Helmet liner cleaning

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Mercury264, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    My dirt bike helmet liner is as skanky as skanky can be :D

    What's the best way to clean it - it is removable BTW :ear Can I just throw the pieces in the washing machine (in a pillow perhaps) and wash in a mild wash ?

    If not, is hand washing the only viable way to clean the liner and not damage it ?

    Cheers....
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  2. torags

    torags Long timer

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    I do my tennis hats in the dishwasher (alone), works good; doesn't get them overwet to worry about stinky algae.
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  3. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I did think about doing them in the dishwasher also in the top drawer. I might just try that.
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  4. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    I washed my Arai a couple weeks ago

    Took the liner out and used my shampoo (Dr Bronners Peppermint Hemp Soap)

    Then let it air dry

    Before I washed it, it was fitting very loosely, But after it fit just like new.
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  5. old brooklyn boy

    old brooklyn boy Talking Dog

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    I use a pet odor spray. It breaks down the bacteria that causes odor. Does not stain fabric. It does not cover the odor it gets rid of it. It is organic and does not leave a chemical residue. Keep a spray bottle in the garage and give it a spray when I put the helmet away. It works just as well on boot and shoe odor.
    Alfred
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  6. flanga

    flanga Delusions of Adequacy

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    I have a full face. I remoce the commo gear and wash the helmet in the dishwasher (alone--- no dishes in there :D ).

    Dishwasher detergent has a small amount of chlorine in it to disinfect the dishes. The chlorine also kills the bacteria that's causing the skanky smell in your helmet, while the hot water removes the oils and hair/skin debris.
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  7. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    What odor?

    Don't you wash your hair?

    As dirty and sweaty as my helmets ever get I've never had one get smelly

    Maybe you should not let your pet wear your helmet :wink:


    BTW,
    I usually wash mine with a little Tecnu if I've been out in the woods much, it removes the poison oak oils
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  8. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Well I decided to try the washing machine. I just threw the bits in a pillow case and threw it in with a cold wash. Came out smelling nice and fresh. That won't last long I'm sure :D
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  9. MojaveGS

    MojaveGS Loving it!

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    You wash the whole helmet? I would think the hot water would hurt the the foam core or at least damage the glue holding it all together????
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  10. anglerdon

    anglerdon Senior Coot

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    To keep your liner fresh lay a Perfume free fabric softener sheet (like your wife uses in the clothes dryer ) inside your helmet. Works for me.
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  11. Oro D

    Oro D Been here awhile

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    Febreeze or is it Fabreeze? Anyway, this stuff is good at getting rid of odors. Just give your helmet a shot or 2 of this stuff after a ride. The next time you ride you won't notice any odor and this stuff isn't too strong either.

    Grizzy.
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  12. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I tend to not scratch up my helmets too much, so they last a long time. Heck, they'll outlast the inner liners.

    When washing doesn't clean them enough, I just buy new liners and cheek pads. Not too much money.
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    8Superman Shut up and RIDE!!

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    +1
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  14. Jeffro115

    Jeffro115 Redemption.

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    I do.


    I put the whole thing in the dishwasher. Every time it comes out looking great and smelling freeeeeeeee-sh!



    Yeah, I was really skeptical about this when I first heard of it. I learned it from my old man, who is a RiderCoach, and learned it at the winter banquet the MSF holds. Turns out, half of the RCs there wash their own helmets this way, too.



    I did call HJC to see what they would say about it. They said that while it's not the recommended way to wash the helmet, hot water will not damage anything either. So if it works for me, then they guess it's ok.

    They said that the sun's rays are more damaging to my helmet than most anything I would ever do to it (with the exception of some harsh chamicals).



    So honestly, I say try it. Unless you have a $500 or more helmet that you are very particular about, go for it.




    Since I have found this, I wash my helmets once a month or so. It's so easy, and it's really, really nice to have a fresh helmet all the time. Kind of like that 'putting on a fresh, clean pair of underware' feeling after a weekend of camping.
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  15. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    I did it!
    I've been needing to wash my Shoei badly, after seeing this thread and being reminder how easy it is to clean it this way, enough stank is enough.
    It's in the dishwasher now, nice clean helmet here I come!
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  16. ra2bach

    ra2bach drive-by poster

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    I had an old parts guy - the kind who, without even trying to be funny, can say shit that will leave you on the floor gasping for breath holding your sides, mention that his helmet smelled like someone had crunched up a bunch of Fritos and left them in there for a week in the hot sun. :rofl

    he would just soak his helmet in water with a little Febreeze in it. I wonder if that would help you...
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  17. rickf

    rickf oldfatguyMAN

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    My wife bought this cool mesh bag that zips shut for washing small stuff in the washer, works great.
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  18. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    you could throw that cheap POS Bell away and get a real helmet....
    or wash it more often
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  19. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Great helmet with a removable liner. Works for me.
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  20. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    first time you've cleaned it eh?
    tsk tsk


    :lol3
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