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    Guppy
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    Cleaning gear

    Is there a good and in-expensive way to clean your boots/wet suit after a dive? I know they sell 'special' chemicals for this, but it this really necessary? Does clean water do the trick?

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    Guppy
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    Oops - Kinda posted this in the wrong section - not really BC related

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    For boots I like to use water with Listerine in it... kills bacteria and keeps them smelling minty fresh. I have used Mirazyme before - it worked pretty well, but cheap 'ol Listerine seems to work better for boots. Mirazyme works just fine for wetsuits.
    Honestly though - for wetsuits I usually just put them in a tub of fresh water (or water with a little Listerine/Mirazyme) then flush them with clean fresh water and hang them up to dry as quickly as possible.
    -Aaron

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    Pinesol.... If you urinate. If not, rinse and dry.

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    At the end of my season or after a couple dozen dives, I fill a tub with fresh water, woolite extra dark and some listerine then mix it up. Turn my neoprene/lycra inside out and let it soak for about an hour. Once that is done, I hang up and let dry. IMO, the key to keeping gear clean is to simply let it soak for 20 minutes or more after each set of dives. If sitting for one or more weeks until the next dive, store in a dry climate controlled area.

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    Guppy
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    Yes Mirazyme was the stuff I was thinking about. Glad to hear that isn't really necessary. Listerine sounds like a good idea and I'll keep that in mind! Thanks guys

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    Grouper
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    i use woolite as well

    its the least damaging to material

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    I use nothing but clear freshwater, soak first, then hang to dry, and everything is just fine. No skank.

    But then again, I don't pee in my wetsuit. Really. I'm convinced that most boot funk is due to peeing in one's wetsuit too.


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    Guppy
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    okay.. so no peeing in the wetsuit unless it's an emergency

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lulubelle View Post
    I use nothing but clear freshwater, soak first, then hang to dry, and everything is just fine. No skank.

    But then again, I don't pee in my wetsuit. Really. I'm convinced that most boot funk is due to peeing in one's wetsuit too.
    I disagree about boot funk I've never peed in my wetsuit - no need to since I am an air hog and am not under water long enough to need to - and my boots get really funky just because they dry so slowly. Not a problem if I use Listerine though
    -Aaron

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