How to Clean Hockey Helmet

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Ice hockey, just like any kind of sport that involves grand physical work, typically leaves players drenching in sweat. With sweat, sometimes comes players’ worst enemy, stink.

Eliminating the foul smell in gears and helmets isn’t done by simply cleaning them after ice hockey games. Some preventive measures are also involved to make sure that foul odors are reduced from building up over time. 

I know this issue does not arise occasionally. Many of you surely get troubled by this very reason many times in your ice hockey experience and I’m here to help you find your way out. Continue reading this article and I’ll cover everything you need about washing your helmet and other measures to keep it dry and clean.

How to Wash Your Hockey Helmet

The terrible stench of your helmet sometimes becomes unbearable after days of use without washing it. It can still get worse too when the smell starts transferring to your hair. Once the helmet becomes a breeding ground of bacteria, the smell doesn’t get better until you wash it properly.

Even though you can have your gear and helmet delivered to a shop and have it washed professionally, you still have the option of doing it all by yourself in the comfort of your home, and that is what I am going to give tips about.

So, the general process of washing your helmet is almost the same as washing your hair with shampoo. With that, all you need for this process is either of the following:

  • dish soap
  • mild soap
  • shampoo
  • baby shampoo

Other materials needed are:

  • bowl
  • sponge or washcloth
  • dry towel

Moving forward, once you already have the things mentioned above in your hands, follow the simple steps below.

  1. Mix a few drops of shampoo with warm water in the bowl. 
  2. Dip the sponge in the solution.
  3. Wring the sponge out well with a few pumping motions to remove excess water and make the sponge damp. 
  4. Scrub the interior of your helmet until you have covered everything.
  5. To rinse off the interior, dip the sponge in a bowl of clean water and make sure it’s not soaking wet and just damp.
  6. Scrub the entire surface again. Repeat several times until you have gotten rid of the soap.

In cases of the gritty exterior, do the same process on the external surfaces only after you’re done rinsing off everything inside the helmet. This is to make sure that you don’t transfer the grit to the sponge and eventually to the helmet’s lining.

Now, after everything is finished from cleaning and rinsing, the last procedure is all about drying it off. A simple guide below may help you with it.

  1. With the use of a dry towel, vigorously wipe the interior dry. 
  2. After wiping, allow it to air dry. To speed up the process, you may either ball up dry a towel and insert it into the cavity to absorb moisture, or set the fan in the direction of the helmet, or lastly, set the helmet outside under the sun.

Helpful Measures to Reduce Odor

Once you have mastered the process of cleaning and washing your helmet, things will be in a good place for your ice hockey helmet and gear. But, it always helps to know the preventive measures to eliminate or at least reduce the bad smell that may come from any of them after use. Note that the following tips may not only apply to your helmet but as well as other equipment involved in ice hockey. 

  • Wear a layer between your skin or hair and the equipment. The main reason why we should do this is to lessen the sweat that transfers from our body parts to our gear, therefore, minimizing the bacteria build up in the equipment. Do this by wearing a piece of clothing that is sweat-absorbent underneath your helmet or gear. 
  • Air out after use. Even though you have already applied the first tip mentioned, it is still encouraged to air out your hockey equipment after every use. Make sure you hang them in a well-ventilated area to allow them to properly dry. This is just another way of making sure that the seeped sweat is dried out to reduce bacteria buildup which is the major cause of foul odors.
  • Avoid the use of odor-eliminating sprays. Although this seems to be the most convenient way of reducing odor, turns out that this can just make the smell worse. Also, there is a high risk of the chemical getting into your eyes or skin when your body starts to sweat and rub off against the gear. 

Final Thoughts

We hate unpleasant smells of all forms, how much more when it comes from the helmet we constantly use when we play our favorite sport? It’s frustrating and disgusting all at the same time.

Encounters like this shouldn’t be tolerated and we definitely shouldn’t settle with the fastest but unreliable ways. In case your hockey helmet troubles you with dirt and a bad smell, just get back to this post. Surely, this will help you solve your struggles. 

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