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09-01-2009, 01:09 PM
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Staph is nasty stuff. I've heard some very scary stories.

Makes me grateful for my shockdoctor bag. Heat and Ozone to kill the **** in my gear off after every use without much effort.
I think I might get one of those bags, I've heard of them before. Would you really recommend one if one thinks this stuff is important?

I figure since you have one I should ask you as you would know.

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Damn, i'll stick with my bag o' stink.
At least spray down the inside of the bag once and awhile. What do you think happens when you put clean gear in a dirty bag?

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You boys are all gross.

To the OP, try a bleach/water mixture, or take it to get Ozoned. Is there any place that does disinfecting in your area.

I wash my gear every week, though I don't allow my gear to actually touch my skin, I wear underarmour and that is washed after every game. My gloves are the only things that get a little bit iffy, but I wear children's gloves so I can afford to replace them.

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Seriously, it's hockey...

Who the hell washes equipment?

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I think I might get one of those bags, I've heard of them before. Would you really recommend one if one thinks this stuff is important?

I figure since you have one I should ask you as you would know.
Depends on how much you sweat. At least with the older ones, if you sweat a lot it won't work as well. My dad had that problem with his, his gear took a few cycles to get completely dry. Since then they've improved the airflow in the bag and dryer (which I looked up, it's now around $80...). I have one of the old ones and it works fine for me though, and my gear definitely smells better when I'm using the bag, which means it's working at disinfecting the stuff.

So, if you have the money, I would go for one. They're pricey, but they work.

Also, they're great if you have a small living space. You don't have to spread stuff out to dry it.

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Seriously, it's hockey...

Who the hell washes equipment?
People who don't want to get MRSA and die.

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I think I might get one of those bags, I've heard of them before. Would you really recommend one if one thinks this stuff is important?

I figure since you have one I should ask you as you would know.
The ozone disenfecting thing is BS. I own the bag and did some research- the amount of ozone required to kill bacteria is far more than that machine can produce and it would be harmful to your health, and therefore not be allowed in the market.

There are machines that use ozone to kill bacteria in hockey equipment. They use a process to convert the ozone to oxygen before releasing it out from the enclosed system.

That being said, the bag is fantastic for drying your gear- especially if you are like me and don't have a basement, or a heated basement. Spray your stuff down with a mixture of 1 part rubbing alcohol to 2 parts water, put it in the bag and run it for a couple cycles. It will keep the stink out.

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Who the hell washes equipment?
mine gets the bleach treatment once a month. Fill up bathtub full of water, half a cup full of bleach, swish. Then air dry the suckers.

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After reading this thread, i've decided to wash my gear at this moment haha. I do it maybe once every 2.5 weeks.

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I dont think i have ever washed my gear. I hang em up to dry and spray with anti-bacterial febreeze. Thats probably not good enough huh?

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Who the hell washes equipment?
I do.

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Also here is a similar type of knee that I have from a staph infection. I got mine from a scrape on the playground when I was 10 or 11 and ended up in the hospital scheduled for amputation. Thankfully the treatment started working.

I have a hole in my right knee smaller than this but similar also covered with skin and scar tissue. I have some cartilege gone because of it. It was eaten away by the bacteria that resited antibiotics.

This guy plays college football and got it from the hospital during surgery somehow. 92% of staph infections (guesstimate) are acquired in a hospital type setting and they do not know why. Mine was not as severe as it could have been and in fact was a very mild strain of it and I still got screwed up with it simply from a playground skinned knee. You may think your bag smelling bad is funny when you are 13 but seriously .... wash your chit.

I'm just letting you know that this stuff happens .... a player in the NHL for either the Islanders or the Oilers a few years ago almost had his hand amputated from a skate lace incident from tieing his skates. I forget who it was now but he was a known player. You know sometimes when some skin comes off your finger from tightening your laces like a blister and it bleeds? That was all it took .... within 24 hours his hand ballooned and he almost lost it.



