Smelly Shoes – we can fix that!

Smelly Shoes – we can fix that!

Smelly shoes can stink-up an entire living room. Just ask the parents of any teenage boy! It is an odor that is powerful, pungent and potentially embarrassing. And it doesn’t just happen to teenage boys – I’ve fielded dozens of phone calls from women complaining about it in hushed tones and a quiet voice. But thinking this problem through and applying Nok-Out or SNiPER correctly can eliminate this smelly shoe problem.

The Problem: BROMODOSIS   (Yep – Frank Zappa did not just make up that word)

Here is the good news: It is NOT your feet that are the source of the smell. It is the excreta from microbes that you smell. Microbe poop! After you have washed your feet – they don’t smell anymore. (If you are really concerned, you can spray your feet down with either Nok-Out or SNiPER and allow them to air dry.) So it is not your feet that stink – it’s the microbes feeding on your sweat that are the cause of smelly shoes and smelly feet.

Let’s first think about what causes “Stinkfoot”. It’s sweat, that is trapped in the shoe, providing food for microbes that feed upon the salts and other chemicals in our perspiration. Inside your shoe, it is warm and a bit damp and dark – perfect growing conditions for many microbes. When you wear the same pair of shoes day in, day out, your perspiration accumulates leaving the salts behind after the moisture has evaporated. You wear that pair of shoes again the next day and a new accumulation occurs, and so on. At some point, the moisture and salts get pushed down deep into seams, crevices and pores of the shoe material and the shoe becomes impregnated with all that stuff. By this time, you might not be able to take the smelly shoes off and stay in the same room with them. Yuck!

Nok-Out (or SNiPER) Can Remove the Odor From Your Smelly Shoes!

Here is what to do.

Before you start, bear in mind that our products do their work when they come into direct contact with the odor source. Without contact with all the smelly stuff, Nok-Out or SNiPER will not be able to do what they do.

If possible, remove the inner sole and spray it with either Nok-Out or SNiPER. Wipe it down carefully and then spray it again, this time, allowing it to stay wet up to 10 minutes. Spray again if necessary to keep it wet.

Turning to the shoes themselves, bear in mind that it probably took many months of wear for the shoes to get really smelly, so a light mist sprayed into the shoe just won’t cut it. You’ll need to spray it heavily enough that it will seep into the seams and crevices where it can come into direct contact with all of that smelly stuff.

1) Spray heavily, then use a washcloth to wipe down the interior of the shoe. Hopefully, you’ll be able to wipe away a lot of the dissolved material.
2) Spray heavily again. Try to open the shoes up a bit so that there is air getting in all the way to the toe area.
3) Allow the shoes to dry thoroughly. Repeat as needed.

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TIPS

– When you get a new pair of shoes, be proactive and don’t wait for them to start smelling. After wearing them, remove the inner sole and spray them lightly with Nok-Out or SNiPER, and let them air dry fully before putting them away.  Do this regularly, and a problem will never develop.

– If possible, don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Give them a day to dry and air out thoroughly. If you go with this prevention method, there is a good chance that your shoes – and feet – will never become really stinky.

– Wear socks. Socks absorb sweat and will thus reduce the amount of ‘food source’ that is deposited into the shoe. The below-the-ankle socks available for both men and woman today really make this a no brainer.

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Just to put things in perspective:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9FBQ1O5F8k The song “Stinkfoot” by the late, great Frank Zappa.

Deodorize and Clean Sports facilities and Equipment with SNiPER

Deodorize and Clean Sports facilities and Equipment with SNiPER

Gyms, fitness centers and locker rooms are near perfect breeding grounds for all kinds of micro-organisms that are the source of odors. Damp conditions surround communal shower areas.  Sweaty equipment gets tucked away in lockers or gym bags.   It is hardly surprising that your locker room is a smelly place.  It doesn’t have to be.  Get rid of those odors safely with SNiPER Disinfectant and Odor Eliminator.

Although there are many products out there that claim to help, most of them are only masks that hide the odor beneath some fragrance.  Or they are some type of absorbent material that is supposed to absorb those odors and make the locker room smell sweet again. At best, these products are temporary band-aids that make no attempt to remove the source of the odor but instead, try to hide the odor. At worst, some of those fragrances come from entirely unregulated ingredients that may leave a toxic residue behind and which may be a source of allergens.

