Soles on my Birkenstocks always smell like Maytag cheese

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by alexalexnyc, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. alexalexnyc

    alexalexnyc

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    Hi everyone. I'm on my second pair of Birki Profis which are 4 years old. My first pair finally gave in after 5 years. These things are bombproof but the soles always smell like cheese even after I clean them or bleach them. When closing the line and the floor is hit with sanitizer, I make it point to spend as much time standing in it as possible. Still....funk. My last pair had the same issue. How do I kill the bacteria that is causing this to happen?
     
  2. flipflopgirl

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    In order to gain comfort (fit and light weight) these clogs are most likely made of a highly porous material.

    Zillions of tiny holes for biological matter (food) to enter and lots of dampness to support the growth of bacteria.

    Unless you autoclave your shoes (not recommended) this lovely shoe soup aroma will only get worse.

    To get four/five years wear is certainly getting your money's worth.

    So buy a new pair already.

    mimi
     
  3. chefedb

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    Between you bleaching them and the  sanitizer you stand in which is probably hypochloride based, your lucky they did no rot in 6 months. Bleach will make them  smell worse.