Iowa center Brian Ferentz shows a scar on his leg to members of the media prior to the Outback Bowl's DeBartolo Team Luncheon at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida on Thursday December 29, 2005. Ferentz suffered a staph infection before the 2004 season. He lost parts of his right knee because of it. (Cliff Jette/Gazette)


I would also say that this guy was lucky it was 2004 and not 1977 like mine was .... mine wasn't as severe and they were ready to chop my leg off.


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Thornton, Belfour and McCarty.

Im not trying to make light of this infection, or your experience, but honestly, i doubt i will change.

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Thornton, Belfour and McCarty.

Im not trying to make light of this infection, or your experience, but honestly, i doubt i will change.
Well I do support personal preference and choices.

Personal choice is done by everyone with everything in life more or less. I should wear full face protection on my helmet and wear just a visor, I know the risk and am okay with it should something happen.

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This is thread is absolutely disgusting. The worst I've had in my bag is a few broken Gatorade bottles (pink jerseys ftl!) and some blood.


Actually, I lied. When I moved out last summer I left my gear @ my parents house. They kept it locked up in the garage for about a month, until I visited and decided to take the gear with me. When I opened my bag, I found moth eggs (unhatched) on one of my jerseys:




This was the first (and only time) I burned a piece of clothing. I also gave everything a very thorough inspection and wash. It's not as bad as ants in cereal or rats in skates, but it's still pretty gross.
Ugh, that's nothing. I just played my last game a couple of weeks ago, and asked my dad to bring my bag home because I wasn't going home for a few days. He didn't out my equipment, and when I got home I figured he had done it for me so didn't think about it. A couple days ago I was gonna play a game of pick up until I opened my bag and saw everything covered in mold. It was pretty disgusting, every piece of equipment had mold in some form or other, and my socks and jersey were still pretty wet after 2 weeks.

Obviously not as bad as mice in my entire house and covering my skates, but now I gotta bring my stuff to Mississauga to get it washed...

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I'd throw them out and buy new ones. I'm not rich but I don't have the patience or time to scrub out a nasty pair of skates like that.

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Love this thread.

I'd just start breaking in a few pair. Yikes that gives me the willies.

I've had guys show up for games who forgot their gear in their bag since the last game a week ago. The SMELL when they unzip their bag, everyone scurrying to the furthest part of the locker room, watching them put on their still soaking gear. Good times.

I make a point of airing out my gear on the patio or storage locker immediately when I get home. Most important thing is to get your gear in a dry area so the moisture is gone so bacteria can't grow. Sunlight is good at killing bacteria too, but I've read people say that it can also have long term effects on the equipment. But I've not had any complaints. Just don't forget it out in the rain or morning dew.

I also wash the gear in the tub with detergent every so often, once every few months. Spend alot of time rinsing with the shower head to make sure all the soap is out.

One day I'll get around to taking my stuff to a local hockey shop that has an ozone cleaner.

Staph and other bacterial infections are nothing to mess with.

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Love this thread.

I'd just start breaking in a few pair. Yikes that gives me the willies.

I've had guys show up for games who forgot their gear in their bag since the last game a week ago. The SMELL when they unzip their bag, everyone scurrying to the furthest part of the locker room, watching them put on their still soaking gear. Good times.

I make a point of airing out my gear on the patio or storage locker immediately when I get home. Most important thing is to get your gear in a dry area so the moisture is gone so bacteria can't grow. Sunlight is good at killing bacteria too, but I've read people say that it can also have long term effects on the equipment. But I've not had any complaints. Just don't forget it out in the rain or morning dew.

I also wash the gear in the tub with detergent every so often, once every few months. Spend alot of time rinsing with the shower head to make sure all the soap is out.

One day I'll get around to taking my stuff to a local hockey shop that has an ozone cleaner.

Staph and other bacterial infections are nothing to mess with.
I have had eq get kinda, i guess "hard" or "stiff" from being left in the sun.

And yes im talking about eq

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