Why Love Your Gear is the Top choice for Cleaning your Kids’ Sports Equipment

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Summer is the best time of year for many athletes. Finally, the baseball pitches can open and the soccer and football fields are clear of snow. Even winter athletes find new activities to enjoy in the offseason!

Of course, with the heat comes summer sweat, and no athlete is immune, including your kids. After a summer spent sweating under the hot sun, there’s no doubt that their equipment is starting to show signs of excess odour, despite your best efforts to keep things fresh. While you may have been diligent in airing out their gear after every practice, washing equipment at home, and even keeping deodorizing products in their sports bags, eventually the sweat is going to catch up to you, and your kids’ gear will need a professional cleaning.

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You might be wondering why you should take the time and spend your money on professional gear cleaning. At Love Your Gear, we have the largest sports equipment cleaning facility in Toronto and can handle any type of specialized equipment.

We are experts in the field of bacteria removal and cleaning when it comes to footwear, sports bags, protective pads, uniforms and more. But beyond our facilities and expertise, there are some really important reasons why we’re the top choice for getting your kids’ sports equipment cleaned. Take a look to see why: 

1. We Can Help Eliminate Those Nasty Smells From Your Home, Garage and Car

We’re big proponents of airing out your kids’ equipment, including their bag, after every practice and game. But with busy lives, it can become difficult to stay diligent with this task, especially if you’re carting different kids to various sports and activities throughout the week.

Young baseball player

Unfortunately, the more time sports equipment spends in a stuffy bag, garage or car trunk, the more likely it is to build up various types of bacteria, which ultimately leads to odours. We all try our best to keep things clean, but over time the sweat eventually starts to win. Dead skin cells that come off as your kids are wearing their equipment contribute to bacterial growth and the ensuing smells, and while home remedies (such as hand washing and deodorizing products) may provide temporary relief, the thing that will ultimately get rid of those odours is a professional cleaning that can really dig deep into padding, shoes and other items to eliminate bacteria.

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2. We Can Help Keep Your Kids From Getting Sick

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Socializing is a big part of growing up, and between school, home and their other activities, kids spend a lot of time in communal environments. While it’s likely that they’ll pick up a common cold or flu at some point in their childhood, it’s important to remember that places like locker rooms and sports facilities can be breeding grounds for the viruses that cause these illnesses. Just as you and your children’s school have kids wash their hands on a regular basis and promote proper hygiene, it’s important that this message continues into their sporting lives as well.

It’s an unfortunate fact that sports equipment can be an effective conductor of viruses, which are especially easy to pick up when your kids are using the same spaces that other, potentially sick, kids and parents are using to spread out their gear and get dressed for a game.

We always recommend having hand sanitizer with you and cleansing cloths for your kids’ post-game sweat. You should also make showering at home a priority if possible, as damp communal environments like locker room showers can be places for viruses to spread as well. And at the end of the season, to make sure you’re not storing anything other than the sports equipment itself, a professional cleaning will help to keep their gear in top shape, and help keep your family from getting sick.

3. We Can Help You Save Money in the Long Run

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A few of the most difficult things to eliminate from sports equipment using at-home remedies are three major enemies of cleanliness – fungi, mold spores and yeast.

Since sports equipment absorbs sweat, it can’t help but become a damp environment over time, which is the ideal condition for the growth of mold and fungus. Not only do these organisms create their own smells, but over time they contribute to the breakdown and weakening of your kids’ sports gear.

Many sports, especially hockey and football, require a lot of expensive equipment to get kids through a season. If possible, parents are always looking for ways to save money on this gear, especially if they have another, younger child who will likely be playing the same sports as their siblings as they get older. Getting your kids’ gear professionally cleaned at the end of the season will extend the life of this equipment, and help to make your investment less fleeting. Contact us today to ensure your children’s gear lasts a lot longer.

Here’s What’s Living In Your Dirty Sports Equipment

Ice Hockey Equipment Isolated on White Background

As an athlete, you already demonstrate the drive and determination needed to dedicate yourself to a sport. But while you may be motivated in most aspects of your life, you might find yourself a little reticent when it comes to properly maintaining your gear and equipment.

