These moms are taking the life out of the gear. Johnny is going to put on the gear and find the cordura just pull apart. the UV exposure, ESP in southern climates, will ruin the stitches, cordura and defender nylons used to make the gear.
The high levels of chlorine are not good for the materials. Any plastic plates inside the gear will become brittle. Puck impacts will start to crack them rapidly. Additionally, even with the pool chemicals, there are micro-organisms in the pool water. Algae and others will be in the gear.
Knowing how expensive hockey is in your state, these moms can prob afford to replace the gear repeatedly but IMHO its not good for the pool, the gear or the kids.
The alcohol and water mix works great as long as gear is air dried(NOT IN SUNLIGHT or with heat). I first heard about this from a guy in your area who works for Disney about 6 years ago. MUDBUG is his screen name. The mix also works great as an ice pack. It turns to a slush that forms well to hard to ice areas such as ankles.
* water droplets on hte gear also act as magnifiying glass. The sunlight will be concentrated to a single point on the material that the drop rests on. Pretty much the same as watering plants at midday, in the florida area. The sun will burn the same small hole in the gear as it does on a plant leaf.
yeah, dry the gear indoors if you spray it with alcohol.
Also, it's better to start before the gear stinks. If your kid's gear smells bad check your local rink or hockey store for a cleaning machine. Then use the rubbing alcohol/water mix to keep it sanitized as best you can afterwords.
I know there was a thread recently about this, but I never saw this suggested.
My wife said some of the moms at my son's hockey swear by soaking pads in the pool and letting them sun dry. Evidently the chlorine kills the bacteria that causes the odor.
Has anyone heard this before, or better yet... done it?
This would probably work, but I agree with the other guys that say it wouldn't be good for the equipment. Also, the thought of getting into a pool after some guys grubby stuff has been in there is really gross.
the easiest way is to mix 2/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 water in a spray bottle and spray down the hockey gear when you let it dry out. The rubbing alcohol kills bacteria and dries fast.
I use this method and my gear smells fine for a long time.
I have never tried this, but I dont know if that would be good for the skin. I am sure almost every place has a shop that will clean it properly. I am in Alberta, Canada and there are couple places and charge roughly the same range. A complete wash will run you about 65-70. I dont think its that bad, on top of it if its your first time going they will show you what came out of your gear.
Depending on how good you are with airing your gear out after each game/practice gear wont smell for couple months.
Cleaning your gear? I've never heard of that. I've heard of guys throwing bounce in their bag, but not cleaning the gear.
Originally Posted by iceman17
I just air mine out in my basement after playing. DOesnt smell too bad the next time I play.
Originally Posted by CenterHice
1 word......Febreeze. Gets the stink out and doesn't leave a perfumy scent.
this is how staph infections happen. you have to occasionally clean your gear. masking the smell is not cleaning it. i use a 5-10% Vinegar solution (water + vinegar). this will kill mold, germs and smell. spray it on, let it dry, no follow up smell either.
I dip the equip (mine and my son's) in the tub, soak it in Oxyclean, and then take the wet/dry vac to it twice a year.....the Oxyclean works fantastic on bacteria, and getting it out helps too Then air dry in garage....