With becoming a hockey parent, comes the responsibility of maintaining hockey equipment. Hockey equipment is different than other equipment. Yes, they're shirts, shorts and socks will stink. But Hockey gear stink is a whole different breed of pungent smell. For those of us who grew up with hockey, it's also a joyful smell. (You'll get to be our kind of weird someday) Below I've included some tips for reducing the smell and build up on your child's hockey equipment.


Prevention is the first and most crucial step in avoiding smelly equipment and the growth of dangerous bacteria. Let's talk about how to prevent your gear from developing "rink stink" or making you sick.

Wear Base Layers – Wear a base layer between yourself and your equipment. By doing this, you'll create a barrier that will help wick away moisture from you and your gear.

Dry It Out – Drying out your gear after practice or a game is the single most important measure you can take to prevent harmful bacteria growth and subsequent odors. As soon as possible, remove all equipment from your bag, wipe it down with disinfecting spray or wipes and leave it open so it dries thoroughly. Place all equipment in a warm, well-ventilated area to to air out and dry.

Use Drying Racks – The use of a drying rack is especially helpful because it allows for better air circulation around your gear. A hockey drying rack will dry your gear and kill the bacteria that develops during use.

Get a Boot and Glove Dryer – If limited space makes a larger hockey drying rack impractical, consider purchasing a boot and glove dryer. Its compact size makes it ideal for tight spaces (and budgets). And it's not just for boots and gloves—many dryers come ready for optional helmet holder attachments. Make sure all your gear is completely dry before re-packing your hockey bag.