I got peed on. I’ve been peed on before, but usually it’s a dribble from a puppy way to excited to see someone come visit to make it out the door for their mid day break. When it’s an excited pup, it’s not so big a deal you clean up, change ASAP, and toss the running gear in the washer. Easy. This time however it was different. After greeting many new dogs at an all day event, one very kind sir felt no shame in a quick sniff and a full on marking. ALL OVER MY FEET!
I washed the shoes. Or so I thought, because a few weeks later another dog (again at an outdoor dog event) promptly marked me again. Generally, I’ve come to terms with less glamorous aspects of the canine industry. A few weeks ago the DogRunnin car was peed in, poohed in and puked in… all before lunch. Some Mondays have nothing on a terrible Tuesday. But I digress. The fact is bodily functions happen. And for regular wear the usual laundry cycle will do the job just fine. But running shoes need a little extra TLC.
Desperate, I called upon the advice of the one person I was sure would have a solution, Luke MacDonald, owner of Aerobics First. Luke and his team have been instrumental in making sure the dogs of Halifax get great runs. They’ve fitted me in over 10 pairs of running shoes in the last year alone. If you run, or want to run, a properly fitted shoe is often the difference between; comfort, motivation, and success or; pain, injury, and discouragement. Getting fit in shoes the meet your unique needs, make all the difference.
With smelly, pee filled shoes needing some serious helped I stopped into Aerobics First to meet Luke for the solution. I was anticipating some high tech fancy branded running shoe cleaner for $29.95. (And that would have been totally fine if it got the job done!) What I got was the opposite and even better.
Yup. That’s it! A bottle of purple Pinesol and a box of powered Tide. Luke credits this technique to John Kuto, who put it to fantastic use after the Mud Run for Shelter Nova Scotia. I don’t have an exact count on the number of mud caked, water drenched, soaked in sweat shoes they got spick and span, but the photo below gives you an idea that it’s no little number.
Adjust the formula to the number of shoes and the size of your washer, but 1 cup of Pinesol and a 1/2 cup of powered Tide into the gentle cycle and your shoes will come of smelling fresher than they ever have. We used slightly less of each on three pairs, a small washer, and medium size load.
Depending on how you much scent you can handle, you may want to do a second rinse cycle. To dry the shoes, use the tried and true news paper method. This will guarantee dry shoes by the time you’re ready to lace up the next day.
And for a real bonus, I’ve got enough of this magic mixture to deep clean whatever else the pup’s decided to soil. So far it’s been successfully tested on a load of muddy towels and a stinky blanket. And, with squeaky clean kicks, I’ve got a little extra pep in my step (runners, you know the added spry that comes from new shoes), ready to tackle whatever runs come my way.
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