Hockey equipment is notoriously smelly. With all the thick layers of padding, there isn’t much room for ventilation during the game, which is why everything is usually drenched in sweat afterwards. What’s worse is that most players toss everything in their hockey bag, zip it shut and don’t open it again until next use, allowing moisture and germs to run rampant.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure your hockey equipment will not only smell great but will last you a while!
Your Best Defense Against Odor Is Offense
Once hockey equipment gets really smelly, it’s hard to get clean and keep clean without a very active cleaning regimen. It’s always best to stick to a cleaning protocol after every practice and game as early as possible to prevent odor problems in the future. It also helps keep your equipment in better shape for much longer, which can save you a lot of money!
The name of the game is eliminating moisture. On your way home, leave the bag unzipped and roll your car windows down to increase ventilation- this helps more than you think! Remove hockey equipment from the bag immediately when you get home to begin the drying process. The sooner you do this, the less you allow moisture to fester. Also, wearing a base layer of clothing puts fabric between you and your hockey equipment and will limit the amount of sweat that soaks into your hockey gear.
Wash Base Layers, Hockey Jerseys and Hockey Socks
Once your bag is emptied and you’ve begun drying everything out, take everything that’s machine washable and run it through the washing machine. This would include any base layers you were wearing, hockey jerseys and hockey socks.
Like washing any other piece of sports apparel or washing any other jersey, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
1. Make sure you wash them in cold water on a gentle cycle. This will reduce wear and tear.
3. Allow everything to air dry. Do not put these items in the dryer! The heat and tumbling will shorten their lifespan.
Cleaning Hockey Pads- Elbow Pads, Shoulder Pads, Pants, Shin Guards
Shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin guards and hockey pants take a beating out on the ice in more ways than one. Direct contact with sweat and skin makes these pads a magnet for moisture and odor. To clean these hockey pads, spray them all over with a cleaning spray like Vapor Fresh Natural Cleaning and Deodorizing Spray while they’re drying out. Vapor Fresh was designed with hockey pads in mind, so it’s free of harsh chemicals that irritate skin and ruin pads like bleach, quaternary ammonium compounds and artificial fragrances found in a lot of other hockey sprays. We’ve designed our cleaning spray with 100% natural active ingredients to combat even the strongest hockey odors. After spraying everything down, allow them to continue to air dry completely.
Once or twice a year, these pads will require a deeper clean. To do this, check out our article on how to deep wash your sports equipment.
Cleaning Your Hockey Skates, Gloves & Helmet
Hockey skates, gloves and helmets are about as smelly as it gets when it comes to sports equipment. Unfortunately these pieces of equipment can’t be thrown in a washing machine ever, so you need to be much more vigilant with them. While they’re drying, it’s important to spray them down well with a sports cleaning spray like Vapor Fresh. Focus on spraying the inside of the skates and gloves. With the helmet you’ll want to focus on the inside and outside of the helmet. After the gloves and skates are somewhat dry, you can also sprinkle a little Vapor Fresh Foot, Shoe and Glove Powder into them to eliminate any lingering moisture and leave behind a nice fresh scent.
A Strong, Safe Clean
Let Vapor Fresh help you start fresh at every practice and game! Hockey equipment isn’t easy to keep clean, but with our strong yet safe cleaning products and your proper post-game cleaning routine, you’re equipment will be fresh, clean and last you a long time!