A little over a month ago we reviewed a new product from 2Toms, StinkFree. StinkFree is designed to eliminate the odor common to athletic shoes and athlete’s feet caused by bacteria buildup. StinkFree is available from 2Toms directly and also available from local retailers.
Background on 2Toms:
Based in Dublin, New Hampshire, 2Toms was founded by a research scientist with a Ph.D. in surface chemistry and a marketing professional with an entrepreneurial bent. Their first product was BlisterShield, a product designed to prevent blisters, control excess heat, and reduce pressure irritation. We reviewed BlisterShield and found that it worked well. Since the review, we’ve purchased BlisterShield for our personal use. 2Toms later released SportShield, a lubricant designed to prevent body chafing. We also had the opportunity to review SportShield and again 2Toms delivered. We currently don’t use SportShield only because we’re testing a few other body lubricants and haven’t had to purchase any additional lubricant.
2Toms recently released a third product, StinkFree. StinkFree is designed to combat the unavoidable odors that triathletes and other athletes deal with on a daily basis. According to 2Toms, the human foot can product up to 1 cup of moisture every day. If you’re not lucky enough to have a job that allows you to wear sandals or go barefoot, you know that odor isn’t just a problem with your running shoes.
About StinkFree from 2Toms:
StinkFree is designed to kill the bacteria that forms in your shoes after exercise. These bacteria thrive in the damp and dark confines of your shoes. The theory goes that if you kill the bacteria, you’ll kill the smell. We’ve tested other products meant to battle shoe odor that approached the problem from a different angle. If you check out our Stuffitts review, you’ll see that Stuffitts accomplish this by drying your shoes quickly and using cedar to battle the odor. 2Toms claims that StinkFree will destroy any existing odor in your shoes and prevent odor from reoccurring, or prevent the initial occurrence if used from the beginning of your shoes.
StinkFree comes in a pump spray bottle. 2Toms claims that it doesn’t leave any odor, but StinkFree does have a slightly chemical smell when you first apply it. It smells a little like a very watered down version of Formula 409 cleaner.
Testing StinkFree from 2Toms:
As we mentioned in the first review, we battle foot odor in many of our shoes. Since we use SuperFeet Insoles in all shoes, we have to worry about the smell of the insoles in addition to the smell of our shoes. We use SuperFeet in cycling and running shoes, in addition to dress and casual shoes. This causes some odor problems, moving insoles from our hard working cycling and running shoes to our casual shoes transfers the odor.
We’ve used StinkFree in a variety of situations. To start our test, we applied the spray to our untreated shoes and insoles. After testing the performance here, we scrubbed our insoles throughly and reapplied the StinkFree. We’ve measured the odor in each set of shoes, the odor transfered to other shoes via our insoles, and the overall odor of our insoles alone.
Final Impressions of StinkFree:
In our first review, we noted that StinkFree immediately reduced the odor in our shoes, even after only one or two applications. However, the odor returned if we stopped applying the spray every few days.
We noticed similar performance with our insoles. The StinkFree spray immediately reduced the odor from our insoles, but it returned if we stopped using the product.
Next, we decided to start fresh, or at least as fresh as possible. We’ve recently purchased a new pair of running shoes and started using StinkFree from day one. We also scrubbed our insoles with soap, water and bleach in an attempt to eliminate all existing odors.
Once we cleaned the insoles and started fresh with the shoes, we noticed the StinkFree worked even better. After weeks of use, we noticed no odor in the shoes and a very limited odor in the insoles. If our shoes and insoles were a 9 on the scale of 1 to 10, after cleaning and regular use of StinkFree, the odor level never exceeded a 2. Very manageable and respectable.
We’ve also used StinkFree on our fabric cycling gloves. StinkFree has performed very well on our gloves. After numerous washings and applications of StinkFree, we can detect absolutely no odor from the gloves.
We highly recommend StinkFree to any athlete that battles unwanted odors on athletic gear. We haven’t tested on other fabrics, but on gloves and shoes, we’re very pleased with the performance.