The stench from those zippered bags can force vicious animals into submission.
Opening one isn’t exactly a pleasant experience and it turns out others avoid the task, too.
Roughly 36 per cent of Canadians surveyed admit to never washing their hockey gear, while 23 per cent said they wash their equipment less than once a year.
An honest 18 per cent reported washing their gear once a year, and 23 per cent confirmed washing their equipment more than once a year.
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A new survey by Leger – with Purex – also finds seven per cent of Canadians don’t mind the odour.
Another 25 per cent admitted they didn’t know they could wash their hockey gear and 15 per cent said they thought it would be too difficult.
Nine per cent didn’t realize they could use laundry detergent at home to wash their equipment.
How often do you wash that smelly hockey equipment?
TIPS FOR CLEANING HOCKEY EQUIPMENT:
- Check hockey equipment labels for instructions first.
- Remove any pieces of removable plastic and attach any Velcro straps to their partner before washing.
- Don’t over-fill your machine — divide gear into two or three loads.
- Use a front-loading machine if possible, but if you have a top-loader, soak the gear for 15 minutes before washing to keep it from floating.
- Don’t use bleach.
- Place the washed equipment on a rack to air-dry, including gloves (to avoid cracking in the leather).