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How to Clean Hockey Equipment

By Alan Bass ; Updated April 18, 2017

Some people like that "ice rink" smell that just seems to follow hockey games around. But, of course, your hockey gear is going to smell a bit less pleasant after you play a full game. This is not a smell that many will enjoy, so you'll need to clean your equipment at some point. Cleaning it may take a while, but it is very simple to do, and is crucial to your gear's longevity and durability.

  1. Fill a bathtub or sink with hot water. It should be about a third full and should not be so hot that it hurts to touch the water. Your hands will need to be in the tub for a fair amount of time, so be aware of the temperature.

  2. Add about 1/4 cup of laundry detergent to the bathtub while the water is running. This will allow the detergent and water to mix.

  3. Put the hockey gear in the soapy water and make sure all of it is completely covered with water. Allow it to soak for 30 to 45 minutes.

  4. Drain the tub, clean out the soap, then rinse all of the gear out with room-temperature water to get all of the detergent out of the gear.

  5. Squeeze the water out of any gear that you can, including the jersey, socks and other loose items. Hang all of the equipment on a dryer rack, a shower stall, a door or in a closet. Anything that cannot be hung up, prop up in the bathtub to dry properly.

  6. Spray the inside of your hockey bag with a disinfectant such as Lysol or Febreze, then wipe it dry. Make sure all of your gear is dry, then place it all back in your bag.

  7. Tip

    Use an unscented laundry detergent since many players don't enjoy their gear smelling like flowers. Air-dry your equipment in order to prevent damaging your equipment in the dryer. If you are short on time, put some of your hockey gear in the dryer. The exceptions to this are skates, helmets, jerseys and socks. Allow washed gear to dry completely. Damp or wet gear invites mold which can intensify the unpleasant smells.

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