Today we are going to talk about washing our gear. During the first day of derby, your face scrunches and you think, “what is this awful smell???” You soon realize that with derby comes “Eau de Derby”. Some times however Eau de Derby becomes plain STANK. We’ve all been there. When you can’t wash your hands enough to get the smell off and your coworkers try sitting somewhere else, it may be time to wash that gear.
You may wonder how often you should wash your precious gear. We recommend every 2 months for you ladies who don’t have any skin irritations from your gear and more often for those of you with sensitive skin. I generally wash my gear whenever I can’t stand the smell anymore, which ends up being around 2 months.
Enjoy our short video how to wash your gear! The instructions and the recipe are below. As always these are only suggestions. This certainly isn’t the only way to wash your gear, feel free to adjust this recipe to meet your needs.
I normally do this right after practice so my gear can soak over night. Recipe to block the Stank:
- 4 cups of vinegar
- 4 cups of baking soda
- a large scoop of your favorite laundry detergent
- a bathtub
1. Get your gear and stick all Velcro to its counter part. Make sure every item is as “open” as you can get it. Fill your tub with the gear and hot water.
2. Now its time to give the gear the bubble bath it deserves. Add 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of baking soda and a large scoop of your laundry detergent of choice (sensitive if you are having troubles with rash). For a short moment the vinegar and baking soda will react just like one of those fancy bath bombs. Your gear deserves it!
3. Soak overnight, agitating it occasionally. I do this before and after I shower and again in the morning. No need to wake up in the middle of the night.
4. In the morning you can go and admire the gunk that came out of your gear. Next, drain all the water.
5. Time for the second soak. Refill your tub with hot water.
6. Add another 2 cups of vinegar and 2 cups of baking soda, bath bomb time!
7. Now you let it soak for a few hours, agitating it occasionally. If you are a busy person you can leave it all day, agitating it whenever you happen to be in the bathroom. At some point during the soak you can go the extra mile and rub the insides of the pads and wrist guards (they get gunky). Especially the wrist guards, ew!
8. When you are ready to wrap up this gear spa day, drain the water. Then wash each piece under running water to get any residue out. This step is especially important for those with sensitive skin.
9. Now it’s time to dry your gear. There are a few different options which we will get into in our next blog post but drying outside in the sun is my favorite way.
Stay tuned for more derby inspired DIYS and helpful hints brought to you by the Bout Betties team.