Jerseys, cleats, shin guards, shoulder pads, gear bags*…they all harbor germs and bacteria and can really smell! Even if you teach your little athlete great habits (like hanging equipment to air dry after use instead of leaving it in the gear bag until the next practice), sports gear gets dirty and needs to get cleaned and disinfected.
It’s good to know the same Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 with CLOROMAX® that sanitizes your laundry (including that smelly nylon soccer jersey) can also clean and disinfect sports equipment, even your favorite plastic coated kettlebell. Any equipment with a hard, nonporous surface (think plastic, nylon, and even painted wood and polyurethane coatings) can be wiped down with a bleach and water solution, making it a great choice to kill bacteria, including MRSA. Here’s how:
It’s also great to know that a lot of sports gear can just be added to your regular bleach load! Shin guards can go in a lingerie bag (so the velcro doesn’t tie up the rest of the laundry). So can the fabric component of some pads. And so can nylon sports jerseys and socks; just be sure to check the care label and make sure there’s no spandex, and check a hidden area for colorfastness to bleach: Add 2 teaspoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 with CLOROMAX® to ¼ cup water and apply a drop to a hidden area; wait 1 minute, then rinse and blot dry—no color change means the item is can be safely added to the bleach load! Here’s how to sanitize laundry with Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 with CLOROMAX®:
* Items must be white (not colored) for bleach use.