Ooooh that smell, can’t you smell that smell?
Those may be widely popular words of a Lynyrd Skynyrd song, but those same words surely cross the minds of just about anyone who has had the “opportunity” of experiencing the locker room or an equipment bag of a hockey player.
There is what is to be considered a normal ‘athletic’ smell, then on a whole other level is what is known as THE ‘hockey smell’….it’s worse than wet-dog smell.
The normal smell of sweat from the athletes themselves, earned during a fierce competition, is one thing. But consider the equipment: helmets, shoulder pads, padded pants, socks, jerseys, etc.
All of it, every last piece of it, soaks up the moisture of sweat and becomes a stewing pot – producing its own unique bouquet of silent stink.
The worse offenders are hockey gloves and skates.
Players giving opponents the proverbial ‘face wash’ with a stinky glove has been known to set off a fight or two. They are just a dirty, filthy, smelly mess.
Of course there is a valid health concern because of bacteria, mold, and fungus growing in and on equipment…which by the way, is what causes the stench in the first place. A Virginia company called Gear Clean has stated online, the organisms rot and degrade the equipment and can lead to more serious growth of MRSA (staphylococcus aureus), a specific staph bacteria that can be resistant to antibiotics.
The proper airing out of equipment is the key to keeping things under control. Staying on top of it daily is an absolute must….and definitely don’t let hockey gear stay in the bag. Get the gear out of the bag to let it dry.
But the big question remains…How to deodorize the equipment and battle the smell?
One plan of attack is using Fabreeze, but that never really seemed to anything other than waste Fabreeze. Other attempts have been the use of baking soda or vinegar. But I’m here to give you another option.
Young Living Essential Oils blend “Thieves” or “Purification”
Thieves essential oil blend was tested at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah for its cleansing abilities. This proprietary blend was found to have a 99.96 percent effective rate against airborne bacteria.
The cleansing effect of Purification has been found helpful for neutralizing mildew, cigarette smoke and other undesirable odors; it purifies and freshens your surroundings. It also deodorizes and neutralizes the air.
Mix either Thieves or Purification with plain water, or use a solution of Thieves household cleaner plus the essential oils. This doesn’t just deodorize, but it kills the bacteria and fungi that reproduce in the material of the hockey equipment, which as mentioned previously is the cause of the stench.
Remove the hockey stench from your child’s equipment, bag and as a result, return the normal, pleasant smell to your car!
Here’s to a sweeter smell in your life!