Whether a person wears an orthotic--brace or splint--to treat a structural problem with a part of the body or an injury, the orthotic can become dirty over time. Additionally, many orthotic devices acquire distinctly unpleasant odors from staining substances and/or accumulated perspiration. Getting rid of orthotic odor isn’t difficult and only requires that you clean the various materials that make up the orthotic, such as fabric, foam, plastic, gel, synthetic rubber, and/or metal.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloths
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Mild laundry detergent
- Hair dryer (optional)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Deodorizing spray (optional)
- Mouthwash (optional)
- Dental orthotic cleanser (optional)
Fabrics and Foam
Remove any fabric-containing pieces such as straps from your orthotic. If the orthotic is made primarily of fabric or doesn't have removable fabric pieces, skip this step.
Sprinkle baking soda on any fabric or foam areas, and wait 8 to 12 hours for the baking soda to absorb the odor.
Attach a crevice tool or brush head to your vacuum’s hose, and vacuum away the baking soda.
Wipe the material with a damp cloth and wait for the fabric to dry completely, or dry with a hair dryer set to the "Low" setting (fabric) or "Cool" setting (foam), 5 to 6 inches from the surface.
Smell the fabric or foam to check for remaining odors. If odors remain, soak the pieces or entire orthotic in a sink of warm water with salt (3 tbsp. per quart of water) or mild laundry detergent (enough to make the water soapy) for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the salt or soapy water, squeeze out the excess water, and air-dry.
Plastic, Gel, Synthetic Rubber and Metal
Clean away surface dirt or stains that may have caused the odor by rubbing the areas with a slightly soapy, damp cloth.
Wipe the areas with clean cloths thoroughly until you have removed all residues, then rub dry with a clean cloth or air-dry.
Check the material for odors. If you can still smell an odor, dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. These can get rid of odor-causing bacteria, toxins, oils, or other substances while sterilizing. Blot or rub the orthotic with the alcohol or peroxide. Air-dry when finished.