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Hockey Equipment Cleaning: How to Wash Your Equipment without Damaging It

At PROlocker, we’ve designed storage solutions that make keeping your hockey equipment all in one place to dry easier than ever. Although drying is an essential part of the hockey equipment cleaning process, it can’t completely eradicate mould, funguses, and unpleasant smells. Here’s what you need to know about hockey equipment cleaning and how to wash your things without damaging them.


Take your elbow pads, hockey pants, shoulder pads, and the insides of your shin guards and put them in the washing machine. Before you start the cycle, close all of the Velcro enclosures to ensure they don’t get caught on anything while they’re in the wash. If you are using a top-loader machine, remove all laces. Then, add detergent and start the machine.

After you’ve washed these items, put your jerseys, socks, and other base layers in the machine. This will prevent the Velcro from your other equipment from harming these items. If any of your clothing has print or a logo on it, turn it inside out.

Your shin guards shouldn’t go in the washing machine. To wash them, fill up your bathtub with a few inches of warm water and a little bit of laundry detergent and let them soak. Once you’ve done this, rinse them off with clean water.


The next step in the hockey equipment cleaning process is drying your things. Avoid the dryer and use one of our lockers to easily hang up and organize your equipment after it’s been washed. This way, you’ll always have fresh and clean equipment ready to go the next time you head off to a practice or a game.

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