Stinky Helmet Straps

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  • 02-01-2010
    Dopaminer_09
    Stinky Helmet Straps
    I noticed today that the straps on my helmet have a mildewy sweat stink to them. The helmet is barely 2 months old. Perhaps with all this wet weather the straps didn't dry out and stayed wet for a long time.

    I have had a hell of a time getting the stink out of the strap to my heart rate monitor in the past, and eventually replaced it (it was 9 years old). Any tips on how to get the funk out of my helmet straps?
  • 02-01-2010
    Dion
    Wash them?
  • 02-01-2010
    AK47
    Take it in the shower with you and give it a good scrub down.
  • 02-01-2010
    Dopaminer_09
    These are excellent suggestions, elegant and simple! I was thinking it would take more, like a pressure washer, sandblaster, or some heavy duty non-toxic cleaning agent. These straps don't come out so I won't be able to wash them well, unless I take the helmet in the shower, or better yet the bathtub. Actually, wearing it during swim practice in the chlorinated water might work!
  • 02-01-2010
    Ryan G.
    Summer's Eve. Put it in the dish washer. Or a new helmet.
  • 02-01-2010
    jdubsl2
    I bet the foam pads in the helmet smell worse than the straps. Try Penguin Sport Wash... seems to be relatively inexpensive and has solid reviews from other REI members.



    https://www.rei.com/product/765651
  • 02-01-2010
    ssulljm
    I place the stanky helmet(straps) in a 5 gallon bucket +fill with water + 4tsp's of bleach. Let soak for a 2 days, remove helmet+place in warm dry place(top of water heater) and next day it's dry+ready to go.
    This seems to last 3-6 months before the need to wash again.
  • 02-01-2010
    d-bug
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by baycat
    Summer's Eve.

    After you mentioned how effective this was for your helmet I started doing it. Now I always feel fresh up there. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.:thumbsup:
  • 02-02-2010
    MtnBikerDan
    Dunk it in a swimming pool....It'll kill the nasties.
  • 02-02-2010
    Dopaminer_09
    Thanks for all suggestions. I think that at least one of these methods should work for the smell. I am wondering whether bleach/chlorine/high heat could affect the integrity of the helmet though.
  • 02-02-2010
    GrayBeard Pirate
    Ride Harder..Crash more often...replace helmet!
  • 02-02-2010
    fc
    This is a good topic as I'm sure not everyone washes their helmet straps or pads regularly. If you get an itch or acne in the spots where the straps are, that's a good sign there's bacteria and they need to be washed.

    fc
  • 02-02-2010
    astrahsburg
    Very very good point. I throw the pads from the inside of the helmet in the wash with my cycling clothes. The straps are hard to keep clean though, and the bacteria build up Francious mentioned is big. I bought a new helmet with the new bike just before Christmas, and the helmet itself which is barely over month old is already starting to emit some of those smells with the pads not in the helmet. I'm going to try a few Tlbs of bleach in a bucket and soak it for 10 minutes to see if that deals with the problem. I am curious if it might damage the integrity or colour(black) of the helmet.
  • 02-02-2010
    SinglePivot
    Here's what I do.

    -Wet the straps down
    -Apply a liberal coating of baking soda
    -Allow the baking soda to soak up the water (24hrs or longer if its winter)
    -Brush off the crusty baking soda
    -Rinse the rest of the baking soda off with water

    No more odor! Now I just need to find a solution for jerseys....

    -Sp

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dopaminer_09
    I noticed today that the straps on my helmet have a mildewy sweat stink to them. The helmet is barely 2 months old. Perhaps with all this wet weather the straps didn't dry out and stayed wet for a long time.

    I have had a hell of a time getting the stink out of the strap to my heart rate monitor in the past, and eventually replaced it (it was 9 years old). Any tips on how to get the funk out of my helmet straps?

  • 02-02-2010
    RJG
    I usually hose off my helmet after riding and set it out in the sun to dry or strap it ot the cloths line.
    Has anyone tried putting the helmet in the freezer.
    I wouldn't use bleach, it is too caustic. Maybe rubbing alcohol would work too.
    R
  • 02-02-2010
    Bent Wheel
    I dunk my helmet in the bath tub and use shampoo, lather, rinse, repeat.
  • 02-02-2010
    Chim Chim
    Keep it Simple ....Green
    I keep a spray bottle of Simple Green solution handy. I typically hose down my bike after every ride, only takes a couple minutes, and I spray a few squirts of the simple green in my helmet and on my straps and give that a little shower as well.

    A little at a time save you from having to do a lot all at once.