength into the boots, add a
like amount of water and let then sit for a few hours. After the soak
time is up, rinse out and hang to dry. I have been using this product
for a few years now and have not had any unduly breakdown of neoprene
boots, gloves, or hoods. I even rinse out my BC, wings, polartech
undergaments, outside panels of my drysuit and gear bags with the
solution. It actually cleans and eliminated ALL smells, including that
fishy "UW hunter" stench I get on my drysuit sometimes... no smells come
back either. The only smell that can be detected after cleaning the
gear is the faint "cool fresh" smell from the solution.
What a difference, no smell at all from the original stink. Even much
later when the boots were used and then stored wet, the newer rot smell
was barely detectable. The bottle states the product is
bio-degratable. The real clincher on this product is that it's only
$1.29 USD a bottle for 32.4 oz (960 Ml). At that price, you can do 8
loads of gear washings in the way described above. That's 0.16 a load -
compare that to the $1.50 USD per load that Sink-the-Stink goes for
around here. It gets even better when the product goes on sale for as
low as .99 a bottle!
But... I digress...