Back to school also means back to sports! As you uncover your kids’ sports equipment, gear and uniforms, you may find some items have held onto last year’s odors and stains. To restore your equipment and send your children off with fresh-smelling and sanitized gear, read our cleaning tips.
1. Grass Stains
Begin by applying a pre-wash or a homemade water-and-vinegar solution to the stain and let the item soak for 15 minutes.
Use a rag or a toothbrush to massage the treatment into the stain until it disappears and then wash as normal.
A laundry room sink is perfect for soaking stained sports clothes.
2. Cleats and Sneakers
Clean shoes using warm water and dish soap. To remove odors, enclose the items in a plastic bag and place in the freezer overnight. The freezing temperature will kill lingering bacteria and remove unwanted smells.
Freeze your kids’ shoes to get rid of odors and bacteria.
Image Source: One Crazy House3. Helmets
To avoid damaging delicate padding, wash helmets with soap and water using a microfiber rag.
Next, spray a disinfectant to remove bacteria caused by sweat. To prevent odors from forming, spritz the inside of the helmet with a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar. Harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia can cause harm.
Clean football helmets with soap and avoid caustic chemicals.
4. Shoulder Pads and Shin Guards
Zip padding and shin guards in a pillowcase before cleaning them in your washing machine. When finished, let these items air dry. Do not put them in the dryer.
You can put shin guards in the washer but hang them to dry.5. Caring for Equipment
Try to keep your equipment dry to prevent mildew and mold caused by dampness. To remove extra moisture, place a dehumidifier in the mudroom or garage or anywhere your equipment is stored.
You can always leave equipment out in the sun to dry. The sun’s hot rays will remove bacteria and the breeze will leave your items with a fresh, natural scent.
Now that your children’s sports gear is properly cleaned and disinfected, it’s time to store and organize it!
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