So what’s the big deal? Sports equipment is bound to smell, right? Especially with all of the sweat you put into improving your performance.

Well, the team at Love Your Gear is here to tell you that the odour emanating from your bag and smelly sports gear is actually indicative of some nasty things that have taken up residence in your equipment. In fact, sweat and skin cells actually provide nutrients to bacteria and help it thrive – and while the negative impacts of that process aren’t felt immediately, over time this can cause problems. In case you needed it, here’s some motivation to get your sports gear cleaned as soon as possible, so that the only thing living in it, is you.

Ice Hockey Equipment Isolated on White Background


While not all bacteria is bad news (humans need many types of friendly bacteria to maintain a healthy gut and immune system), the kind that takes up residence in your sports gear is not the type of bacteria that you should welcome into your home.

Bacteria can accumulate and be attracted to the dead skin cells shed in your sports equipment, but if you’re playing a team sport, remember that bacteria from your teammates’ gear can also make its way into your gym bag, especially when your gear is in close proximity in the locker room. A bad smell is a sign that bacteria have already taken up residence, and it’s time for a proper cleaning.

If you’re a hockey player, bacteria should be a particularly big concern of yours – tests have shown that hockey equipment has 100 times the amount of bacteria in it than the gear used in other sports. Time to get those gloves and pads taken care of!

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In addition to bacteria, studies have shown that many viruses, including those of the common cold and flu variety, can hang out in dirty gym equipment. Similar to bacteria, viruses thrive in community environments and are passed from person to person. So, the more time you spend with other people, including your teammates, the more likely you are to pick up a virus during cold and flu season. While you may not have come directly into contact with a sick person, they may have a sick family member or roommate at home, and the virus can spread from their gym bag to yours. It’s important to air out your equipment after every practice in order to cut down on the likelihood of contracting something that will make you sick, but it’s also equally important to get your gear professionally cleaned so that viruses don’t get the chance to thrive within your equipment.

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Fungus and Mold Spores

Yes, you read that correctly. The same mold you might find in the cupboard under your kitchen sink, due perhaps to some leaky plumbing, is the same kind of mold that can take up residence in the damp environment inside of your sports equipment. In fact, mold can develop in a damp environment within just 24 hours, which again emphasizes the need to air out your gear after every game and practice. When it comes to damp environments, also take note of the fact that your skiing and snowboard gear, or any other winter sports equipment, is in constant contact with snow. While most of it is designed to be waterproof, moisture can still make its way inside, and make your gear just as susceptible to dampness from the outside as it is from your sweat on the inside.

Not only is mold toxic to humans (in relatively large quantities), it also has corrosive qualities. Over time, if left untreated, mold may render your equipment less effective by eating away at the fabric and other materials, such as foam padding, contained inside. In order to keep your expensive equipment in use for longer, and extend its life as much as possible, proper cleaning will ensure that wear and tear only comes from playing hard, and not from fungi or spores making a home in your gear.

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Technically a fungus, yeast is a particularly smelly culprit when it comes to the odour you’re getting a whiff of when handling your sports equipment. Yeast and other fungi are also something that active people need to be particularly wary of, as it can cause skin rashes or infections, and be generally irritating to your body if not cleaned out of your equipment.

As reported by the New York Times, studies have shown that skin infections among athletes are very common, and can spread very easily in community environments – particularly change rooms or on common-use equipment, including exercise mats. It’s recommended that you never share a towel or use yours again after leaving it to air out in a locker room. You should also bring your own soap, change immediately into fresh clothes after a workout, and only ever use your own water bottle or razor, among other hygiene items, at the gym. All of these items are ripe environments for bacteria and fungi to spread, so be wary of sharing these things with anyone else – especially at the gym.

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Have We Convinced You It’s Time to Clean Your Gear?

We’re happy to hear it! Love Your Gear uses amazing Ozone cleaning technology that kills and eliminates all of the nasty things noted above, and more! We clean everything from hockey, football and snow sports equipment, to fishing gear, boxing gloves and more. If you have an odour that won’t leave your gear, reach out to our team to learn more about our services.

Summer Sweat is Here: How to Keep Your Gear Fresh

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The shortest and most blissful Canadian season has arrived, and with it comes your favourite summer sports. In many parts of Canada the summer also brings heat and humidity, ensuring that no matter what sport you play, you’ll be sweating up a storm in your gear. It’s important to make sure that your gear stays fresh all season long, especially in the heat. As the season goes on, if you don’t take steps to ensure that the moisture has a way to escape your gear, bacteria build-up will cause your items to smell, and can shorten the life of the equipment that you’ve spent your hard-earned money on.

Below, see our tips for making sure that smells and bacteria don’t follow you on to the playing field.

Boy Kicking Ball

Air It Out

It sounds simple, but saying you’ll air out your bag and actually taking the time to do it are two different things – especially when you’re tired after your latest game or training session. Just like brushing your teeth, you should develop the routine of always taking each of the items out of your gym bag after every sweat session and letting them air dry. It’s important to keep them out of the enclosed, damp space that is your gym bag when they’re wet, as this is the favoured environment of bacteria to grow. If you keep your sweaty items packed away in your bag, it’s inevitable that they will start to stink. Remember that odor isn’t just an unpleasant smell – it’s also a sign of bacteria.

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Use a Moisture-Absorbing Product in Your Bag

There are all kinds of options on the market for odor and moisture-absorbing packets and pouches for your gym bag. The beauty of these products is that you can simply toss them in and leave them there – although you should make note of how often the manufacturer says to replace them. There are also pouches available that you can use to put sweaty gear in after you’re done using it, and before you put it back in your gym bag, that helps to cut down on odor.

For a budget-friendly option, make sure you save those little silica packets that come with lots of different kinds of products when you purchase from a store or online. These packets are often sitting in shoe boxes, handbags and other items while they’re on display in a store or being shipped to your home, in order to ensure that moisture doesn’t damage the product. Your gym bag is the perfect place to keep these little guys, as they’ll help to absorb the moisture from your sweaty gear and keep it fresher for longer.

The list doesn’t stop there for moisture-absorbing products – online forums swear by a whole host of options for what to keep in your bag to soak up sweat and cut down on smells. Salt, baking soda, tea bags and even cat litter have been cited as doing wonders for odor and moisture absorption in gym bags. In all cases, you’ll want to keep these materials in a pouch or container and remove them before heading to the gym – no one needs kitty litter in their shoes when training is about to start. A few drops of an essential oil in a fresh scent (such as peppermint or lavender) in your shoes or at the bottom of your bag has also been cited as a way to keep odors at bay.

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Keep Your Gear Out in the Open

If your home has the space for it, we also recommend finding a relatively airy spot to keep your gym bag once all of your items have air dried and it’s time for storage. If possible, try to keep your gym bag on an open-air shelf in your garage or mudroom, or even tucked away close to the door of your apartment. While it may seem like all of your gear is dry, there could be moisture hiding out in your items in between training sessions, and the last thing you want to do is stuff your bag away in a dark, damp environment that breeds bacteria.

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Use Dryer Sheets in Your Shoes

This is an internet hack that’s been widely shared by athletes and trainers online, and seems to do the trick. Shoes are one of the top sources for odor in your gym bag, as you can’t help but have sweaty feet during and after a workout. Your feet are also enclosed in those shoes, and as much as producers have tried to create air vents and air flow in your modern trainers, all sports (including those with fancy ventilated shoes) create foot sweat, and it’s inevitable that odor will develop over time. To prolong freshness, it’s been recommended that you put a dryer sheet in each of your shoes after a game or workout. You’ll still need to air dry them, but the sheets will help give your gear a fresher smell.

