Washing your gloves. How?

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  1. Martytoof

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    I just bought a new pair of Bauer Vapor V gloves since they were ultra-discounted at Play it Again Sports. I'm relegating my older ITechs to street hockey practice duty, but I'd like to get a few seasons of stink out of them. Any ideas? I assume that just tossing them in the washer won't work, but then again I can't really think of a great reason WHY it won't work, so, I dunno. Recommendations?
     
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    I wouldn't even bother. Within about 5 skates the stink will be back.
     
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    Soak them in the bathtub with a little bleach for a couple of hours then air-dry them outside on a sunny day. Don't go crazy with the bleach. Use the directions on the bottle. I do this to all my equipment a couple of times a year. It gets rid of the bacteria that cause the odor (at least temporarily).
     
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    Yeah, I almost said I wouldn't bother, but I figure if it works -- hey, why not.

    I'll try the bleach idea. My other gear needs a little TLC too (I'm looking at you, kneepads!), so maybe its time I give everything a diluted bath.
     
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    That's also what I do.
     
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    washing hockey equipment?!!!!!!?

    That's Blasphemy!












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    Not to mention bad luck. :D
     
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    some guys on my team wash there hockey stuff in teh dish washer i dont no how they do it but they have told me taht it works great
     
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    You CAN wash your gear in the washer and dryer but the machines will beat the crap out of your stuff and it won't last as long (especially leather gloves). Also, the next two or three loads that come out of the dryer will have the faint odor of hockey equipment.
     
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    You can put your elbow pads and shin pads in the dishwasher. Pants can be washed in a bathtub and hung dry. Gloves won't do well if you wash them. All that water can make the glue come apart. One goalie gear manufacturer also recommends against using Febreze or similar products as he says it can eat away at the glue and lead to the gear coming apart. If all you want to do is reduce the smell, I've heard good things about a mix of water and rubbing alcohol. You can also see if there is a Sanisport is your area.
     
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    Shaving cream gets rid of the smell too.
     
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    Well, washing machine worked well on the gloves, and they don't seem that much worse for wear. Then again, if they were damaged I wasn't going to cry over it.

    Still going to try the diluted bleach bath for my kneepads, shoulderpads, and chest protector. Not sure if I want to bleach my pants. Don't want them to turn gray on me.
     
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    Don’t wash your gloves! That’s so Gay everyone will make fun of you :shakehead :shakehead
     
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    What do you add in the dishwasher? Detergent? Nothing?

    How diluted should the bleach be in the tub water? How much bleach should go in to a semi-full tub?

    Doesn't the bleach discolor everything (especially pants)?
     
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    Uh oh, someone should have told me before I filled them with potpourri :(

    Also my jersey mixed in with the red load, now it appears to be a bright pink. This will not end well!
     
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    Don't worry, for your first problem, I suggest a baby skunk. (You'll smell like the toughest player on the team)

    For your second problem, wash your jersey with your new blue jeans. It will now be a manly deep purple :D
     
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    A couple dashes of medicated powder (like drug stores sell for use against athlete's foot or jock itch) into each glove after every use works pretty well at keeping stink down.

    Downside is your hands end up kind of dry and covered in the chalky powder after every use, but you're gonna wash up anyway, right? And some people like playing with not-so-sweaty hands.
     
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    Don't wash your gloves because the palm will be ruined...If you're really concerned about the smell, you should wash your hands before every time you use them with some sort of strong-smelling soap...That will help a little, but over time, they will eventually stink anyway...
     
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    Use 1/4 cup of bleach for a regular size tub. If you worry about fading, use a color safe bleach like Clorox 2.
     
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    How to wash equipment

    My brother did this with his lacrosse gloves, but same thing.

    Step One.
    Gather your gear that you want to wash. Put it in the washer.

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    Step Two.
    Set everything. For example, the temperature of the water. I personally used Small load size, Warm Wash, Cold Rinse, Extra Rinse off and Hand wash Off. I set the cycle to a normal, regular cycle. The second picture shows it near the end of the cycle (dial moves in clockwise fashion).

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    Step Three.
    If your washer has a fabric softener dispenser, add half of a cap of fabric softener. You’ll need to pour in some laundry detergent. I used about a 1/4th of a cap. Make sure you cover most of the surface you want to clean with the detergent.

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    Step Four.
    Close the top of the washer, and start the cycle you set.

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    Step Five.
    Once the washer indicates that the cycle is done (usually by some sort of noise. If no noise is heard, look at the dial to see if it’s at the end of the cycle), take the equipment out.

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    Step Six.
    Tie the equipment up somehow. It will be hung outside. Hang it on anything where the equipment will be in direct sunlight. Leave it in the direct sunlight for about 10-15 minutes.

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    Step Seven.
    This step is needed ONLY if the equipment is not dry. Bring the equipment inside and place it in front of a fan for 10-15 minutes.

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    There you have it! Clean, good-smelling equipment! It’ll soften up your gloves a little bit, making them more flexible. If you do this to gloves as I did, the next morning you may need to work them a little bit. You may possibly need to do this to other equipment as well, but I have yet to try it.

    Warning! I have not tried this on equipment other than gloves, use this cleaning method at your own risk!

    Although, I think it’ll be fine for any body pads. Please, do not attempt washing your helmet in the washer. For one, it’ll be noisy and you may be punished per your parents, two, it’d be pretty hard to fit a helmet into a washer. If you attempt washing your helmet, and it works, let me know. See the warning above.
     
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    If you have the front loading washing machine (as opposed to the top loading ones that have a pole in the middle) then you can throw all your equipment in, gloves included.

    Put 1/4 cup ammonia in and 1/2 cup regular washing detergent, and do it on the cold cycle.

    Let them air dry outside, then rinse the gloves in cold water and let dry again.

    Just my 2 cents
     
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