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 Post subject: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:11 am 
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My 3 year old Rudy Project Windmax is wreaking of bile and I've always been anal enough to wash it after every ride. Other than having to repalce the inner pads, is there any alternative to getting rid of the putrid stench? Maybe a quick soak in diluted bleach?

Want to know what everybody does..

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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:11 pm 
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3 years old. I would replace it.

Or take it in the shower with you after a ride & clean it out with some shampoo.


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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:14 pm 
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The "replace your helmet" thing has been proven to be bogus from the perspective of the foam liner wearing out. OTOH, I tend to get the lightest helmets which fit, which have tended to be Specialized until I recently got a POC, and the Specializeds tend to break in various ways.

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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:10 pm 
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Yes, suggestions will be awesome. My Giro Aeon stinks...


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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:29 pm 
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Afaik, the argument over helmets having a limited shelf life seems like an endless debate granted the different factors involved in what causes foam to degrade...

I guess I can try the bleach method this weekend... My helmet has seen no crashes, has not been exposed extreme elements including fungus causing humidity and has been meticulously washed after every ride.... Its a bit gut wrenching to throw out a helmet simply under the assumption that the foam is subject to degradation over time.

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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:32 pm 
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Do update after you done that :P


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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:33 pm 
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Can you tell if the odor is mainly from the pads and straps? Pads are easy to wash, the straps are harder to wash clean.


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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:04 am 
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mostly from the pads.. Soap/Shampoo are just temporary, leaving that great smell only when the helmet is wet after a quick wash... once in dries, the unwanted residue smell of sweat returns.

Again, a quick bleach followed by a thorough rinsing may help.. hoping that I don't wind up with patches of bleached hair...that would be both humorous and horrible.

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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
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Put it in the dishwasher, works great!


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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:47 am 
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UV light kills the bacteria too.

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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:55 am 
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Dishwasher.. now thats an idea!

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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:42 am 
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If it's the pads, why not just take them off, throw them in a mesh bag, and put in with your normal clothes washing?

The rest of the helmet, just wash the bejeebers out of it and rinse thoroughly. I just take a scrub brush and dish soap to the inner helmet and to the straps when they get too crusty.


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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:34 am 
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Ditto on machine washing in a mesh bag. Add some white vinegar into the fabric softener compartment, or soak in it before washing: it degreases, deodorizes and kills mold and some bacteria. Don't worry about the smell, it will be odourless once rinsed and dried.


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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:57 pm 
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I've popped my helmet in the freezer for a while. It's no long lasting miracle cure, but it does take the edge off, as it were.


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 Post subject: Re: Helmet stench
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:39 pm 
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About once every three months (especially during the summer), I put my helmet in the wash basin, pour some liquid detergent in, and run the water. Then, with a soft brush, I brush the straps and the inside of the helmet. The pads, I remove and throw in the "delicates bag" and wash them with my cycling clothes. I'll let my helmet soak for a bit, then pull it out, drain the basin and rinse the helmet off.

It's actually kinda disgusting to watch the dirty water drain off the chin strap.

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