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#1 mamapjama

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:47 PM

My kids have been playing non stop in the snow. Unfortunately the insides of their winter boots are soaked. I have had them sitting in front of the wood stove for 1 1/2 days but the bottoms are still wet. We have a 4H thing tomorrow out in the woods and they'll need their boots. I'm guessing putting the boots in the dryer isn't a good idea. If worse comes to worse I'll have to do the plastic bag in the boots trick, but I really want to get them dry.

Any ideas? No vents working because the wood stove is on.

#2 jennsmile

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:48 PM

Hair dryer?

They have boot dryers.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 08:13 PM

Well, I can simply recommend *not* doing what my mom once tried when my little sister was a preschooler.




She stuck them in the microwave. ;) Roflol... They burst into flames. ;)

Poor Mom. We get such joy from all of the many stories about her. :)

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 08:28 PM

this is the very reason all of our winter boots MUST have removable liners. But before I made that rule, I would stuff wadded up newspaper inside the boots....it soaks up lots of water...just be sure to change it when the paper gets damp....and you would be surprised how much water gets soaked up. This method worked better than any hairdryer...I would usually end up over heating my blow dryer that way. Hope that helps.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 08:41 PM

I melted a hairdryer that way, so I would say no to that method. :tongue_smilie:

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 08:55 PM

I was thinking it would harm the hair dryer. It would be on for too long. I always find the removable liners so hard for the kids to get their feet into, but you are right, it would help alleviate the present problem!

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 08:58 PM

I've always upended boots on top of vents - so air is blowing INto the boot.

how about a blow dryer?

If they are that wet, I'd do plastic bags even if you get the boots dry.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 09:13 PM

You can put hot dry hand towels or washcloths in to soak up and drive off as much moisture as possible. Heat them up in the dryer first.

The most absorbent rags I own are birdseye flat diapers. When I need to soak up a lot of moisture, that is what I use.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 10:31 PM

My dryer has a shoe rack that keeps them from tumbling. No help just wanted to brag. :D

Can you do the newspaper thing then just put a fan on them overnight? Or build this : http://www.popularme...-diy-incubooter
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 10:33 PM

Stuff the boots with balls of crumpled up newspaper. The newspaper will soak up all the moisture. you may have to repeat with fresh dry newspaper after an hour, depending on how wet the first ones get.
Even a thoroughly soaked boot will be dry by tomorrow using this method.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 06:52 PM

I just flipped through a Plow & Hearth catalog that has boot dryers :)


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