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« on: August 06, 2009, 02:24:53 PM »

Vibram says that VFFs are to be washed in a powder detergent. Does anyone know why this is so? And why a liquid detergent might not be appropriate?

I remember reading that some forum members clean their VFFs with "green"products. If this is you, could you tell me what you use and why?

Last question... I wash my running kit in a liquid product called SportsWash (supposed to be better for technical materials). Do you think this would OK to use for washing my KSOs?

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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2009, 03:04:36 PM »

I have only ever used liquid detergent and have had no problems. I also let them soak with spray OxiClean on them for half an hour before washing if they smell bad and have had no problems with that either.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2009, 03:07:49 PM »

Hi Alan,

I have just washed my KSO's for the first time in the washing machine - we washed them on a woollen 30 degree centigrade cycle using standard washing powder and liquid conditioner - they seemed to have come out OK!
Obviously they were left to Air Dry.

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Thanks for the idea about pre spraying with oxiclean Tina as mine still had a small smell inside after cleaning!
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 03:14:33 PM »

The girl at REI who had blue sprints recommended mirazyme odor eliminator to get the stanky smell out of our vffs. Mirazyme is normally used for wet suits or other gear, just soak in water with the stuff and the enzymes breaks down the stinky bacteria.

Haven't had to use it yet since our vffs are still fairly new, but will update about how it works. It's pretty cheap stuff and doesn't damage the material. I don't think it's for leather or suede though. Just passing on some info.

I did use ocyclean to spot clean my KSOs after my dog walked on them with muddy paws. Worked brilliantly.
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009, 04:38:37 PM »

Thanks, everyone! Your replies are really helpful!

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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 07:43:58 PM »

 Hi Alan, this is the thread that my washing details are outlined. Hope it helps. Check out the rst of the thread for valuable info. Kevin



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I wanted to bump this topic up after listening to Tina's podcast with Michael Martin of Vibram. One of the questions talked about undesirable odors coming from VFF's. I have found what I think is a good solution and use it all the time. I also wrote about it in this thread but wanted to share it with our newer guests.

I wear FF's exclusively in my job as a street level sales rep (as well as everywhere else shoes are required). Stinky feet are out of the question. After every two wearings I take my shoes out to the patio, soak them with hose water, spray liberally with Clorox Green Works, scrub inside and out with my fingertips, rinse thoroughly and hang them on the line. It takes a total of about one minute. If they are still wet when I want to wear them I toss them in the dryer on low and haven't had any problems.

I'm sure the bathtub or local stream would work just as well.

If it's going to be very hot I will rub some powder on my feet before wearing. Knowing that people can get close to my shoes without me worrying about them fainting is great piece of mind. For me it's just part of my daily routine. Kevin
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2009, 11:46:01 AM »

Thanks, Kevin. That's great feedback!

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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2009, 11:59:48 AM »

Good tips for odors folks!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2009, 03:19:03 PM »

i wash mine only in liquid detergent, but i found that that only gets the intitial stink out, i would wear them for 30 mins after they  were clean and my feet and the shoes would stink really bad again, for awhile i wasnt wearing that much cause i would wear them and wash them everyday and the stink was killing my wife, one day i went swimming in them and they havnt stank since, i think it is because the cholrine in the water is killing everythin in the shoe, so now i wear my KSO's everyday and run in them everymorning and go swimming in them once to twice a week to make sure the bacteria doesnt build up and now i only throw them in the washer when they get dirty on the outside and they dont stink at all! And its been two months since i started doing this if anybody wanted to know.
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2009, 04:45:19 PM »

I'd be worried about using my VFFs around chlorine. Chlorine tends to break down synthetic materials kind of like bleach. I wouldn't want my VFFs stretching out/breaking down like an old swimsuit.
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2009, 09:27:34 PM »

Well ill gladly be the tester for that and ill let everyone know how my VFF's are holding up when summer is over.  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2009, 09:42:02 AM »

I use the powder oxyclean about every 2-3 times I wear my flows. They are more insulated than the others so I know my feet sweat more than they would in a KSO or classic..

1. I make a oxyclean, Hot water solution I can soak them in.
2. I take some oxyclean and put in my Vff's, Scrub with my fingers.
3. Scrub on the out side with my fingers...(make sure you get in between the toes)
4. I let them soak in the oxysolution for a few min....
5. Rinse

I throw mine on the fan to dry...... I CAN'T go with out my VFF's, so they have to dry FAST

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