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Get Your Gear Professionally Cleaned

You’ve done everything above – air dried all your gear after every game, kept it in an open spot with good airflow, and even added products to your bag to keep moisture and smells at bay. In the end though, sweat is always going to win in the battle of keeping your gear fresh. This is why Love Your Gear recommends getting your items professionally cleaned at the beginning and end of every season. We handle every kind of sports equipment imaginable – from bags and shoes, to gloves and padding – and can give your gear the specialized cleaning it needs. Most importantly, our cleaning process eliminates bacteria, which eliminates odors from your gear.

Keep your training sessions and game days fresh by getting in touch with us.

Top Five Sports That Require Frequent Equipment Cleanings

Ice hockey player on the ice, outdoors

All athletes know that their activity level is tough on their gear. But there are a few sports in particular that require athletes to wear a lot of equipment that goes through intensive use – and absorbs a lot of sweat – over the course of a season.

While you might be diligent about airing out your equipment after each use, it’s important to remember that air drying isn’t the same thing as cleaning. Damp materials are breeding grounds for bacteria, mold, viruses, and fungi, and over time your gear will eventually need more than an at-home remedy for odour. In order to really take care of your things, and ensure they’re clean enough to keep you from getting sick, you should take your gear in for a professional cleaning service after every season, regardless of whether or not it has a prominent smell. Getting frequent cleanings also helps you save money in the long run, as the elimination of odour will encourage you to keep your equipment for longer and replace it less often.

Below, we’ve noted five sports that are especially intense in terms of sweat and odour-causing activity. We highly recommend bringing your equipment into Love Your Gear if you take part in any of the below activities. Note, though, that we also offer professional cleaning services for all kinds of equipment – check out our expansive list here.

Keeping your gear clean will ensure that you’re performing at your best. Read on to see why.


Ice hockey player on the ice, outdoors

Hockey bag smell” is something that all players of the sport are familiar with. It’s no secret that hockey players really work up a sweat on the ice, as speed is a fundamental part of training, and of the game itself. The odour of hockey can be overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be this way. While we always recommend airing out your hockey bag after every game and practice, and separating all pieces of your equipment to dry, every player should plan to get their gear thoroughly and properly cleaned after every season. We’re not just talking your pants and gloves either – your shoulder, elbow, jock/jill and shin pads soak up just as much sweat, as do your skates, helmet, neck guard and hockey bag. As of one the more expensive sports in terms of equipment, it’s important to properly sanitize your hockey gear to cut down on the frequency of replacing it due to odour.


American football.

Like hockey, football players spend a lot of time suited up in heavy pads and equipment while working up a sweat. There’s no avoiding the intensity or wear that you put your gear through either, as the sport requires you to be constantly protected from heavy physical contact. Similar to hockey, football players should air out their equipment after every game and practice, and avoid keeping anything in a bag until it’s had a chance to dry. At the end of the season though, it’s likely that air drying hasn’t effectively eliminated all odours, and with any garment you wear that doesn’t get disinfected, bacteria can start to set in and smell. Helmets, shoulder pads, pants, gloves and shoes should all get the proper sanitization treatment in order to eliminate that locker room smell that athletes know so well.


Backcountry Skier and Snowboarders on Mountain Summit

All that time you spend on the mountain really adds up! And just like any other sport, your footwear is an essential part of your performance. It’s especially important to get your pricey ski and snowboard boots properly cleaned and sanitized, as your feet are bound into the boots by mechanical straps. They keep you warm and securely fastened on the hill, but airflow is completely eliminated, creating a perfect breeding ground for odour-causing bacteria and fungi. There are lots of suggestions online for keeping your boots smelling better (most involve letting them dry out instead of keeping them in a bag), but once an odour sets in, most at-home cleaning options are super high-maintenance, time-consuming and potentially ineffective (we don’t recommend putting coffee grounds or charcoal in your ski or snowboard boots.) Getting them professionally cleaned will help keep you feeling (and smelling) fresh on the slopes.

