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How to Clean Hockey Equipment

There are some things about the game of hockey that are easily identifiable by the certain smells of the game. My favorite is the clean smell of the ice after the Zamboni is done resurfacing the rink. At high school and NHL games, the smell of popcorn is everywhere.

But, sooner or later, the smell coming from the locker room can knock me back faster than a good body check.

And with all the germs and bacteria that can accumulate on hockey gear within mere hours after playing, keeping it clean not only keeps your hockey gear in great shape - it can also keep you healthier.

By following these steps, you will easily eliminate bacteria from your hockey gear AND keep it in great shape for the next time you hit the ice. It may also prolong the use of your equipment. Also see here How To Clean Hockey Pants and How To Clean Roller Hockey Pants

Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions
Things you'll need:
  • A bathtub or washroom deep sink
  • Hot water
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Drying Area or Hockey Tree
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • (OPTIONAL) Clothes Dryer Sheets
  • (OPTIONAL) Scrub brush fro blood and/or deep stains

How to Clean Hockey Equipment - Step 1

Fill bathtub or washroom deep sink with hot water. The temp should be hot enough for you to keep your hands in it for a short time. Fill the tub about 1/3 full.

How to Clean Hockey Equipment - Step 2

While the water is running, add about 1/4 cup of laundry detergent. After that, add 2 capfuls of bleach - for disinfectant purposes. This can be modified, but the ratio should be no more than 10% bleach to 90% bath water.

How to Clean Hockey Equipment - Step 3

Add your stinky, smelly hockey gear to the sudsy water. Make sure all of it gets a good soaking. Leave the gear in the water for about 30-45 minutes.

How to Clean Hockey Equipment - Step 4

Empty the tub or deep sink and rinse out your gear completely using warm to cold water. The idea here is to get the detergent and bleach solution out of the gear, so whatever water temp you are comfortable with will work great.

How to Clean Hockey Equipment - Step 5

Gently squeeze the water out of your hockey jersey, ice hockey pants, socks, and other gear. Hang the jersey inside a shower stall on a sturdy hanger and let it dry there overnight. Prop up the rest of your gear in the tub or deep sink, and let them air dry overnight as well.

How to Clean Hockey Equipment - Step 6

Once everything is dry again, spray the inside of your hockey bag with disinfectant cleaner and wipe it dry. Then, just make sure all your hockey gear get placed back in your bag before your next game. If using roller hockey pants don't forget your belt.One time I forgot to do this and I left my hockey gloves at home.

Cleaning Hockey Equipment Tips & Warnings

  • You may want to use an unscented laundry detergent since most hockey players don't like their gear smelling like flowers.

  • Air dry your equipment as much as possible! Under the shade of a tree or trees and out of the sun's UV rays.

  • If you're short on time, you can put most of your hockey gear in the dryer. (Exceptions: Skates, helmet, jersey and socks.)

  • Rinse out the tub or deep sink when you are done. Your spouse will thank you!

  • Hot water can scald easily, so make sure it's not too hot to the touch.

  • Use caution when adding bleach to the water. If any of it gets on your hands, wash them right away.

  • Do NOT dry your hockey jersey and socks in a dryer! They will shrink.

  • Do NOT dry your helmet or skates in a dryer as this will damage them - and the dryer.

Special thanks to the website, How to Clean Hockey Equipment By Chris Smalley, eHow User | Read more here: