The Stinkeez is filled with silica gel, which is a desiccant. You know those little paper packets that come in purses or shoe boxes? Those are filled with silica gel. You can find silica gel in bulk at craft stores. Crafters use it to dry flowers.
You can make a home-made Stinkeez very cheaply using single socks and cheap ingredients.
- Two clean, mismatched socks - with tops (not little ankle socks)
- A desiccant: baking soda or white rice or cornmeal and borax or silica gel (You just need one of these, not all of them. So, if you choose baking soda, you don't need rice, etc. You'll get the best results with silica gel.)
- Wide-mouthed funnel or a rolled-up piece of paper or a narrow drinking glass
- Optional: scented oil (peppermint, etc.)
Add a couple of drops of scented oil and tie off the sock's top with an overhand knot.
See? Cheap and simple. If you want to go fancy, buy some funky toe socks or holiday socks.
Update: From Advisory Board member S.F.: One of the best ways to combat stinky skates is to remove them from the skate bag so they can dry out. It also prevents them from rotting. My daughter had a pair of skates rot last year because we never took them out of the bag when we got home. We have been removing them religiously every day and they no longer are smelly.
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