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WHAT CAN GO INTO THE MACHINE:
DO'S AND DON'TS
* If your gear is especially smelly, use the "pre-soak" feature on your machine and allow the gear to soak for an hour. Consider adding one cup of plain white vinegar to the load. Vinegar is a natural odor neutralizer and won't damage materials. Pre-soaking gear is also helpful if you have a top-loading machine as it gives the gear time to soak up the water to weigh it down and prevent it from floating to the surface.
* Remember to fasten velcro closures, as they can snag and tear other materials. Be sure to separate insert liners from other equipment (shin guards, for example) to make sure you get everything clean.
* Use the gentle wash cycle and warm water.
* Use special detergent that won't damage your gear and is made for removing stains and odors, especially those set into synthetic fabrics.
* Don't use bleach, detergents containing bleach, or bleaching agents, as they will break down the materials in your gear.
* Don't overload your washer, as it may damage your machine and your equipment.
* Once everything has been through the washer, you can put most gear in the dryer on low heat. Be sure to check the manufacturer's label for specific cleaning instructions, including whether it's safe to place a particular piece of equipment in the dryer. If you opt not to put your gear in the dryer, lay it out in a dry, well-ventilated area so that it dries completely.
Similar to washing your hockey gear in a machine, be sure to separate insert liners from equipment to make sure you get everything clean.
Fill your sink or tub with warm water, detergent, and vinegar, and allow the equipment to soak for 45 minutes to an hour.
Using a soft cloth or sponge, wipe down every piece of gear while it's in the water. Rinse thoroughly.
Remove the gear from the water and allow it to dry completely.
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