Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Washing helmet in the dishwasher...Good or Bad Idea?

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Washing helmet in the dishwasher...Good or Bad Idea?

Old 06-13-17, 06:57 AM
  #26  
Cyclist0084 
Senior Member
 
Cyclist0084's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,811
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 184 Post(s)
Liked 353 Times in 90 Posts
Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Just let it get crusty and then crunch up the straps and collect the flakes. Makes good eatin'
Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
Let your dog/cat lick off the salt. All better!
__________________
Cyclist0084 is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 07:04 AM
  #27  
Nachoman
well hello there
 
Nachoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Point Loma, CA
Posts: 15,382

Bikes: Bill Holland (Road-Ti), Fuji Roubaix Pro (back-up), Bike Friday (folder), Co-Motion (tandem) & Trek 750 (hybrid)

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 492 Post(s)
Liked 292 Times in 182 Posts
Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Just bring it into the shower with you once in a while, along with your heart rate monitor strap. Hang on the towel rack to dry. Done.

If you are worried about the helmet then remove the straps and pads.



Done.
That's what I do too, a few times a year.
__________________
.
.

Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
Nachoman is offline  
Likes For Nachoman:
Old 06-13-17, 07:35 AM
  #28  
Juan Foote
LBKA (formerly punkncat)
 
Juan Foote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Jawja
Posts: 4,152

Bikes: Spec Roubaix SL4, GT Traffic 1.0

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1981 Post(s)
Liked 771 Times in 547 Posts
Originally Posted by CroMo Mike View Post
I don't like the idea of washing non-food items in my dishwasher, or kitchen sink for that matter. I won't bathe babies or pets in the kitchen sink either. Or dump out the dirty water from the carpet shampoo machine into the sink (like they do in the ad on TV). No way. I've even seen suggestions to wash small engine parts in the dishwasher or bake heat-proof or heat-setting paint in the oven - nope. I'd wash those icky things in the laundry sink or outdoors in a bucket. Helmet? Probably time for a new one, anyway.
Phobia is funny like that. I have this thing about chicken. If I eat it with my hands I MUST wash. I will pass on eating it if I don't have a place to do so.

However, greasy hands from working on a machine part, etc......hand me my sandwich please.
Juan Foote is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 03:39 PM
  #29  
cthenn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Posts: 2,629

Bikes: 2015 Trek Emonda SLR, 2002 Litespeed Classic, 2005 Bianchi Pista, 2016 Devinci Hatchet, Some BikesDirect MTB I never ride.

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 636 Post(s)
Liked 118 Times in 79 Posts
omfg really? Shower! That's the easiest way to wash a helmet. Shampoo doesn't leave any residue, and it's easy to clean in the shower. I just put it on my head after lathering up, and then scrub/scratch/rub the straps with my hands. Rub the whole helmet around in my hair to clean the pads. Take it off, use the shampoo all over it and clean the straps again. Put the helmet back on and rinse off. Everything comes off. Let it air dry.

If you are bald or have a short cut, use body wash. But yeah...shower.
cthenn is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 03:48 PM
  #30  
memebag
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,597

Bikes: 2017 Cannondale CAAD12 105, 2014 Giant Escape City

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 820 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by Tape2012 View Post
The heat during the wash cycle cannot be good for the foam helmet or the adhesives used. I wouldn't do it. Too much risk just to save yourself a little work washing by hand.
I've done it. Run it on cold, by itself. Came out squeaky clean.

Originally Posted by gecho View Post
Heat of dishwasher would probably loosen anything that is held in place by adhesive. Which could include foam pads, decals, and the entire plastic shell. I think most dishwashers are plumbed into the hot water line only with no option for cold. I wash mine outside in a 5 gallon pail with soap and a bit of bleach.
My dishwasher has cold water. Remove the pads before washing. Don't care about the decals, but they stayed put. The plastic shell is not going anywhere. It's bonded with the foam.

