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HOw do you stop hockey gloves from smelling bad (1 Viewer)

Ryan Tsang

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I can keep the rest of my equipment from stinking by drying it off and spraying it with FeBreze Antibacterial after every game. It works well. Some other guys' hockey bags just stink when they open it up :frowning:

Is there a good way to keep gloves fresh?
Are there professional cleaners that provide this service?
 

DaveBB

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There's only so much you can do since hockey gloves are soooo bulky and your hands sweat so much. I always make sure to take them out of the bag as soon as I get home and put them in a dry well ventilated place.

There are plenty of guys I play with who just store stuff in their bags and never let it air out! Ugh.

I've never heard of a cleaning service for hockey gloves.
 

Anthony_J

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I've just accepted as a fact of life that hockey equipment stinks and there's nothing you can do about it.

I once tried washing a pair of old gloves to see what would happen - it just ruins the palms and the stink returns after one or two uses anyway.

A good hang dry after every use is the best bet. It's not perfect, but still.

I don't mind the stink actually - it's the mildew that bugs me.
 

Jeff Gatie

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Ray Bourque used to have a custom glove dryer that was kept near the bench (you could see it if you had seats next to the walkway). Since Ray was a notorious sweat machine, he used 3 pairs of game gloves and used to switch them between shifts. I sat next to the bench one time and could hear Ray telling the trainer which pair to give him according to how long they had been drying.

Maybe you could rig a couple hair dryers or something to air dry yours like Ray.
 

Marcel_V

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I use talcom or baby powder in em to soak up some of the dampness.

I also run them through the washer at the end of every season, just make sure they don't go though a spin cycle, and use a gentle wash on them.
 

Bob Movies

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There's a company called esporta that makes a machine specifically designed to take the smell out of hockey equipment.

There's an article about it here:

http://www.esporta.ca/pages/news/langley.html

I just noticed that it's the company website, they've just reprinted the article. There's other info about their machines / services on that site too.

I saw this thing on the news during the winter. I don't play hockey myself, but I think it's a pretty interesting invention! The consumer reports guy tried it out, and said that it works great!

Bob
 

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