How to clean football equipment

Yes, boys sweat a lot! Learn how to clean football equipment or you’ll have some gross pads laying around.

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Yes, it’s the middle of June, but football is right around the corner.  It’s starts the first of August here in North Carolina.   My 2 boys were in wrestling camp this week and they got in the car and they stunk and I know football is coming.  Make sure to teach your kids about cleaning football equipment!

How to clean your kid's football equipment

Organizing Football Equipment

Organizing football gear can be such a pain!  Between my two boys and another boy that we help out, we have 3 sets of everything and it can make a huge mess in our garage.  We have duffle bags that have zipper pouches that hold everything they need.

 I’m not linking to a bag because you’ll need to go make sure you get one large enough to hold the size you need, However, here is one similar to ours. Reminder- check the size to make sure it fits shoulder pads and helmet!

It’s nice because everything is in one place and place to hold extra mouthpieces, gloves, socks, and sweatbands.  I buy sneaker balls to throw in to help reduce the smell.

How to clean football equipment

***The first thing to do is take it out of the car and air out the pads and helmet.  If you keep the equipment in a bag, take it out when you get home.  I have some hooks in my garage that we hang them on.  They do this after every practice.  

You don’t want mildew, mold, and bacteria growing on all that stuff.  When they start practicing in August, it’s hot and I never knew little boys could sweat that much.

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**UPDATE**

I noticed people were coming to this page and with coronavirus you may be having trouble finding Lysol! Here’s an additional {HOMEMADE} way to clean your football pads.

Grab a spray bottle, like this one, and fill it with rubbing alcohol. You can spray this on your equipment and inside your helmet.

Alcohol helps keep odors and bacteria growth under control. It will also kill fungus AND viruses! Do not dilute with water because you can reduce the effectiveness.

Laying the equipment out in the sun so the rays and heat will help it air dry.

football player catching a ball

Version #2

I LOVE Lysol!  Spray the inside of the helmet and shoulder pads down with Lysol, or another disinfectant spray, at least once a week.  This helps kill any germs, but also makes it smell better, some people that use Febreze, but I stick with Lysol.

 I usually don’t let the kids do this because the can would only last a day if I let them spray it. (Update: My boys are older now and I make them do this now.). Lysol wipes are good too!

If you just can’t get that body odor smell out, try washing it with warm soapy water, then wiping it down with rubbing alcohol.

If your equipment has removable pads you can throw the cloth parts into the washing machine, along with your footbal pants! Wash with a cup of vinegar (and no soap) , then wash again with your laundry detergent.

***Don’t forget the chin strap. Clean this at least once a week.  These are easy to clean because you can unsnap it.  I take it over to the sink and use dish detergent to wash in out in the sink.  You just need to get all that sweat and dirtoff.  I noticed my older son breaking out on his chin during football season so I try to do this or remind him to do it often.

I hope this helps and you have a winning season!

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