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MeltingPlastic 03-25-2013 12:12 PM

Apartment Living and Equipment
 
So i've been living in apartments the past 4+ years that I've been out of college. My one apartment had a porch I kept my equipment in and my current one i rent a storage unit monthly to keep my equipment in (along with some other miscellaneous stuff), the apartment i am looking to move into does not have any storage units or any place I can keep the equipment (I'm not keeping it in my car like I did in college). What do guys who live in apartments do about their equipment? My storage unit smells horrible like hockey equipment and I don't want that smell in my living space.

nystromshairstylist 03-25-2013 12:46 PM

Keep everything on one of these by the window at all times:

http://www.hayneedle.com/product/hon...FUXf4AodJlsADA

MeltingPlastic 03-25-2013 12:51 PM

that doesn't do anything for the smell though, all my equipment gets hung up as it is anyway

Rink Bum 03-25-2013 01:14 PM

Rocket Sports Dryer

http://rocketsportdryer.com/


It will speed up drying and keep the odour somewhat contained. Nothing revolutionary but compact and does the job really well.

More cheaper route would be to dry your gear out in your apartment, pack it up in your hockey bag, and then buy a big sturdy plastic bag or plastic storage container to enclose your hockey bag. This will prevent your gear from stinking up your apartment.

nystromshairstylist 03-25-2013 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by MeltingPlastic (Post 62365283)
that doesn't do anything for the smell though, all my equipment gets hung up as it is anyway

Unless you wash the equipment, the smell will remain. By keeping that rack by the open window, the smell (stench, according to my family members) is manageable.

hitmanjat 03-25-2013 01:45 PM

I have a Grit Hockey Tower I open it up spray my gear down with Febreze and put a fan on it, works for me.

RedWinger10 03-25-2013 02:37 PM

Put you equipment in either a space bag or one of those giant storage bags made by ziploc. Then put that in your hockey bag. That should porvide a great odor shield and you should be able to keep your hockey bag anywhere.

Hank4Hart 03-25-2013 02:46 PM

i have 3 sets of goalie gear at home right now in a 800 square feet apartment... :laugh:

SkateThroughIt 03-25-2013 05:07 PM

My apartment came with a coat closet behind the front door. I loaded that up with 5 scented dehumidifiers and put all my hockey gear in that. My coats go in my regular closet.

Im moving in with a buddy soon and were thinking about forking over the $$$ for an extra bedroom just for our gear.

OpenIceHit42 03-25-2013 06:40 PM

I usually leave mine in the car except for the jerseys. On the weekends (if it's nice outside) I'll open the bag and spread the gear out on my patio. If my fiancee is working during the week at night I'll bring it in for a few hours, spread it throughout the bathroom and turn the exhaust fan on.

Wooty 03-25-2013 06:40 PM

Hang it up and put a fan blowing on it until it dries. Then pack it for next game.

Pog Form 03-25-2013 07:10 PM

This is basically a copy and paste from a post of mine from a while ago, but in addition to hanging or spreading out your gear somewhere, buy a dehumidifier and run it close by for a few hours after you play. It does an amazing job, works best in small spaces, and you'll be shocked/disgusted by how much liquid it pulls out of your gear. If I play at night and turn my dehumidifier on when I get home, my gear is bone dry in the morning. Honestly, one of the best hockey investments I've ever made.

If your stuff stinks right now, wash it first before starting to use a dehumidifier. The stink will stay away for the most part.

backburner 03-25-2013 08:58 PM

Mint rubbing alcohol kills all smells.

hyster110 03-26-2013 07:11 AM

bathroom, a dehumidifier and turn on your bathroom fan, leave it on overnight or for 24 hours, then pack your gear away, you will be good to go

Jarick 03-26-2013 09:34 AM

We talked about this here

Two steps:

1. Get rid of the smell by washing your gear. Fill the tub up with warm water and some detergent and a little bleach. I wash my pants, elbows, and shin guards. Used to wash my gloves, not anymore. Don't wash your skates. Rinse them well. That should get most of the stink out. Spread the gear out and let it dry. I use a $20 wire rack from Target.

2. Dry your gear after games to prevent the smell from returning. Use that wire rack and set everything on it. Then spray it with some Febreze or rubbing alcohol. Set up a fan to blow on the gear to help dry it, and if you have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, turn it on, close the door, and let it go overnight.

