Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby AgrAde on Thu 21/Apr/16 7:52pm

Everything else I ride with I can just chuck in the washing machine. The helmet is annoying to wash and it seems to be gross again after a ride or two. I'm not keen to be constantly handwashing it anymore. Anyone use any sort of antibacterial spray or other special tricks?
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby AgrAde on Thu 21/Apr/16 7:54pm

To clarify I'm referring to bike helmets. That you wear on your head. :blink:
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby Simon_K on Thu 21/Apr/16 8:21pm

Pull the pads out, bung them in one of those delicates wash bags and throw in the wash. Doing that regularly takes care of the most stinky bit. Take the helmet shell into the shower, soap it up and rinse.

I wonder if the usual trick of a bit of white vingar sprayed into the Helmet and rinsed off could help remove the lingering sweatiness?
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby Wobbler on Thu 21/Apr/16 8:34pm

AgrAde wrote:To clarify I'm referring to bike helmets. That you wear on your head. :blink:


There goes my detol and wire brush suggestion then
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby el_booto on Thu 21/Apr/16 8:39pm

Giro make a product called "refresh spray"

One would assume it's good for the prevention of helmet stank :eh:
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby AgrAde on Thu 21/Apr/16 8:47pm

Simon_K wrote:Pull the pads out, bung them in one of those delicates wash bags and throw in the wash. Doing that regularly takes care of the most stinky bit.

I did this with my last helmet and completely ruined all of the pads. Not sure I want to go there again.

Simon_K wrote:Take the helmet shell into the shower, soap it up and rinse.

Considering that the shower happens after every mtb ride, this isn't a bad idea. Wonder if it'll hold out a full week of communting?

el_booto wrote:Giro make a product called "refresh spray"

One would assume it's good for the prevention of helmet stank :eh:

Have you tried it?
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby dwgknz on Thu 21/Apr/16 8:52pm

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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby swtchbckr on Thu 21/Apr/16 9:02pm

I was thinking, yeah my helmet don't stank, and then saw this doorag post and I'm like yeah... Ground Effect DooR Rag, every ride, even in the commuter helmet...
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby AgrAde on Thu 21/Apr/16 9:15pm

I'm unwilling to sacrifice the feeling of the wind blowing into my helmet vents and across my fresh #4 buzzcut.
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby swtchbckr on Thu 21/Apr/16 9:26pm

My doo tag only really goes across my forehead, above the ears, and ties in back, leaving the top of my noggin free to breezes
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby FLATULENTFRIEND on Thu 21/Apr/16 10:16pm

I often rinse my ones with fresh water and hang them on the washing line.

The pads in my Giro Ionos lasted about 8 years :thumbsup:
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby el_booto on Thu 21/Apr/16 11:04pm

AgrAde wrote:
el_booto wrote:Giro make a product called "refresh spray"

One would assume it's good for the prevention of helmet stank :eh:

Have you tried it?


No but I know it exists, most of my helmets have replaceable padding so if it gets really funky I just buy new stuff (yet to happen, I have a tendency to write off a helmet before it gets to that point)
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby swtchbckr on Fri 22/Apr/16 6:18am

Oh, something else I just remembered. My Bell Super has silver fibres in the pads, which are purportedly amti bacterial, which may explain the 'freshness' of that helmet
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby AgrAde on Fri 22/Apr/16 7:35am

Well, I have a super 2 so they either changed it or it's ineffective.
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Re: Combatting The Smelly Helmet

Postby Conners on Fri 22/Apr/16 9:39am

AgrAde wrote:
Simon_K wrote:Take the helmet shell into the shower, soap it up and rinse.

Considering that the shower happens after every mtb ride, this isn't a bad idea. Wonder if it'll hold out a full week of communting?

You go a full week of commuting without showering? :eh:
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