Boxing/Martial Arts

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Boxers have long been debated as one of the fittest types of athletes, and for good reason. The cardiovascular and physical strength you build as a boxer is almost unparalleled by other sports. Boxing has a few cousins in the sporting world that require a similarly high level of fitness, including Muay Thai (sometimes referred to as Thai boxing) and Kickboxing. All three use equipment in both competition and training that requires frequent cleaning in order to cut down on odour – sparring pads and gloves chief among them. Think about the number of hours your hands spend sweating inside those sealed gloves with no air flow – it’s no wonder that odours can develop!


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It’s arguably the most docile sport on the list, but fishing is no exception when it comes to the requirement for proper gear cleaning. While you may not spend as much time actively sweating as the sports noted above, it’s necessary to make sure that you get anything cleaned that comes into contact with a body of water or an animal. Depending on the conditions of where you’re fishing, including saltwater, freshwater or marshy environments, nature can leave behind its own particular odours on your nets, lures, knives, ropes and tackle boxes. Fishing waders and chest waders also spend a lot of time in the water, and as equipment that you wear, odours are possible on both the interior and exterior of these items.

Get In Touch

Love Your Gear handles all kinds of unique cleaning requests, including specialized fishing equipment.

If you’re unsure of whether Love Your Gear can clean a piece of specialized equipment, you can send us an email with an image of what you’re looking to have cleaned ahead of dropping it off. More often than not, it’s likely that we’ll be able to help you out as we get all kinds of unique requests, so send us a note!


How To Maintain Your Gear During the Off-Season

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top view of various sport balls, baseball bat and glove, badminton racket on green lawn

Spending all season putting your heart and soul into the sport that you’re passionate about isn’t exactly an easy task, but it certainly can be rewarding. With lots to concentrate on, such as strategies and practice, it can get difficult to schedule a time to regularly and thoroughly clean your gear.

As Wayne Gretzky once said, “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” We completely agree with Gretzky, which is why we want to help all athletes avoid procrastinating on storing away their gear after a season of hustle.

If your duffle bag contains a smell that your friends and family members often comment on, you’re not the only one. Recently, we put together a guide on how to maintain your sports gear. While the tips were adjusted to those that regularly take part in a sport, we’ve decided to compile a list of our best tips on how you can maintain your gear during the off-season.

Keep Your Gear Separate From Other Equipment

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 When you don’t need something for a long period of time, it can be tempting to toss it into a bin or store it away with lots of other items. One of the crucial parts of maintaining your gear during the off-season is to give it space. Avoid mixing up your gear with other equipment or household products. Here are a few ways you can effectively store your gear:

  • Wall Storage: Find a spot in your home that has an empty wall or a significant amount of free space. Whether it’s in a basement, garage, or spare bedroom, any wall will do the trick. Visit your local hardware store to pick up one of the following: floating shelves, metal baskets, assorted hooks, wall studs, ball claws, wood planks. Feel free to choose which works best with your home. Having a wall dedicated to your gear will help keep it organized and undamaged.
  • Closet Storage: Though it’s easiest to toss your gear into any closet, it’s not exactly the most responsible thing to do. Utilize any bins or cardboard boxes you have and give your gear its own spot in the closet. Rather than having expensive equipment tossed amongst jackets and shoes, you can keep it stored safely in bins.
  • Sports Room Storage: If you’re lucky enough to have a room in your home dedicated to your sports gear, take full advantage of it! Install a combination of wall and closet units to maximize your space and keep your gear organized.

Air Out Your Gear

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Storing away your gear for months at a time can cause a build-up of smell and odor. To ensure this doesn’t happen, air out your gear every so often. Even after storing it effectively in your home, it’s still possible for smells and odors to transfer onto your gear, especially if it’s hanging on a wall. If you do start to notice a smell, don’t toss your gear into the laundry basket. Wash each item individually or take your gear outside and leave it there overnight. After airing it out, put it back into storage or rewash if necessary.

Continue To Clean Your Gear

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As rewarding as it is to share the experience of winning a game with your teammates, playing a sport comes along with unpleasant body smells that quickly transfer onto your gear. If you regularly play a sport, you may wonder why the sports odor spreads so quickly and why it’s difficult to shake.

