Whether you’re the athlete or find yourself having to take care of the little athlete in your life’s sports gear, you know that it can be a hassle. From the typical sweat and grime, to the stains and mud, there’s always another stain that has to be removed or another piece of equipment that needs hosed off. Here are five simple ways to keep that sports gear ready for the next event.
Some sports equipment such as shin guards, helmets, and other hard plastics can’t simply be tossed into the washing machine. Whenever there’s mud or grass caked onto sports gear, consider using a pressure washer to remove the mess quickly.
Let’s be clear here: Not your toothbrush. Some sports equipment is either too fragile to be tossed in a washing machine or requires a bit more finesse to clean up. Some soap and water and a toothbrush can help clean smaller items without having to waste a load of water in the washing machine.
Speaking of the washing machine, it’s going to be your best friend for grass stains on uniforms and other similar messes. Laundry detergents from lines like doTERRA products are built to keep your sports gear looking like new for the next wear.
This isn’t referencing the containers you’re putting your lunch in: Think bigger. Some equipment simply needs to soak in order to clean. Filling a large tupperware container with a gentle soap and water mixture can clean your sports gear that is too delicate for a pressure washer but isn’t built to be put in the washing machine.
The washing machine isn’t the only appliance in your house that can help you stay on top of messy sports gear. Your dishwasher is a perfect companion for gear like mouthguards and other smaller items that don’t belong in a washing machine.
Sports gear comes in all different shapes, sizes, and materials so having multiple method available for keeping your gear ready for use can sometimes require a bit of ingenuity on your end. Whenever you’re seeking the best way to clean a particular piece of equipment, make sure you know of any harmful processes to avoid. Typically, if you’re not sure, a good rule of thumb is to start with gentle solutions and work your way up.