How to Wash Soccer Shin Guards

By Kim Nunley

Because they rest against your sweaty skin throughout games and practices, shin guards need to be washed regularly. The fastest and easiest option is to hand wash your shin guards with soap and water. You can also wash shin guards in a washing machine. Place them in a washable mesh bag, which prevents any Velcro straps from sticking to or wrapping around other fabrics in the wash. Use a cold cycle, then lay the shin guards out to dry to prevent shrinking rather than placing them in the dryer.

To Tackle Smells

If your shin guards have gotten particularly smelly, a hand or machine wash may not be enough. While you may be tempted to spray the shin guards with deodorizer or disinfectant, the chemicals can potentially irritate your skin. To help alleviate any smells, use a wet sponge and scrub them down with baking soda. Kill the bacteria that can grow on the skin-side of the guards due to sweating -- and that leads to unwanted smells -- by laying them out in the sun with the skin-side facing upward after each wash.


About the Author

Kim Nunley has been screenwriting and working as an online health and fitness writer since 2005. She’s had multiple short screenplays produced and her feature scripts have placed at the Austin Film Festival. Prior to writing full-time, she worked as a strength coach, athletic coach and college instructor. She holds a master's degree in kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton.

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