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

Old 06-09-20, 10:58 AM
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Nothing makes a helmet more aero than a good sauna session with the supper dishes and a quick spot-free rinse with JET DRY!!! Glug, glug.
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Old 06-09-20, 06:41 PM
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I just hope to have a dishwasher someday...
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I'm going to beat the rush and be the first on my block the run my motorcycle helmets through the dishwasher.
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If itís the dirty straps that are bothering you try this. First take detailed pictures of how the straps are threaded through the helmet. Then remove the straps and wash them in a bucket with liquid dish soap. I mean like slosh them around and rinse in clean water. Let dry in the sun then replace into helmet.

As for using the dishwasher on non food related items, some classic computer collectors have reported good results with cleaning keyboards by placing them face down on the upper rack and running a light cycle. Leave the keyboard in a sunny place until totally dry. This will destroy keyboards that contain mylar sheets, like LK2xx types, but will do wonders on those with individual switches for each key. Good luck.
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You take it off long enough to dry out?
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Ride during a downpour like I did this morning. Problem solved lol.
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Originally Posted by CroMo Mike
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.
As a poor college student one who has deep cleaned a 1969 VW Beetle magnesium engine case in a mid-1970s dishwasher, I can tell you it works well. Just make sure you run 2 cycles with it empty to remove and possible residue. It looked perfectly clean after the case was done, but I was not taking a chance.

I would never do it now with the complexity of modern appliances and environmental issues of the waste water.

Heat curing in the oven, that I will still do as it does not need real high heat.
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Originally Posted by Bill in VA
As a poor college student one who has deep cleaned a 1969 VW Beetle magnesium engine case in a mid-1970s dishwasher, I can tell you it works well. Just make sure you run 2 cycles with it empty to remove and possible residue. It looked perfectly clean after the case was done, but I was not taking a chance.

I would never do it now with the complexity of modern appliances and environmental issues of the waste water.

Heat curing in the oven, that I will still do as it does not need real high heat.
Good idea. Next experiment will be cycling gloves in the toaster.
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Not the toaster, please. Decent gloves are leather and other materials and need care. This link might help.

https://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Leather-Gloves

and BTW I took Laurie Wickman the heiress of that glove company to the Senior Ball in 1974. Only saw her once again an the other side of the tracks. Going the other way. Sigh.
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If in Florida, just leave it outside hanging from a tree branch for 24 hours, then dry next to your air conditioner intake. It'll be ready to go and smell like an torrential downpour.
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I strap on helmet and ride thru carwash no wax though bike, helmet and myself come out clean!
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