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Old 07-10-08, 09:19 AM   #1
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Helmet Stench

My helmet smells funky. Its just the pads that smell, the styrofoam is fine. Do I just throw the pads in with my wash or is there some neat trick I don't know about?
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Wash them and then spray after each days use with no scent Lysol spray
to kill the bacteria that makes the smell.
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I just take them out once a week and rinse them with some soap in the shower.
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I just take them out once a week and rinse them with some soap in the shower.
that sounds right about up my alley
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Also, stick some wadded up newspaper in the helmet after each ride.

It will soak up a lot of the moisture and will help keep the scent a little less overpowering.
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I just take them out once a week and rinse them with some soap in the shower.
Here is a trick, and I kid you not. I used to do this with my off road motorcycle helmet. Wear it into the shower! Seriously, soap up your head, and snap on your helmet. Wear it during your shower. Take it off - rewash your hair, and let the helmet dry.

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hey what the hell, why not.
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Here is a trick, and I kid you not. I used to do this with my off road motorcycle helmet. Wear it into the shower! Seriously, soap up your head, and snap on your helmet. Wear it during your shower. Take it off - rewash your hair, and let the helmet dry.

Just try it once.

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Sheesh! Now I have to wear all the gear in the shower too? I would have
thought that it would be the one place where it wouldn't be needed
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I threw my foam pads in the wash once, they pretty much fell apart. I started wearing a bandana under the helmet, that seems to help, both in filling up the space formerly occupied by the pads and in keeping the sweat off the helmet (and out of my eyes too)
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The only thing that got my helmet odor free was two cycles in the dishwasher w/o heated dry.
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I'm surprised that nobody has suggested not wearing the helmet as a solution.
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i just don't have that problem... i sweat... but for some reason i guess my head-sweats just not stinky???
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another vote for wear it in the shower. Option two involves the garden hose. Both work fine.
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Here is a trick, and I kid you not. I used to do this with my off road motorcycle helmet. Wear it into the shower! Seriously, soap up your head, and snap on your helmet. Wear it during your shower. Take it off - rewash your hair, and let the helmet dry.

Just try it once.

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Perfect, just in case you slip in the shower.
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i just don't have that problem... i sweat... but for some reason i guess my head-sweats just not stinky???
My step-mother told me that women don't sweat..... they glow. Glow doesn't stink.
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Here is a trick, and I kid you not. I used to do this with my off road motorcycle helmet. Wear it into the shower! Seriously, soap up your head, and snap on your helmet. Wear it during your shower. Take it off - rewash your hair, and let the helmet dry.
That's probably a little more elaborate than you need to get. Just take it into the shower on a frequent basis, drizzle a little shampoo into it, suds it up and rinse.

But really, y'know, people...it's just common sense. If you go sweating all over something, wash it, for heaven's sake. If you don't, of course it's going to stink.
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My step-mother told me that women don't sweat..... they glow. Glow doesn't stink.
haha, yup...PERFECT answer. I glow
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Hand wash periodically. And how old is your helmet? If it is older than 3 years I would consider tossing the thing and getting a new one.
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If you have a spot at home or work with good breeze or airflow, put the helmet there for an hour or two after your ride. Bacteria need/thrive on moisture, so the faster the helmet dries... . At home there is a box fan in the living room to circulate the air (old house, no forced air HVAC) and when I get home I just set my helmet and gloves in front of the fan. At work I buckle the helmet to the side handle of a toolbox that's right in front of a huge intake grille for one of the AC units (bonus for me, humidity and plastic injection molding don't get along). My helmet never stinks, and I sweat ALOT.
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OK that explains a lot. My office has a bad smell and I thought it was me, and maybe I'd need to see a doctor or something maybe kidney failure

Still could detect the odor despite not commuting today with no helmet in the room. Will be purchasing a new helmet soon!
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Another shower helmet wearer here! Well... At least when my helmet needs it. Just wear it in the shower... Works great!
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mine dont really stink, had it 2 months. strange. I guess i should clean it, never really thought about it
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My helmet smells funky. Its just the pads that smell, the styrofoam is fine. Do I just throw the pads in with my wash or is there some neat trick I don't know about?
Hey deez,

I just fill the bathroom sink with hot water, add some Dawn detergent (any kind will do,) and soak my helmet until the water cools off. Then I fill the sink with hot water again for a rinse, and do the same thing without detergent. Then I dry the helmet with a towel and let it dry overnight.

It's the body oils and sweat that soak into the pads and straps that make a breeding ground for stinky germs (not harmful, just stinky. ) Wash those body fluids out and the stink goes with them.

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i wore it in the shower. it was kinda fun, but loud when the water hits it.
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