View Full Version : Cleaning solutions for wetsuits and boots?

08-27-2007, 22:30
Just wondering if there is anything that's safe to use on the neoprene wetsuits and boots to keep them from smelling bad? Especially the boots, so far my suit is fine. I know they make special shampoos, but is there anything else that is safe?

08-27-2007, 22:33
I use suave shampoo on my wetsuit and never had any problems.

08-27-2007, 22:36
I was going to suggest that, or even something milder like a pet/baby shampoo...

08-27-2007, 22:43
Drying inside out seams to help reduce bad smells also.

08-27-2007, 23:40
Cool, thanks everyone, think I'll try some baby shampoo.

08-27-2007, 23:52
Does anyone use those big wetsuit hangers that have the built in dryer?
do they work?
Are they worth it?

08-28-2007, 05:12
I add a cup or so of the cheap mouthwash from the dollar store to my rinse water, also dry it inside-out.

TAH 73
08-28-2007, 06:57
ST and other shops have enzyme cleaners the work well. Sink-the-stink, and various other cleaners work well.
Something like this could be helpful if just starting out.

08-28-2007, 09:44
I got the wetsuit care kit when I bought mine-I think the baby shampoo will be the next one I try-A good rinse and a little shampoo is all I use.

08-28-2007, 19:14
Johnson's baby shampoo. It cleans your neoprene and defogs your mask

08-28-2007, 19:31
Mcnett Odor eliminator they sell at scuba toys they have a packet with all kinds of stuff in it cheep --defog.enzime, bc life ,zipper care ,ect.

08-28-2007, 22:47
Cool, I'll check that out! Thanks again everyone. I love ST. :smiley20:

Texas Girl
08-29-2007, 08:40
Woolite works well, in cool water in the washer. Hang to dry thoroughly.

08-29-2007, 09:16
I have always heard a washer can mess up a wetsuit.

TAH 73
08-29-2007, 09:36
I had a 3 mil that got real funky after sitting wet in the boat for a while. Threw it in the washing machine, what I did is take it to the laundromat and placed it in a large mesh bag and put it into one of the front loader machines.
Ran it through 2 cycles one inside out one regular side out.
Figured in the mesh bag it kept it a little contained with no chance of it getting snagged up. Came out perfect and unstinked.

Texas Girl
08-29-2007, 09:58
The thickest wetsuit that I own is a 3ml, and I have never had a problem putting it in the washer. I use low spin speeds and the maximum amount of water.

08-29-2007, 11:20
Good to know...I'm REALLY burned out on rinsing them in the tub, especially when I use them every week.

08-29-2007, 12:20
in the washing machine hun, soundslike i should give it a try.

08-29-2007, 13:53
By chance, does it sink or stretch the wetsuit at all? I have never tried the washer before.

08-29-2007, 14:32
I also use woolite in the washing machine on gentle cycle in cold water for my all my wetsuites (up to 5mm), boots and gloves. Don't notice any difference in fit after air drying.

Texas Girl
08-30-2007, 08:23
I have never noticed a problem with stretching, and I wearand wash a 1ml.