How to remove odors from hockey equipment
It’s almost impossible to play hockey and not end up with some odor problems with the gear. Hours and hours of sweat and grime inevitably build up, and the result isn’t pretty.
It’s also not safe. Dirty, sweaty gear is a breeding ground for germs, mildew and mold. If you cut yourself while using dirty gear, you could get a nasty infection that could quickly become serious. Flesh-eating infections, for example, have resulted in limb amputations. You could also develop MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to many types of antibiotics and can be fatal.
These scenarios may be at the extreme end of what could happen, but at minimum, your smelly gear could scare away your friends and family.
The good news is that all this can be easily prevented with simple — but important — cleaning tips.
Air it out. Dry gear is a much less-hospitable environment for germs than equipment stuffed in a duffle bag or locker. Use a
low-cost laundry drying rack air everything out after practice, including pads, gloves and the insoles of your skates. Turn a fan on it and plug in an AirRestore Air Naturalizer. The Air Naturalizer will help break down the particles that make it smell bad and target bacteria and other germs. Spray the inside of your bag with an anti-microbial spray, and leave it open so it can dry. You can set a corded Air Naturalizer inside for extra clean-up power.
Wash it. Check the tags or instructions that came with each item to see if it can be submerged in water. Some items can go in a wash machine if it’s a front-load style. Most Laundromats have this type if you don’t have one at home.
- Avoid bleach for protective gear; it can break down the foam and plastic components.
- Invest in a good layer of clothing to wear under your gear, air those items out after each use, and wash them frequently. Jerseys and socks also should be washed in the washing machine. Some pads and gloves can be washed this way. If the instructions say an item can’t be put in the washing machine, you can soak them in a bathtub full of warm water with laundry detergent or vinegar. Rinse it thoroughly, squeeze out all the water you can and hang it to dry.
- For your skates: Wet a towel with vinegar and wipe out the insides and dry it with another towel. Then put a corded Air Naturalizer inside each skate to zap the odors and germs.
- Use a towel with mild soap and warm water to wipe off your helmet and clean the face mask, including the chin cup. Go over everything with another damp towel to remove the soap, and let it dry.
- If your gear is especially ripe, fill the wash machine and let the gear soak, then drain the water and run the gear through a full wash cycle.
Dry it. Most gear (other than clothing layers) won’t hold up well in the dryer. Instead, spread everything out so air can get to it — preferably in the sun — and let a fan blow on it for several hours or overnight. This is another great time to use your AirRestore Air Naturalizer, which can tackle odors or germs that may have survived the wash.
Don’t forget your mouth guard! Soak it in mouthwash and scrub it with a toothbrush.
AirRestore donates air naturalizers to Florida K9 unit to improve air quality in patrol cars
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — To thank the West Palm Beach, Fla., K9 unit for the work of its officers in protecting the community, AirRestore recently donated six air naturalizers and car adapters to remove animal odors from patrol cars. The AirRestore units quickly remove particles that cause unpleasant smells and aggravate allergies for officers who spend many hours confined with their K9 companions.
“We wanted to show our appreciation for the level of dedication and service the West Palm Beach K9 unit provides to residents,” said Bill Converse, president of AirRestore. “In addition to spending time together in the patrol cars, the dogs go home with the handler, and all the work odors go with them. The officers really like what the units did in the house as well as the workplace. Also, we wanted to give them something that would get rid of the odor-causing material and not cover it up. By restoring the air naturally, we did not need to be concerned with altering the dogs’ highly developed sense of smell.”
K9 officers can play a major role in investigations and search-and-rescue efforts, using their powerful noses to guide other officers to suspects, evidence or missing individuals. According to HowStuffWorks.com, there are thousands of K9 police dogs working in law enforcement every day, and hundreds of them have lost their lives while serving their communities.
Converse said he admires “the commitment required to train and to handle a K9 dog. It shows the dedication of the officers and the loyalty and intelligence of their animal partners.”
West Palm Beach Police K9 officer Brian Gellin said the department appreciated the donation, and their officers said the air naturalizers were greatly improving the air quality in their vehicles and homes.
Officer J. Sniffin works with K9 Officer Thor. Sniffin plugged an AirRestore in his patrol car. “As a police K9 handler, I’m in close quarters with my dog day and night. ... Within a few hours I could tell that [the AirRestore Air Naturalizer] was doing something. The air inside the car smelled 'cleaner' and I could breathe easier.”
AirRestore Wins 1st Place Among New Products at Las Vegas Trade Show
The air-cleansing power of AirRestore's Air Naturalizer earned it first place among new products at the SuperZoo National Show for Pet Retailers in Las Vegas in 2012.
Especially useful for pet owners, the air naturalizer eradicates the cause of pet odor, rather than masking it.
Bill Converse, president of AirRestore, said the company was pleased with the award. “The SuperZoo show was a great opportunity to show how effective our product is at removing pet odors. We were excited to be recognized for our efforts to help make pet owners' and allergy sufferers' homes more comfortable.”
He stated that the affordability and small size represents the next leap forward in modern air cleaning technology since he created it over 20 years ago.
The AirRestore Air Naturalizer uses plasma ionic technology, which knocks microscopic materials out of the air, and hydroxyls, which break down the chemicals that make up pet odors and other smells. In doing so, it recreates natural air balances, much like the earth does during a thunderstorm.
The compact air naturalizer unit is filter-free and very powerful. It can purify air in the entire ground floor of an average-sized home. It is also energy saving, using only about 1/20th the energy used to power a 60-watt light bulb.