I'll do it once or twice, but helmets are wear items.
memebag is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 04:53 PM
  #31  
hotbike
Senior Member
 
hotbike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 3,700

Bikes: a lowrider BMX, a mountain bike, a faired recumbent, and a loaded touring bike

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 250 Post(s)
Liked 82 Times in 67 Posts
I make my own replacement pads. Just get a square of Felt at an artsncrafts store, dollar store, sewing supply. The pads gets so grungy, you can't clean them
.
hotbike is offline  
Old 06-13-17, 05:08 PM
  #32  
ThermionicScott 
working on my sandal tan
 
ThermionicScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Posts: 22,163

Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers), All-City Space Horse (hers)

Mentioned: 95 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3683 Post(s)
Liked 2,159 Times in 1,363 Posts
I just dunk mine in a sink full of cold water and press on the pads a few times to move water through them. Good for getting out a lot of the salt and gunk until the next time.
__________________
Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
Originally Posted by noglider
People in this forum are not typical.
RUSA #7498
ThermionicScott is offline  
Old 06-14-17, 01:14 AM
  #33  
a1penguin
Senior Member
 
a1penguin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Posts: 3,197
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 136 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 15 Posts
My straps get salty and sweaty. I just rinse them off under the tap until they are no longer stiff. I wear a Halo headband so the helmet pads stay pretty dry/clean. On the helmets I've purchased, the pads are velcroed to the helmet, so they can be removed and washed. I have never felt the need to give my helmet a bath.
a1penguin is offline  
Old 06-14-17, 05:14 AM
  #34  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 36,011
Mentioned: 204 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16570 Post(s)
Liked 11,533 Times in 5,551 Posts
Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
My straps get salty and sweaty. I just rinse them off under the tap until they are no longer stiff.
IKR. I sweat a ton and have too much sodium in my diet and this works all the time. It's not rocket surgery.

It's amazing how the Internet seems to have made it difficult to address simple issues. Why figure something out when I can ask others for the answer. And on the other end, those being asked often don't comprehend the question, as evidenced by all the pad-related responses to a question about straps.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 06-14-17, 06:39 AM
  #35  
MNBikeCommuter
Senior Member
 
MNBikeCommuter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 800

Bikes: Cannondale '92 T600 '95 H600 '01 RT1000

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 53 Posts
An hour of getting caught in the rain the other day flushed out my helmet quite well. The first four miles were a killer as the salt washed out of the pads and into my eyes but after that....
MNBikeCommuter is offline  
Old 06-14-17, 08:12 AM
  #36  
dipy911
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 264
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you do wash it in the dishwasher, remember to throw in a toilet seat as well. Don't waste any space.
dipy911 is offline  
Old 06-14-17, 08:15 AM
  #37  
f4rrest
Farmer tan
 
f4rrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Burbank, CA
Posts: 7,986

Bikes: Allez, SuperSix Evo

Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2870 Post(s)
Liked 28 Times in 23 Posts
I remove it and dip it in a crock pot full of hot wax every 400 miles.

It stays cleaner and quieter than does my chain.
f4rrest is offline  
Old 06-14-17, 09:55 AM
  #38  
I-Like-To-Bike
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Posts: 29,434

Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Liked 1,173 Times in 789 Posts
Originally Posted by dipy911 View Post
If you do wash it in the dishwasher, remember to throw in a toilet seat as well. Don't waste any space.
No need to detach the seat from the toilet, wash the helmet in the toilet at the same time as cleaning the toilet and toilet seat.
I-Like-To-Bike is offline  
Old 06-20-17, 06:17 AM
  #39  
Old Dutchman
Raconteur
 
Old Dutchman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Pittburgh
Posts: 28

Bikes: Kona Jake the Snake, Giant Revolt 2, Canyon Grail 7

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I take the straps out of my helmet and wash them, either by hand or in a "delicates" bag inside the washing machine. Same with the helmet pads, which are held in with velcro. I'm surprised that I seem to be the only one who does this.
Old Dutchman is offline  
Old 06-20-17, 07:42 AM
  #40  
pavbike
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I would rather try the washing machine before a dishwasher due to the heat.
pavbike is offline  
Old 06-20-17, 07:43 AM
  #41  
WizardOfBoz
Generally bewildered
 
WizardOfBoz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Eastern PA, USA
Posts: 2,947

Bikes: 2014 Trek Domane 6.9, 1999 LeMond Zurich, 1978 Schwinn Superior

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1111 Post(s)
Liked 300 Times in 225 Posts
Originally Posted by Tape2012 View Post
The heat during the wash cycle cannot be good for the foam helmet or the adhesives used. I wouldn't do it. Too much risk just to save yourself a little work washing by hand.
+1 And if the heat and harsh dish soap weakened the plastic, you wouldn't find out til you really needed the plastic to be strong...

I wash with dish soap, thoroughly rinse, air dry. I do wash the pads in the clothes washer, though.

