How to cleaning Hockey Equipment?
Does anyone have any recommendations or procedures. Aside from ALWAYS airing it out....
fill your barth tub up with HOT water.. You can put shin guards/elbow/shoulder/ gloves/ helmet/breezers..DO NOT PUT Skates.... leave it to soak maybe over night and watch the water turn green =( yuck!! but it works!! you can also pour some febreeze in the water..make sure to air out right after to prevent rusting....
I don't know where you live (I'm in MN), but there are companies that take your gear and run it through a HUGE washing machine. Some even off a drop off/pick up service to local shops. Ask your local sports shop (one that specializes in hockey).
Otherwise, I use a bath tub to soak my breezers and shin guards (warm water gentle soap), and rinse them well with cold water from the shower. My shoulder pads fit in the washing machine. I wash my gloves in the machine too, but not very often.
A few months back, I saw a news item about a company that made special hockey bags that allow the stored equipment to breath, keeping them dry and neatly organized. The before and after shot of locker rooms that started using them was unbelievable.
Now, if only I could remember the name of the product...
Like someone mentioned, there are companies that will clean it for you, but I say just let it stink up the house.
We used to have a furnace where the heat shot out of vents on the floor, and every night after practice I would place my elbow pads and skates on the vents to dry them. It made the house smell like a locker room. (I loved my skates warm)
I run my equipment through the washing machine. On delicate cycle. Then hang to dry.If someone else is using the machine in the house, i have also dunked my equipment in the pool and let air dry. A really fast dunk. The chlorine takes out a little of the smell. Never do any of this with you skates. I put dryer sheets in them and that seems to work. That also works for the gloves. Just remeber to take them out before putting them on. I have had to keep some on the bench because I for got about them. ;)
If you have a front loader washer, or an oversized washer, you can actually wash the gear in that. Just let it sit and dry over night.
I have a front loader, and wash the small stuff after every game, and the shoulder, shins, elbow pads and gloves about once a month. But that is about maybe 5-6 games every two weeks.
Its also a good idea to wash things every once and while to prevent get rashes and skin irritations.
Anything that doesn't get washed after games, gets dosed with Lysol to kill the bacteria.
There are also hockey bags that have a heater with an ionizer that will dry the gear inside the bag.
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