If you work out frequently, you’re probably familiar with your clothes getting a little smelly. And maybe no matter how many odor-eating shoe inserts you go through, your favorite running shoes are just foul. Over time, smells don’t tend to improve. So your clothes start to smell not-so-fresh even though you washed them — the rebloom effect, if you will. And what about sweaty husbands who wad up workout clothes and forget about them and then you’re struck by an unholy stench when you go to throw them in the wash? Or kids who refuse socks so their shoes take after their father’s running gear? These are all problems, people.
Washing can only do so much with your favorite workout pants, and shoes are expensive so you want to preserve them — not throw them in the wash cycle so they can get banged up. But now there’s an easy solution to your smelly problems: The StinkBOSS.
My kids fondly call it the StinkBox because, well, it’s a box you can put smelly stuff in. Things that surprised me about it:
It’s lightweight. Seriously, you almost wonder how this box will do anything because it’s light as a feather. It’s also not terribly large, so you can put it out of the way. I’ve got mine in a corner of the basement so it’s near the laundry room but not in the way at all. If I want to move it, it’s not a hassle.
It’s quiet. Again — taps mic — is this thing on? Because while you can hear a gentle whirring, it’s not going to drown out anything. You can watch your programs on the telly while stink-causing bacteria get demolished. You can’t even hear the bacteria screaming.
It works. The StinkBOSS works by being a deodorizer and actually killing the bacteria, which is what’s causing the odor. You’re not just covering up the scent for it to come through again; by killing the bacteria, the odor goes bye-bye, too.
But how does it work? Well, it’s #science. Inside the appliance, there are two vents on pillars and two floor vents, which circulate mild heat (70o F) and ozone.
The mild heat wicks away any moisture in the gear while the ozone acts as a disinfectant. It kills the bacteria, viruses and germs it comes into contact with and the stench vanishes. If your gear isn’t wet, you can skip the heat option and just go for the disinfecting option. It couldn’t be easier to start. You set the time, hit play, and if you don’t want heat, you hit the no-heat symbol and then play.
It works great for athletic shoes and small athletic wear like gloves, shin guards, sports bras, running socks, workout tees and more. I’ve tested it on stinky kids’ shoes and sweaty gear, but my true test was river stench. I vacationed this summer in Tennessee, and my family and I went on a river tubing trip. Water shoes were recommended, but we all opted to wear the tennis shoes we already had. Mine were my Brooks Neuros, which have been my go-to shoe as I train for my half-marathon.
I cringed as I hopped in my tube and walked in the river with them on. I felt like I was destroying them because do you know what rivers smell like? Not roses. When we were done, my shoes looked fine, but they had that distinct river smell. Like mud and dirt and outdoors and slightly rotting nature. Not exactly what you want your shoes to smell like. I let them air dry and as soon as I got home, into the StinkBOSS they went. I went for broke and did a 4-hour stink destroying setting, and when they came out, I gave them a tentative sniff. No stench. No rotting river. Just a hint of ozone, which has an almost sweet smell to it. The shoes, thankfully, are strongly back in my running rotation with no fishiness to be smelt.
How to Get Your Own StinkBOSS
You can get one for yourself at www.stinkboss.com with promo code “Fitbottom” for 20 percent off, or you can enter to win one yourself. One lucky winner is going to get to stay so fresh and so clean by winning one of his or her very own. Just let us know what your worst offender is — that item that you would throw in your StinkBOSS immediately — in a comment below and consider yourself entered. Winners (U.S. only, please) will be chosen at random and notified by email in about a week!
Good luck, stinky people. —Erin