What does the mfr recommend? Most of the recommendations I see are to use a bucket of water, shampoo or mild dish detergent, wet, add shampoo, work it into the straps, rinse thoroughly, air dry.
WizardOfBoz is offline  
Old 06-20-17, 07:44 AM
  #42  
Just Mark
Junior Member
 
Just Mark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 99

Bikes: 2017 Specialized Roubaix Comp, 2019 Cannondale Synopse 105 SE, 2015 Cannondale Quick 5, 2019 Specialized Fatboy

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 26 Posts
I laughed so hard when I read the title that it took several minutes to be able to focus enough to open the link and read the thread.
Just Mark is offline  
Old 06-20-17, 08:02 AM
  #43  
drlogik 
Senior Member
 
drlogik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,616

Bikes: '87-ish Pinarello Montello; '89 Nishiki Ariel; '85 Raleigh Wyoming, '16 Wabi Special, '16 Wabi Classic, '14 Kona Cinder Cone

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 626 Post(s)
Liked 326 Times in 197 Posts
+1 The dishwasher soap is pretty aggressive soap and the heat from a dishwasher could wreck the adhesive on the pads. I wouldn't wash it in the dishwasher.

Like others have stated I, too, squirt some Dawn into the kitchen sink then fill the kitchen sink with luke-warm water. I put the helmet in an let it soak for about 30 minutes. I also put my gloves in the sink to soak. I hand-rub/wash the straps and then rinse. The helmet comes out nice and clean and the straps aren't stiff any more from sweat.

I've gone so far as to use my pressure washer to clean the straps when I have it out to clean the driveway. Works pretty well, just don't hold the nozzle too close to the strap.


-

Last edited by drlogik; 06-20-17 at 08:06 AM.
drlogik is offline  
Old 06-20-17, 08:15 AM
  #44  
Wanderer
aka Phil Jungels
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Posts: 8,234

Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 202 Post(s)
Liked 83 Times in 57 Posts
Like others, I wash mine in the shower, usually after a ride while I am still warm. That way I use barely warm (room temperature) shower water to cool my body down. Just normal shampoo or body wash works for me. Rinse it really well in cold water, and let ti air dry. Sure doesn't take long to dry, and everything looks brand new.
Wanderer is offline  
Old 06-20-17, 09:01 AM
  #45  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,343 Times in 850 Posts
I've heard computer keyboards wash up in the dishwasher..
fietsbob is offline  
Old 06-09-20, 06:48 AM
  #46  
AMorrison
Junior Member
 
AMorrison's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Guys, who have tried to wash the equipment in the dishwasher? Any success? I am madly tired of having to wash my helmet from the dirt after riding in rainy weather. Once a week or twice a month, I used to put all my equipment in one basin with water and washing powder and brush all the parts until they shone. But I'm so tired that now I want to try washing them in the dishwasher from https://ianboer.com.au. So I am asking you if I can do it.

Last edited by AMorrison; 06-14-20 at 06:28 AM.
AMorrison is offline  
Old 06-09-20, 08:31 AM
  #47  
tntyz
Senior Member
 
tntyz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Nabob, WI
Posts: 1,275

Bikes: 2018 Domane SL7

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Liked 41 Times in 24 Posts
Originally Posted by Old Dutchman View Post
I take the straps out of my helmet and wash them, either by hand or in a "delicates" bag inside the washing machine. Same with the helmet pads, which are held in with velcro. I'm surprised that I seem to be the only one who does this.
I checked the three helmets we have around the house and none have removable straps.
tntyz is offline  
Old 06-09-20, 08:53 AM
  #48  
hillyman
WALSTIB
 
hillyman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,798
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 280 Post(s)
Liked 381 Times in 183 Posts
Only if you use Cascade. Don't want spots ruining your day .

Dead Thread
__________________
www.bikeleague.org

hillyman is offline  
Old 06-09-20, 10:39 AM
  #49  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,343 Times in 850 Posts
No You first..

Originally Posted by AMorrison View Post
guys, who have tried to wash the equipment in the dishwasher?
whats wrong with a bucket or the sink...

lazy?
fietsbob is offline  
Old 06-09-20, 10:47 AM
  #50  
livedarklions
High Performance Noodler
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 14,474

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7623 Post(s)
Liked 7,989 Times in 4,487 Posts
What's the best way to get sweat stains off a zombie thread?
livedarklions is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.