Get rid of Locker Room Odor and disinfect with SNiPER!

SNiPER is the solution to locker room odor. This product can totally transform a locker room from a smelly, unpleasant place to a clean, safe indoor environment that has no odor at all. Best of all, it is safe enough that you can fog or spray the contaminated areas while people are still in place without worry, due to the low-toxicity nature of this product.  And because SNiPER is non-corrosive, it will not destroy your expensive equipment.

SNiPER is an EPA registered hospital-grade disinfectant that is 99.4% water. It is easy and safe to apply, non-corrosive, environmentally friendly and is a true deodorizer. We don’t think it is possible that you could find another product that has all these attributes in one package!

SNiPER – strong enough to kill pathogens on contact, safe enough to wash your hands in.

Buy a quart today, because you will want to have some around for when you need it!

For How-To instructions, see: http://www.nokout.com/Deodorize-and-Disinfect-Sports-Facilities-and-Equipment.html and http://www.nokout.com/Remove-Odors-from-Sports-Equipment.html

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Help! My kid’s hockey equipment stinks to high heaven!

Help! My kid’s hockey equipment stinks to high heaven!

It is hockey season again. And all that equipment can stink up a closet something fierce.

SNiPER to the rescue!

Kids – and adults – sweat like crazy when playing hockey and that sweat gets into every nook and crevice of the equipment. So does dead skin cells and other crud that provides food for the bacteria that are the real cause behind this stink.

Here’s how to fix it:

1) Wear a layer between the skin and the equipment. This helps capture both sweat and dead skin cells that provide a food source to odor-producing bacteria.

2) When you get home, take the equipment out of the bag and hang it all up to dry. Giving it a good spray with SNiPER at this stage can reduce the frequency with which you will need to put the gear into the washer. If possible, wash the clothing immediately. If it is not possible, hanging damp clothing up to dry reduces the moisture source necessary for those stink-producing microbes to thrive.

3) Spray the equipment down with SNiPER as you are hanging it up. Pay special attention to straps and other areas that are likely to absorb sweat. No matter how careful you are, at some point you will need to throw the equipment into the wash. If you are using your washing machine, add 6 – 8 oz of SNiPER to a pre-wash cycle and allow it to soak for up to 30 minutes. You can put all clothing, shin, elbow and shoulder pads and gloves into the wash. Don’t put your helmet into the wash! Be sure and ‘mate’ any velcro items to prevent tangling. Turn gloves inside out and spray with SNiPER carefully and thoroughly – allow to air dry.

If you don’t want to throw the equipment into your washer, then find a wash tub that is big enough, add SNiPER to the water (about 6 oz to a gallon of water). Before you toss the equipment in, give it a good rinse first, then into the tub and allow it to soak for an hour. Take it out, hang it up and allow it to dry. It wouldn’t hurt to put fans on it to speed the drying process.

Put clothing items into the dryer, but not pads or gloves. Air dry outside, when possible.

4) Skates can get really stinky. Give them a little spritz after every use and open the ‘throat’ a bit to allow it more air to dry more fully. If they are really damp, pull the inner soles out and allow them to dry separately. If you are one of those who frequently have shoe odor problems, it would be a good idea to give your skates a little spritz every time, after you have worn them.

Introducing Chlorine Dioxide – ClO2

Introducing Chlorine Dioxide – ClO2

Chlorine Dioxide is the power behind both Nok-Out and SNiPER.  It is responsible for both disinfecting and for removing odor, and in fact, is used in water treatment facilities all over the planet for just those benefits. Now, you can enjoy these benefits in your home because this product is pet safe and environmentally friendly.  You can use this product in your home and not worry about leaving a toxic mess behind when you clean. It is easy to apply and comes ready to use.  If you have been searching for an environmentally friendly, pet friendly, people friendly product to use when life leaves you little – or big – messes, then this may be the product you are looking for.

