Taking Care of Sports Equipment

If you have ever been in a vehicle with a hockey bag, you know the smell I mean.

Sprays and powders don’t seem to work very well. Sprays encapsulate the smell and drop it into the fabric, they do not eliminate it. Many sprays have toxins and chemicals in them as well. Add that to the smell of sweat and you have a nasty mix. The kids complained about the powders. They did not like the residue left behind and when used in skates or cleats the powder ended up between their toes and that did not feel very good.

Airing out equipment is great, especially if it can be laid out in the sun. The sun dries the equipment and helps to reduce the MRSA bacteria growing inside the fabric of the equipment.

Synthetics and plastics seem to hold smell more that natural fibers. With many pieces of sports equipment it’s difficult to check the content. Footwear, skates and gloves do have labels that tell you what they are made of. Leather is great, if you can find it. It dries and lasts longer that synthetics.

There are several new fabrics on the market now being used for jerseys and under armour type clothing. This new generation of fabrics are called moisture management cloths. The most interesting that I have come across recently is called CHITOSANTE. It is created when Chitosan (made from the shells of shrimp & crabs) is combined with textile fibers in the finishing process. It binds easily and permanently. It is BREATHABLE, ANTIBACTERIAL and is a fully functional wicking item.

Having a healthy, active lifestyle includes being informed about what you are wearing. Keeping sports equipment and clothing smelling fresh and clean helps keep the athlete healthy.

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