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03-11-2011 05:47 PM
limeyrock Seconding the freezer suggestion.

Seriously, it works as well as any of the other methods mentioned so far, without compromising the waterproofing. If it's looking dirty as well as smelling it you can always freeze for a day and then wash it out in plain, hot water.

The smell is caused by bacteria that are entirely killed off by the freezer because the moisture inside the bacteria crystalises and tears the bacteria's membrane.
03-11-2011 03:02 PM
zz4gta For gortex, just follow the directions. I was with a mild detergant that does NOT include a fabric softener. Through in the dryer on low for 30-45 minutes and then spray a bit more Nikiwax on it. They get cleaned about 2-3x a season. The nikiwax smells a bit, but it goes away.

Never use bleach or fabric softener on hi-tech clothing. Even powdered detergant like oxy-clean has a bleaching agent in it. Read the friggin labels.
03-11-2011 02:33 PM
jackdale
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Originally Posted by flyingwelshman View Post
Dammit Jack I'm a Chef not a couturier, but I would think that the micro-organisms that contribute to the foulness of rain gear might be the same ones that give neoprene its 'just-pissed-in-freshness'.
You are likely correct.

I am just reluctant to use any chemicals on my foulies.
03-11-2011 02:30 PM
flyingwelshman
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Is the OP discussing foulies or wetsuits. Foulies can just be washed and hung. That also gets the salt out and stops some leaks.
Dammit Jack I'm a Chef not a couturier, but I would think that the micro-organisms that contribute to the foulness of rain gear might be the same ones that give neoprene its 'just-pissed-in-freshness'.
03-11-2011 01:55 PM
carl762 Yes, can't get that smell out of my brain, now that you mention it.

03-11-2011 01:16 PM
JoeDiver
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.... unless it is the "barf" smell ....
Ahhh, memories of the rain suit issued to me by Uncle Sam....sitting in a cold, wet foxhole smelling like barf.....
03-11-2011 12:57 PM
hellosailor Quickstep, you don't say what brand or kind they are, what material they are. The washing care will vary. If there's no care tag that came with them, I would suggest calling the maker, or telling us what they are made of. If they are "plastic" or "breathable water resistant" everything is different.

Odds are the stink can be easily washed out, unless it is the "barf" smell that uncured cheap plastic sometimes gets as it ages. That's forever, the result of the plasticizers leaking out or breaking down.
03-11-2011 11:32 AM
jackdale Is the OP discussing foulies or wetsuits. Foulies can just be washed and hung. That also gets the salt out and stops some leaks.
03-11-2011 09:02 AM
Boasun And here all this time I thought you called them Foulies because you couldn't get them off in time when you really need to sit on the throne.
03-11-2011 08:42 AM
liveincolor
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I guess expensive is relative. I got a big bottle of it for $6 and it's taken me through 3 seasons so far. Can't even get a pack of smokes for $6 in many places these days. I probably have $6 in change in my car, between the glove box, center console and shifter console.....while I like to do my own things and home made concoctions, I do have a limit on expense versus convenience. Just sayin.
Very true. I'm a huge fan of independence and the do-it-yourself attitude. And even though I feel rich, I don't have much money, hehe.
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