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Banish the Funk from Your Football Pads

It's a well-known, albeit rarely spoken, truth among football players: football pads can develop a serious funk. This odor can be so overpowering that your pads might end up banished to the trunk of your car, never allowed indoors. But worry not, the days of smelly gear and embarrassment are behind you. Here's how to keep your football pads fresh and germ-free, ensuring they don't become a breeding ground for bacteria that could sideline you.

Let Them Breathe

Germs thrive in dark, moist environments. Storing your gear in a closed duffel bag creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria like staph and E. coli. This not only leads to bad odors but also increases the risk of infections. Remember, a bad smell is often a sign of germ overload.

Post-game or practice, it's crucial to air out your gear. In dry climates like Las Vegas, simply placing your pads and helmet outside for a couple of hours (direct sunlight and heat aren't necessary) can do the trick. The aim is to dry out the sweat, depriving germs of the moisture they need to survive.

Natural Sanitizing Sprays

Once you've dried your gear, it's time to sanitize. While there are many chemical sanitizers available, they often fall short for several reasons: they're more expensive, less effective in penetrating fabrics, contribute to the development of superbugs like MRSA, and can be harmful to your health.

DIY Alternatives

Creating your own natural sanitizing spray is easy and effective. You'll need a spray bottle and one of the following mixtures:

  • Vinegar Solution: Mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water. The vinegar odor dissipates quickly.
  • Essential Oils: Add 1-2 drops per ounce of water for a pleasant scent.
  • Probiotics: Combine 0.5 ounces with 32 ounces of water. Probiotics remain active for days, continuing to protect your gear.

These natural alternatives not only combat germs but also help reduce odors more effectively than chemical sanitizers.

Professional Deep Cleaning

At least once a month during the season, consider getting your gear professionally deep cleaned. Opt for services that use natural cleaning methods to avoid any harmful side effects. In Las Vegas and the San Francisco Bay Area, Germz Be Gone offers steam and probiotic cleaning for sports gear, providing a thorough and safe cleaning process. They even offer the convenience of mobile service and team discounts.

A Routine for Healthier, Odor-Free Gear

Implement these techniques after every use of your pads:

  • Air Out: Always let your gear dry out after use.
  • Spray Down: Use your homemade spray for added protection.
  • Professional Cleaning: Get a deep clean monthly during the season with Germz Be Gone.

Imagine a locker room where everyone maintains their gear in this manner. The air would be fresher, the risk of infection lower, and the team healthier, especially during flu season. This could lead to a more successful and enjoyable season.

Charge forward to victory, with fresh, clean, and healthy gear!