How to Clean Ski Boot Liners

by Kallie Johnson
A ski boot liner is used to protect the foot from snow and cold while skiing.

A ski boot liner is used to protect the foot from snow and cold while skiing.

A ski boot is a stiff, plastic boot that can be fastened to a ski with ski bindings. The inside of a ski boot, referred to as the inner boot, is lined with a removable ski boot liner. This liner helps keep the foot warm, dry and protected from the snow while skiing. Although ski boot liners don't need to be cleaned after each use, they should be routinely cleaned to remove dirt, remove and prevent odor, and prevent mold and mildew from forming. Be sure to read the manufacturer's care instructions prior to cleaning the ski boot lining. While most brands can be washed in a washing machine, a few brands recommend only washing by hand.

Hand Wash

Remove the liners from the ski boots. Typically they can just be yanked out.

Fill a sink with warm water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Add 1/4 cup household ammonia if the liners have a bad odor.

Place the liners in the sink with the mixture. Allow them to soak for 5 minutes. Use a sponge or medium-bristled brush to scrub the liners.

Rinse the liner under cool sink water to remove all soap residue. Wring all excess moisture from the ski boot liners.

Stuff the ski boot liners with paper towels so they retain their shape and allow them to air dry. Do not use heat or a dryer to dry the liners, as that can shrink them.

Machine Wash

Remove the liners from the ski boots. Typically they can just be yanked out.

Wash them in a washing machine set to a gentle cycle with a mild laundry detergent.

Remove the liners once the cycle is completed. Stuff the ski boot liners with paper towels so they retain their shape and allow them to air dry. Do not use heat or a dryer to dry the liners, as that can shrink them.

Items you will need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • 1/4 cup household ammonia
  • Sponge or medium-bristled brush
  • Paper towels
  • Mild laundry detergent

Warning

  • Never use bleach or chlorinated laundry products when laundering the boots. The bleach can discolor the liners and ruin their effectiveness.

About the Author

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.

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