How To Clean And Deodorize Sports Equipment

Whether you are a soccer mom, a hockey mom, a young athlete or a seasoned veteran, you understand firsthand how awful sports equipment can smell. For years you’ve accepted the fact that you have to live with this odor stinking up your garage, or that you have to feel uncomfortable in your own pads because they smell so bad. You’re in luck – there are several solutions to your problem! Some solutions work very well, while other solutions are much less effective. Below are the most popular ways athletes and professional equipment managers take care of their equipment.


Vapor Fresh® Sports Odor Eliminating Spray is the single-best solution for smelly sports pads. Vapor Fresh® is a sports equipment cleaning and deodorizing spray based on all-natural active ingredients. By spraying Vapor Fresh® onto your pads and letting them dry, your equipment will smell great and feel comfortable. Vapor Fresh® is a quick, affordable, and effective solution to foul-smelling sports equipment that is trusted by professional, collegiate and amateur athletes alike. Vapor Fresh® can be sprayed on almost all types of sports equipment, from hockey and football pads, to running shoes and yoga mats. Unlike other sports equipment odor eliminators, Vapor Fresh® is non-irritating and non-toxic, and free of irritating chemicals such as artificial fragrances and chlorine. Safe and effective!


Some athletes choose to air-dry their equipment. Air-drying involves giving pads plenty of fresh air and room to breathe immediately after use. Although this method is simple, it is very time-consuming and does not eliminate the odor nearly as well as other methods. However, this method can be a great additional step when used in conjunction with other cleaning methods.


May sound odd, but I’ve heard of some athletes jumping into a pool with their equipment on. Apparently the Chlorine in the pool water can help briefly neutralize the equipment odor. This method is rarely used, and is one we do not endorse. The main problem with this method is that it does not treat all equipment, since things like hockey skates and cleats cannot go into the pool. This method is also not very effective at deodorizing. Jumping in a pool with pads on may be fun, but it could be dangerous and it will not remove the odor like Vapor Fresh® can.


Vapor Fresh® is the leading sports equipment cleaning spray, but there are other options as far as sprays to deodorize your sports equipment. Other sports equipment sprays contain harsh chemicals such as Chlorine and artificial fragrances, which can be irritating and uncomfortable. Cleaning sprays not specifically meant for sports equipment can leave sticky residue or give the athlete terrible rashes. These chemicals are not a good option when it comes to cleaning your sports pads. Instead, opt for a sports equipment cleaning spray based on all-natural active ingredients such as Vapor Fresh®.

When the odor from your sports equipment is too much to handle and you are looking for a solution, there is only one safe bet – Vapor Fresh®. With its all-natural active ingredients, plenty of happy customers ranging from individual athletes to large professional football and hockey programs, you are sure to love the results.

Feel comfortable in your pads again.

Play Hard. Finish Fresh.