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How To Keep Smelly Hockey Gear Clean Through The Winter

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Have you ever opened a bag of sports equipment and nearly passed out? Okay so at my house, we wear gas masks and full body armor when cleaning my son’s sports gear. I mean teenagers are smelly as it is, but put them in sports and the definition of “stinking to high heaven” is crossed over 10-fold. I love using Oxi-Clean for anything. So Arm & Hammer helps keep our smelly hockey gear clean through winter.

Skates, helmets, gloves, tournaments – it’s hockey season. Between driving your budding superstar to practices, organizing fundraisers and trying to maintain equipment, being a hockey parent is a busy but rewarding job. However getting the stink out of the gear is almost beyond impossible. 

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Here are some ways to prepare for hockey season’s worst, to ensure it’s the best:

#1. Keep to a Routine: Hockey is a busy sport. Having a routine is important. Try to make time for homework and school and practice isn’t easy. I always get my son to prepare his hockey bag ahead of time, making sure he has everything is packed and ready to go. And if he’s getting a ride from someone, I make sure we swap numbers and have our times coordinated.

Pro-tip: create a check-list for your child to follow so they can learn to manage their own time and ensure they’re well prepared to hit the ice.

#2. Banish smelly gearI can’t banish the smelly kid, but he can shower. But I can banish the smelly gear. Hockey gear collects sweat all over it, creating some of the worst odors I’ve ever dealt with as a parent. First thing to do is to air out the equipment. Do not — I say again — do not leave the gear zipped up in the bag! Second is to wash everything really well in the washing machine. 

Pro tip: Use a detergent that’s up to the challenge such as OxiCleanTM HD Liquid Laundry Detergent and Arm & HammerTM Plus OxiCleanTMCold Water Power Paks – they are my go-to favorites!

#3. Keep a positive attitudeI’m a mess during the hockey season, but it’s important to keep positive for your kids. Whether they win or lose doesn’t matter. The game teaches your kids to play and work as a team. I always tell my son to do his best and that’s all anyone can ask of him. 

#4. Get to know your fellow hockey parents: Hockey parents are a club. We really are. Like a network, being involved is a great experience. Getting to know your other fellow hockey parents can be rewarding, especially if you work together carpooling or need to ask for a last-minute favor if you can’t make a practice. 

#5. Make some memories: Hockey advice and early morning coffee runs while you sit and share memories watching your kids play together is absolutely incredible. 

Pro Tip: Create a pre or post hockey tradition for you and your son or daughter to share!


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To help ensure you’re ready, we’re giving away some great hockey season essentials for at home and on the road games. Giveaway is open for Canada only. To enter just fill out the form below. Lots of bonus opportunities to win. Total Value: Approx. $35

  • OxiCleanTM HD Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Arm & HammerTM Plus OxiCleanTM Cold Water Power Paks
  • Arm & HammerTM Baking Soda
  • Arm & HammerTM SpinbrushTM battery powered toothbrush The Ultimate Spider-Man TM
  • OrajelTM Spider-ManTM Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste

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