How often should I clean my gear?
Many have asked whether their gear is "dirty" (contaminated with bacteria) again after they sweat into it. Also, how dirty is it and how risky is it to wear again? Each time we sweat into our clothing or protective sports gear we introduce moisture and bacteria. Perspiration is how the body cools itself and also one of the ways the body expels toxins.
How much bacteria is generated after each use?
Significant bacteria is introduced to our clothing or sports gear each time we sweat. However, what we do with the gear after we sweat into it can be an even greater contributor to bacteria buildup.
What storage conditions contribute to rapid bacteria cultivation?
Bacteria thrives in warm, wet and dark conditions like hockey bags and locker rooms. Washing the pads with a "pressure washer" would only add more moisture to the gear and toxic black mold may result.
How can you reduce the risks of skin infections and/or MRSA?
1. CLEAN REGULARLY: NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association) official direction is to clean athletic clothing after each use and clean protective sports gear REGULARLY. 2. AIR OUT your gear in a cool, dry and well ventilated location after each use. Get it out of the equipment bag! That is probably the worst place for your gear.
If you clean your underwear, socks and t-shirt after every use, how long should you wait to clean your gear?
To be safe, we recommend sanitizing your gear every 6 weeks or 15-20 uses.
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