In it’s natural state, Chlorine Dioxide is a gas like helium or nitrogen. As you might imagine, gases are quite difficult for most people to use. For our products, this gas is stabilized into a water base. If you check the ingredients on the SDS, you can see that SNiPER™ is 99.59% water. Historically, no consumer grade product was developed for 3 important reasons. 1) gasses are hard to use – most of us can’t.  2) In its gaseous state, gas Chlorine Dioxide is toxic.  And 3) as a gas, its useful lifespan is measured in minutes. In our formulation, with Chlorine Dioxide stabilized into a water base,  all 3 of those flip-flopped. It went from hard to use gas, to easy to use liquid, from highly toxic to very low toxicity and third, it went from from very short lifespan to a lifespan measured in years and years.

The wikipedia entry(1) for Chlorine Dioxide tells us, “As a disinfectant it is effective even at low concentrations because of its unique qualities.” Also, “Many evaluations have shown Chlorine Dioxide compounds to be non-toxic. Five decades of use have not indicated any adverse effects on health. The main areas of use have been disinfecting water supplies, the elimination of unwanted tastes and odors…”(2)  Now, you can enjoy these benefits in your own home!

How Does Chlorine Dioxide Work?

Nok-Out and SNiPER™ are highly selective oxidizers and work when they come into direct contact with something smelly.  Oxidizers require direct contact with the odor source to be able to do their work. On contact, they oxidize that stuff, thus eliminating that odor permanently.  It takes some time for this oxidization process to occur, so if you were to spray onto a hard surface and then immediately wipe it up, there may not be time for this work to take place. It’s usually best to spray, wipe (to cover the surface evenly) and walk away, allowing it to air dry. It is during this drying time that Nok-Out does it’s work.

Why Should I Use Chlorine Dioxide? Why Not Just Use Bleach?

The dangers of using bleach are well documented. Do a google search for “is bleach dangerous?” and you’ll see!  In the workplace, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires anyone handling bleach to use a mask and gloves when handling this substance. Scientists in a lab wear gloves and mask and have good ventilation when using this substance. Do you take these precautions when cleaning with bleach in your home? Unlike bleach, using ClO2 does not result in by-products that are toxic to wildlife or the environment. That environment includes your home! You can rely upon  Nok-Out or Sniper  to clean and deodorize while not leaving toxins behind.

Remember, bleach is a strongly corrosive material that WILL irritate the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. These dangers are greatly increased when it is mixed with other cleaners, sometimes forming toxic gasses that can seriously damage your health.

Bleach does not kill Mold.  Let me say this again – Bleach does not kill mold.  It will weaken mold, and perhaps make it change color, but it won’t kill it.  SNiPER is documented to both kill mold and the spores on contact.

How is Nok-Out and SNiPER™ Different from Bleach?

In our formulation of Chlorine Dioxide, the technology is a ‘management system’ that manages Chlorine Dioxide in such a way that dangerous by-products do not form. No raw chlorine is ever released. This stabilized formulation is recognized by the EPA as being of very low toxicity in the 4 categories of toxicity they check for us:

Toxicity to:

  • skin – level “IV”  (the lowest rating they allow)
  • eyes – level “IV”
  • be inhaled – level “IV”
  • be ingested – level “IV”

After thorough testing, the EPA has granted us the lowest toxicity rating they give to any disinfectant product.

Is Chlorine Dioxide Environmentally Friendly?

“Because chlorine dioxide oxidizes, but does not chlorinate, chlorinated organic by-products (e.g., THM, HAA, dioxins, furans) typically are not produced. Neither does chlorine dioxide produce appreciable amounts of aldehydes, ketones, ketoacids nor other problematic compounds associated with oxidation of organic matter by other, less selective means.”(3)  Additionally, toxicological studies have shown that Chlorine dioxide disinfection pose no significant risk to human or animals. So yes, both SNiPER and Nok-Out can be considered as being ‘green’.

I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – Can I use chlorine dioxide products safely?

 

Yes you can.  Neither Nok-Out nor SNiPER are known to arouse any allergic response.

 

Thanks for reading! If you have questions, please send an email to ted@nokout.com or call 866 551 1927.

References

1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_dioxide 2) http://www.grandcircuitinc.com/sites/default/files/Howard%20Alliger%20-%20An%20Overall%20View%20Cl02.pdf 3) http://www.cdgenvironmental.com/science/chemistry/ Additional references http://www.nokout.com/SDS-SNiPER.html http://globalenvironmentalrestoration.com/sniper-faq/