Wanna know the score? One down, one to go. As in, my first grader's soccer season in now over. And my third grader's finishes this Saturday. Don't get me wrong. We love soccer! But after all these weeks, some of its charms have diminished. But, before we chant the season's final '2-4-6-8! Who do we appreciate?' let's take a moment to talk about de-stinking smelly soccer socks, and the cleats that foster the atrocious smells. With an email from Cathy:
Help! What to do about soccer socks? They are stinnnkkkyyyyy! Even after washing with a double dose of laundry detergent, oxygen bleach, and borax, and an extra rinse, they smell just awful. Hanging them out to dry helps the smell to dissipate, but with fall weather coming on, that will no longer be an option. They smell so bad that odor permeates the whole room that they are in. I've tried soaking them in borax solution, but that didn't help. Vinegar? Soaking them in baking soda? How do you do a vinegar rinse in a front-loading machine? The origin of the smell is clearly the stinky soccer cleats, so advice about those would be good too.
When I first read this email, I was a little stunned. Having two little girls who 'play' soccer has not led to such stinkyness, and for that I am grateful. By 'play,' I mean, it's all about the snack after the games. Although, as my third grader's season has shown, now that they play on a big field and have positions, they do a heck of a lot more running. So the stink may be just around the corner for us. Perhaps next season. But enough about me. Back to Cathy. Cathy mysteriously answered her own email with one line: 'Bac-Out has done the trick!'
Bac-Out is a product made by BioKleen. I know many people who love it. I have some, but am baffled by it. I haven't figured out how to use it. So please do share any tips for de-stinking soccer socks, cleats and power user tips with Bac-Out. Our stinks await!