There it is again. Sitting, lifeless. Dropped off again right beside the washing machine. Its been there for three whole days. Left to fester, left to seep, left to marinade. The dreaded hockey bag, consequently full of sweaty equipment you’d rather forget about. It belongs to your roommate, your kids, your significant other, but honestly, it doesn’t matter who’s it is, you just want it to stop wafting through the entire house. So let Goldstar guide you. Here are four helpful hints to keep that hockey bag winners circle fresh.
1.Air it out; don’t let the wet gear sit.
First of all, don’t let it sit! The worst thing you can do is let the wet sweaty equipment sit. An indoor clothing rack will become your best friend. They’re easy to find and you can purchase at your local housewares stores. Somewhere like Fernie Home Building Center is sure to have what you need. Add a heater, a fan, or a dehumidifier to help speed up the process. On those bluebird days, lay it out on the deck. The cold temperatures will surely kill any smelly bacteria that may be lingering.
2.Wash what you can, regularly.
Aside from airing it out, it’s important to wash our hockey equipment to keep it fresh. A lot of hockey
equipment is safe to add right to the washing machine! Both front or top loading machines will do the trick. (make sure you leave enough room for equipment to move once it’s in the machine. A washing machine overfilled will lead to tears in equipment.)
Here is a list of the hockey equipment you CAN and CANNOT wash in the machine.
WASHING MACHINE FRIENDLY
- Socks, Jerseys, and base layers.
- Jock (don’t forget to remove the cup as it cannot be washed in the machine. Fasten the Velcro so it doesn’t attach to anything else in the wash.)
- Shin Pads*
- Hockey Pants*
- Elbow Pads*
- Shoulder Pads* and
DO NOT use bleach; white vinegar CAN BE added to the wash is a great alternative, as it will kill odor-causing bacteria.
* DO NOT put equipment in the dryer. Allow it to air-dry.
NOT WASHING MACHINE FRIENDLY
- Goalie Pads
- Goalie Mitts
If you’re not sure about any items, you can drop anything off at our dry cleaning depot and we’ll take care
of that for you.
3.Don’t forget the inside of the helmet.
In addition to our body equipment, an important piece of equipment that we never forget to play without, but sometimes we sometimes forget to wash, the helmet. To effectively clean the inside of your helmet you will need to follow these simple steps.
- Mix a bowl with hot water and no tears kids shampoo.
- Dip the sponge in water/shampoo mix, ring well, and scrub inside of the helmet.
- Repeat process with only water and dry out.
(With sweat commonly built up in the helmet, it is especially important that you use no tears shampoo. If there is any chance that soap hasn’t been properly rinsed out and drips into your eyes while playing, this will save you from a tearful accident.)
4.LAST BUT NOT LEAST, Those smelly skates!
Finally, our most dreaded piece of equipment… the hockey skates. Though they may seem like the most daunting task, they are actually the easiest piece to clean. All you have to do is sprinkle some baking soda in those stinky blades, let them sit overnight and dump it out in the morning! You’ll be amazed by how effective this simple trick is.