Throwing moist, sweaty sports gear into a bag, without first drying it properly, causes a foul odour and increases the risk of bacterial infections. In addition to using a simple equipment drying solution from PROlocker, you may want to try this effective homemade hockey equipment cleaning solution.
To make it, mix ¾ teaspoon of bleach with 500 ml of cool water. If you need more, add a teaspoon of bleach to 5 litres of water. This will kill most common bacteria, but be sure to measure carefully because too much bleach may damage the fabrics. Pour the solution into a tub to soak big items like pads, or add it to your washing machine. After cleaning, dry thoroughly. Note: Don’t use bleach on the actual uniform.
If sports gear or equipment has been contaminated by blood, it must be disinfected, bearing in mind that disinfection kills more bacteria than sanitization. To make an effective hockey equipment cleaning disinfectant, mix 3 tablespoons of bleach with 5 litres of water. Hockey equipment cleaning for items like shin pads, shoulder pads and elbow pads can also be done in the washing machine on the ‘gentle’ cycle.
Note: Bacterial growth can be prevented by ensuring that all gear is dried out after use. Never store moist equipment or clothing in a dark car trunk or sports bag. Put it in your PROlocker instead!