Back in my old apartment, I washed my gear every few months and dried it as described right when I got home and it acquired very little smell.

hyster110 03-26-2013 10:13 AM

i personally would leave the skates alone, just air them out and make sure they are completely dry

jaysoneil 03-26-2013 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by RedWinger10 (Post 62373389)
Put you equipment in either a space bag or one of those giant storage bags made by ziploc. Then put that in your hockey bag. That should porvide a great odor shield and you should be able to keep your hockey bag anywhere.

Do not do this, please. Yes, it's an odor shield, but your gear will still reak and it's not solving the problem as mold is more inlclined to grow.

Man up, and wash your gear.

JR97 03-26-2013 05:20 PM

Same situation. I've got the Shock Doctor Bag and blower. I live in a relatively dry climate and it takes 1.5 cycles to dry my gear. I run it in the bathroom with the window open and fan on (even in winter). Works great for me although a lot of people swear the Shock Doctor system sucks. I don't put my skates in there since those can dry quickly on their own and that frees up a little room for air circulation in the bag.

I used my bag and blower at a tournament this weekend. I had dry gear for every game. :yo:

I"ve looked at the rocket dryer setup. Pretty fancy.

Bexlyspeed 03-26-2013 06:59 PM

my ice equipment has not left the bag since 2007, unless I'm playing of course.
i have one of those shop doctor bags with the heater/ionizer that attaches to it, it dries the equipment and eliminates the smell. my gear is as good as the day i got it

cptjeff 03-26-2013 08:39 PM

Shock doctor bag and actually washing stuff on occasion has worked for me. Drying stuff out after every game rather than letting it fester in the bag is the most important part, regardless of how you do it. If you're just throwing the bag somewhere, you're gonna have some seriously nasty gear.

n3gkiwi 03-26-2013 08:50 PM

Funny I had this problem after moving in with my old lady in our apartment... after a year we are soon moving into a townhouse. Hockey equipment in an apartment is a pain (I even had a 2nd bathroom to dry it in). It just doesn't work that well.

noobman 03-26-2013 10:12 PM

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Originally Posted by MeltingPlastic (Post 62361469)
So i've been living in apartments the past 4+ years that I've been out of college. My one apartment had a porch I kept my equipment in and my current one i rent a storage unit monthly to keep my equipment in (along with some other miscellaneous stuff), the apartment i am looking to move into does not have any storage units or any place I can keep the equipment (I'm not keeping it in my car like I did in college). What do guys who live in apartments do about their equipment? My storage unit smells horrible like hockey equipment and I don't want that smell in my living space.

Just tell the ladies you bring over that it's the smell of raw testosterone :yo:

What I used to do when I was living alone was keep a laundry rack in the bathroom. After a game I would throw the stuff on a rack in the bathroom (pretty much making the bathroom usuable for the night.... pretty crowded) and go to sleep.

In the morning you can move it out of there and the smell won't be as bad. You will definitely have to wash your gear a little more regularly though.

Jarick 03-27-2013 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by noobman (Post 62496839)
Just tell the ladies you bring over that it's the smell of raw testosterone :yo:

Ha, my girlfriend absolutely loves how I smell after I work out, but after hockey I am not allowed anywhere until I shower. :laugh:

MeltingPlastic 03-27-2013 11:35 AM

Most girls I date have dated hockey players in the past so they know that a smell is involved after playing and with the equipment. I'll look into one of those dryer systems which may help but as i said, i lay out my equipment now as it is after every skate and it still smells.. I won't deny most of it is over 10 years old (i wish mom and dad were still paying for my gear haha) so they may just need a good cleaning and a fresh start!

SCritical 03-28-2013 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Jarick (Post 62518257)
Ha, my girlfriend absolutely loves how I smell after I work out, but after hockey I am not allowed anywhere until I shower. :laugh:

When you and your significant other have both played hockey and then get together...believe me that's a whole new level of nasty :laugh:

ahem, back on topic...my gear stays outside mostly because I live in a sharehouse and my roommates don't want to smell my gear all day. The bag just open on my porch, and I keep my sticks inside. Of course in this part of Australia the temperature tends to be pretty mild, so that isn't an issue. Although I keep the bag closed at night to keep spiders out


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