Keep your boots dry this winter by making a DIY boot dryer.
Why a Boot Dryer?
There is nothing worse than coming in from the rain or snow with wet and cold feet. A boot dryer will come in handy after a long day out in the elements. Maybe you just got done shoveling snow and need to dry your snow boots. Do you work outdoors and need a pair of dry work boots for the next day? Having a boot dryer will solve your problem. They can be used for a variety of reasons including:
- Warming up your boots
- Drying rain-soaked or snow-covered boots
- Drying boots soaked with perspiration to prevent bacteria and odors
- Drying the lining of your ski boots or hiking boots
Boot dryers can be used on almost any type of boot such as snow boots, ski boots, work boots and various styles of winter boots. Be careful when using a dryer on leather or fur-lined boots.
By keeping your boots dry, you will not only have a pair of warm boots to slip into but your boots will not smell either. It is important to dry your boots after each wear to keep them in the best shape possible. Drying your boots will extend their lifespan.
Making a DIY Boot Dryer
There is no reason to buy an expensive boot dryer when you can make one yourself. Creating a DIY boot dryer takes some time and creativity but the results are well worth it in the end. A boot dryer basically consists of pipes to hold your boots upside down and a source of air or heat to dry them.
To create a boot dryer you will need:
- PVC pipe
- PVC glue
- Small fan
- Wood to make a stable base
The PVC pipes will need to be cut to your desired length. The base will need holes cut so you can attach an air source underneath and direct it up the pipes. Next the pipes will need to be attached to your base. This can be done using PVC glue. Be sure they are held firmly in place until the glue is totally dry. An air source will need to be mounted under the base and directed up through the PVC pipes. The air source needs to flow freely so that the air circulates in the boots. The next step is hooking up your dryer and making sure that the air flows out into the pipes. Once you accomplish this step, all you need is a pair of boots to place on your dryer.
There are several instructions and blogs online devoted to do-it-yourself projects.
Alternatives to DIY
If you are unable to make your own boot dryer, you can find one at sporting goods or ski shops such as:
Stuffing newspaper or absorbent towels in your boots and changing it as it gets damp is another solution to drying wet boots. The newspaper or towels will absorb moisture and speed up the drying process. Setting your boots in front of an indirect heat source can also speed up drying. Always make sure to keep your boots away from a strong heat source or direct flame since strong heat can damage your boots and make the boot lining harden.
Boot dryers can also be used to dry gloves. Be sure that the material is able to withstand the drying before placing the gloves on the unit.