Nikwax Base Wash 1 liter
|Price:||$8.60 - $26.00|
- Safely cleans, deodorizes, and inhibits the build up of body odors on synthetic technical and wicking clothing worn next to the skin
- Accelerates drying and improves cooling efficiency and breathability.
- Outperforms household detergents at improving wicking, accelerating drying, and removing and preventing odor.
- Water based and Biodegradeable. Contains NO flourocarbons/VOCs
- Recommended for synthetic base layer and next to skin garments.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
After searching all over the web for ideas, talking to others who had Keen sandals and finally contacting Keen (manufacturer of the sandals), I learned about this product. It was actually recommended by Keen as one of the ways to remove the odor. The product was hard to find locally (actually impossible and I live in a VERY large metro area w/ several million people within 30 minutes in every direction), so I checked Amazon and they had it. I ordered it and used it on both pair of sandals and it worked as advertised. The odor was completely gone and has stayed away for about a month now. I wear one of the two pair almost daily, so it definitely helped. My son plays football and had some receiver gloves that had an equally offensive odor to foot odor (actually worse), so I tried it on them....worked again, although the stink only stayed gone a week or so....they need to be washed again. Since it worked on that, I tried it on his neoprene sleeve that covers his helmet chinstrap...worked again. I would say it should work on anything that comes in contact with your skin and absorbs sweat / bacteria, resulting in an offensive odor.Read more ›
I know some reviews have commented on the price, saying it's just too pricey. In my personal opinion, this stuff does its job SO well that I find I haven't needed it to use it again since the first bulk washing (maybe 5-6 wks ago?). I'm hoping this holds up, and I don't need to use it every single time I wash these items, once every so often might be just fine. That helps offset the cost for me. Some people commented on a chemical-type smell, which I didn't notice terribly; but again, many of the detergents I've tried that are unique to outdoor gear smell like that, so maybe I'm just accustomed to it? Either way, the benefits still outweigh all the costs in our house.
I do use it alongside the Nikwax "conditioner", so I'm not sure how much of a difference it made to use them together/if the wash would be as effective alone for us. I may try and update this review sometime, but for now, I'm beyond happy with the results and plan to just continue using both together.
I like it and plan to continue to use it on our athletic clothing. I do think it freshens, and restores the moisture wicking properties. BTW, I hang all of these clothes to dry, too. So for the son's soccer jerseys ... the odor is less offensive after a few washings. There is still some lingering odor in the older jerseys; I'm not sure whether it will eventually come out or not. I will update the review if it does.
The downside of the product is the expense.
UPDATED 9-2014 I have continued to use this product for the last two years and I am a huge fan. For the few lingering odors in the older clothing (pre Nik Wax) I have found that a soak in white vinegar, followed by a wash and rinse seems to rid the garments of all odors. Try it!
I have a couple pair of Keen sandals that cost around $100 each. They are so comfortable, I hardly wear anything else during the Summer months, but they started smelling REALLY bad last Summer. They were so bad I couldn't stand getting in the car with them on - and neither could my family! I tried washing them (several times), tried putting them in the hot TX sun for 2 days, and nothing would get rid of the odor. I didn't want to throw them away, so I took a chance on the Nikwax Base Wash and was surprised how well it worked. I later used it on my son's football gear (mainly his gloves that smelled worse than my sandals after a few weeks of use). The odor stayed out of my Keen sandals for just about a year (I mainly wear in Summer only, so probably lasted ~2-3 months of wearing them between washes). It worked so good that I just ordered the larger bottle (33.8 oz instead of 10 oz) to wash them again - they are getting ripe again and almost to the point of offensive to wear.
The only reason I don't give it 5 Stars is the cost. On a pure product quality (does it work?), I'd rate it 5 stars, but because it is so expensive, I'm docking it a star. I will definitely buy it again - just use it sparingly given the cost.
Amazon is the best place to get it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good product for cleaning, working perfectly and easy to use.Published 1 month ago by henry g jean-baptiste
This is fantastic.My husband wears dri-fit / performance fabric type polos to work daily and his perspiration doesn't always mesh with the fabric of some of the shirts and creates... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mbkj13
I use it for a quick wash of running and cycling clothes and it works great. It's been more than 5 years now and I'm completely happy with it.Published 2 months ago by Y. Gryzlov
OK, I admit it. I have smelly feet and I'm a runner. My socks were especially bad. This product took the offensive odor out. It's great. I'm thinking about washing my shoes in it.Published 2 months ago by John K.
Really gets the smell out of my stinky sandals, even now that they are 3 years old.Published 2 months ago by Denny Johnson
Gets your polyester and nylon and wool workout clothes clean and fresh. Could be a little less perfumey. But a great product overall.Published 3 months ago by Joseph Ryan Mayward
Wash all my Patagonia with this, makes them feel brand new and they smell good too. You can use less soap than what the directions call for .Published 4 months ago by topnut1
Not only removes odors, but restores softness and flexibility to synthetic materials. I use this on nylon and polyester hiking clothing: pants, shorts, shirts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Babo
Gooey liquid that's hard/messy to apply. I've had to dab it into a cloth towel and rub it on.
It seems to do a decent job of cleaning bases but I don't plan on buying it... Read more