Ahhh, the derby stank.
What other sport is there that goes around smelling our stinky wrist guards and asking your team mates to smell them too?
For the freshies, you may not now exactly how to wash them or for the seniors; just too busy and don’t care.
Here is how I wash my gear, and the fresh meat loaner gear.
After training, I hang my gear out to air. Training twice a week PLUS all my street skating and skate park adventures I don’t wash my gear all that often but there is nothing worse than pulling on damp elbow guards… So first thing; get your stuff out of your bag/car/where ever you keep it and air it in some sun to kill the growing life forms.
Second. If you are going to wash it. Check what type of gear you have. Do bits come off or remove? I personally have 187 knee pads with removable hard bits, but I don’t take them off for a wash.
I bundle up all my gear and pop it into pillowcase and tie it off. You could try and find yourself a few large wash bags, they would do awesomely. Connect any Velcro straps to stop them floating around too.
The reason I use a pillowcase is to protect my gear and washing machine. There are some Velcro straps that wont stick together, so this way it wont catch on other items.
Put it on for a gentle warm/hot wash, if they are SUPER stinky add some white vinegar as that will help with the funk and it is also anti bacterial.
Then it will need some sun. Do not put them in the dryer! The sun is great at killing that funk. Any parent who has used cloth nappies can attest to the awesomeness of sun in killing nappy stink.
Some skaters also use a spray after training like Glen 20 or a nice essential oil blend. Speak to Spanksy for her spray but anything with lavender, mint and cloves would be fab.
Now don’t forget about your helmet and actual skates, let them get some sun and spray too.