A common misconception about storing away your gear is that it will make the odor vanish. It’s completely untrue that putting away your equipment for off-season means that you no longer have to clean any of it. The longer your equipment sits around, the more dust and dirt it can collect over time. We recommend doing a bi-weekly or monthly cleaning to avoid having to rely on Febreze as a solution.

Need Professional Gear Cleaning Help?

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Maintaining sports gear is no easy task. If you’re tired of dealing with the odor and smell that won’t disappear from your duffle bag, don’t stress! We’re more than happy to work our gear cleaning magic.

 With over 30 years of experience, we know what it takes to remove bacteria and stench by sanitizing, cleaning, and maintaining gear the right way. At Love Your Gear, we take pride in saying that our specialized cleaning process completely eliminates any viruses, potential bacteria, mold spores, fungus, and more. We are dedicated to ensuring that any of your sports gear is odor-free with a money-back guarantee.

To learn more about our sports cleaning services and prices, feel free to contact us today to get a free quote for gear cleaning.


The Science Of Odor And How To Get Rid Of It

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If you’re an athlete that regularly goes in and out of locker rooms, you know exactly what odor we’re talking about. Playing a sport for years might’ve pushed you into shrugging away the sweaty smell that your friends and family complain about, but doing so will only make the problem grow!

As frustrating as it can be to deal with cleaning out your gear, it’s worth the time investment. Our goal is to ensure that you don’t have to plug your nose every time you zip open your duffle bag.

Allow us to share our findings on the science behind gear odor and a few helpful steps you can take to avoid uncomfortable smells.

The Science Behind Sports-Related Odor

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Though it’s no secret that playing sports encourages many unpleasant bodily smells, you might be wondering how that odor permeates your gear and why it’s so difficult to shake. To explain how it works, let’s use hockey as an example. Some hockey locker rooms have fans or high heating to assist in drying the equipment. This is a huge mistake because:

  • Bacteria, mildew, and mold, stem from wet and warm environments
  • Sweat is made of proteins that thrive in this environment which causes the unpleasant odor
  • Heated areas make it easier for bacteria to spread throughout the entire room
  • Warm environments also cause the body to sweat more than usual
  • Heat-drying your gear will make the odor stick for an extended period of time

As tempting as it may be to spray Febreze as a solution to gear odor, it will only make the problem long-lasting as the effects wear off rather quickly. 

How You Can Reduce Bacteria And Odor

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You’ve likely heard comments about the stench in your bag multiple times before. Breaking a sweat on the field or the ice isn’t something to fret about. Here are some ways you can reduce the chances of spreading bacteria around your gear:

  • Air Out Your Gym Bag:

    Athletes are always on the go. It’s easy to toss your stuff into a bag and have it travel from car rides to practices and back home again without realizing how much stench is inside. After every use, air out your gym bag to avoid leaving your sweaty clothes bunched together. The last thing you want to do is trap all the built-up odor in your gym bag. Once you return home, remove your gear and let your bag air-dry in a cold space. We recommend keeping it overnight in a basement or garage.

    Healthy young woman preparing for morning workout.

  • Daily/Weekly Clean:

    If you use your gear more than 3 times a week, we recommend doing daily cleans of all your equipment. Before putting your clothing items into your laundry machine, turn them inside out so that all the sweat, oil, and bacteria that has accumulated inside gets targeted. Try not to use more detergent than normal. While that may seem like it will clean your items more, it actually makes them harder to rinse.

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  • Have More Than One Uniform:

    We know how heartbreaking it is to let go of your lucky jersey, but it’s necessary if you want to reduce odor. Instead of relying on one uniform, get a backup. Alternating between uniforms will give you more time to properly clean out each set.

  • Toss Off Your Gear During Breaks:

    This tip might not be doable for every sport, but it does work for some. During breaks between games, toss off your jersey and let it sit out beside you. Your body continuously builds more sweat, even when you step off for a few moments. Letting your gear get some air between plays will reduce a bit of the odor.

Don’t Want To Clean Out Your Gear Alone?

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If you think you’ve passed the point of no return with the odor in your bag, let us work our magic for you! Save yourself the hassle and time commitment by letting us do what we do best. With over 30 years of experience, we know what it takes to remove bacteria and stench by sanitizing, cleaning, and maintaining gear the right way.

At Love Your Gear, we use a specialized cleaning process that completely eliminates any potential bacteria, viruses, mold spores, fungus, and more.

We are dedicated to ensuring that all of your sports gear is odor-free with a money-back guarantee. To learn more about our sports cleaning services and prices, feel free to contact us today to get a free quote for gear cleaning.




How To Ensure Your Gear Lasts Long

Flat lay of sports equipment with smart phone on wood

Flat lay of sports equipment with smart phone on wood

Though it might be tempting to toss your sports bag aside after coming home from a practice or game, you could be causing your gear some serious damage. If you’re an athlete, then you’re well aware of the time-investment that’s involved when it comes to committing to a sports team. This makes it understandable that you may not always spend as much time taking care of your gear as you probably should.

Not only is it a large time investment, but it’s also a money investment. Sports equipment doesn’t come cheap, which is why we encourage you to take care of it as best as you can!

We’ve put together a list of tips you can follow to ensure that your sports gear stays in good condition:

Remove The Odor

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You’ve probably heard your parents or housemates complain about the stench coming from your bag after you come home from breaking a sweat on the field. It’s natural to feel uncomfortable when someone brings up the smell. Unfortunately, the more you avoid your bag, the worse it will get. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Do a weekly clean: At the end of each week, toss your jersey into the laundry machine and leave your bag outside or in your basement to air out. Your equipment deserves to be cleaned after spending long hours at play.
  • Get into consistent habits: After each game, don’t close your bag airtight. Keeping your dirty clothes and equipment in a closed bag will trap all the odor inside, making it harder to get out down the road. The worse your equipment smells, the more inclined you’ll be to toss it out and buy more.

Maintain Your Equipment

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Whether you play hockey, soccer, basketball, tennis or any other sport, it’s crucial to maintain the piece of equipment you rely on the most. For example, if you’re a hockey player, regularly get your skates sharpened and cleaned. The mindset of, “they’re just going to get dirty again,” will quickly deteriorate the quality of your equipment.

If you’re a soccer or basketball player, you might be thinking that you don’t necessarily rely on “equipment.” However, you probably think of your shoes as your holy grail. Rather than just tossing them in and out of bags without wiping them down, start to do a gentle clean after each use. While it may seem excessive, it will help prevent any signs of wear.

Switch Chemical Cleaning Products For Natural Ones

While commercial chemical products are always a “go-to” when it comes doing laundry, try out some natural options. Instead of tossing your gear into anything you can find, be cautious of what products you’re using on it. Check with the manufacturer of your gear to see what cleaning supplies they recommend for the best care.

A great alternative to regular cleaning supplies suggested by mass corporations is eco-friendly products. Chemicals eventually tear away at the quality of your items. Rather than tossing your jersey into a mixture of laundry detergents, switch to white vinegar. Using natural products will prevent any chemical coatings on your sportswear.

Let Your Equipment Breathe

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After being worn over and over, it’s only natural that your equipment will need time and space to breathe. Everything from hockey helmets to tennis racquets require regular maintenance.

Regularly wiping down your gear and letting it air out will help clear out any excess germs or sweat. Setting aside time to clean will help keep your equipment looking as new as the day you bought it.

We’ll Take Care Of Your Gear

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Dreading opening up your equipment bag? Don’t sweat it! At Love Your Gear, we have over 30 years of experience in thoroughly sanitizing and cleaning gear so that you don’t have to. Our unparalleled cleaning process completely eliminates potential bacteria, viruses, mold spores, fungus, and more.

We are dedicated to ensuring that all of your sports gear is odor-free with a money-back guarantee.

To learn more about our sports cleaning services and prices, feel free to contact us today to get a free quote.