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GPA Stinks! No literally, it smells!

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  • GPA Stinks! No literally, it smells!

    I love my gpa, but good lord it smells. Its not an OLD hat and immediately began to smell after I started using it. My old had never smelled before and i had it for years. I tried using odor eaters, I have aired it out, dryer sheets etc but nothing seems to be helping. I have seen where people suggest putting it in the top rack of the dishwasher but I just don't know that I am comfortable with that. Any suggestions?!

  • #2
    Have you tried spraying the inside with Lysol?


    • #3
      maybe sprinkling the inside with baking soda and leaving it in the fresh air/sun for a few hours?
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      • #4
        I wash mine in the kitchen sink with Woolite. Swish it around in the water, rinse thoroughly and let it air dry naturally. Don't be alarmed that it will look wrinkled when wet, if you leave it alone to dry by itself it will look like new when its completely dry. Mine takes a long time before it starts to smell, maybe I wash it once a year.


        • #5
          I wash the inside of mine with soapy water and a rag. I only wipe down the outside.
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          • #6
            www.freshhelmet.com works like a charm, they have it for boots too!
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            • #7
              I use Febreeze on my helmets, DAILY in hot weather. Literally douse the inside of the helmet and let it dry.


              • #8
                febreze daily... and then I started washing it in the sink... and then I progressed to putting it in the dishwasher (heated dry OFF). Now I have one that has a removable liner for use in the summer and another hat reserved just for showing. The old stinky helmet is reserved for winter when it can't be "activated" but stinky sweaty head, because eventually even the febreze and washing seems to have limited effectiveness after a while.

                But a travel bottle of febreze kept with your helmet is a very useful thing to have. There is also a new "sport" version of febreze I use.
                Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by kelsey97 View Post
                  I use Febreeze on my helmets, DAILY in hot weather. Literally douse the inside of the helmet and let it dry.
                  Aren't you worried about all of the chemicals directly on your forehead? I couldn't do it, I hate febreeze!

                  The new GPAs have removable padding, which is an excellent feature. But with my old one I would get the inside wet and wash it with disinfecting soap, rinse it really well, pat the inside dry with a towel and leave it somewhere out of the sun and heat to dry.
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                  • #10
                    Yeah, my GPA stinks too. I dilute laundry detergent with warm water, pat down the whole inside padding with paper towels soaked in that. Next, I rinse by blotting with paper towels soaked in warm water, and then I blot with dry paper towels to remove excess water. It also seems to help to hang up the helmet somewhere where there is airflow (and not in the bag) after each ride. It at least gets stinky more slowly that way.

                    I am intrigued by the dishwasher method!

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                    • #11
                      Charles Owen hat deodorizer works great and doesn't have an icky smell like Febreze, and it won't irritate your skin.



                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Viva View Post
                        Charles Owen hat deodorizer works great and doesn't have an icky smell like Febreze, and it won't irritate your skin.

                        I use the CO hat deodorizer too - I highly recommend it. Just spray a bit in there as soon as you take your helmet off.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by airineek View Post
                          I am intrigued by the dishwasher method!
                          Don't do it! The heat is bad for the part of the helmet that actually protects your head.
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                          • #14
                            I put my Speed Air in the dishwasher and it came out perfectly fine! I put it in there by itself, no soap, on the top rack, and used the special china setting so that it was very gentle. Worked like a charm!


                            • #15
                              Dishwasher, no heat. Based on experience, I don't recommend using laundry detergent in the dishwasher...SUDS EVERYWHERE!

                              I also spray a little CO hat deoderizer in between washes too.

                              Good luck!


                              • #16
                                Fill a tube sock with cat litter and sew up the top. Stick it in after you ride. Absorbs moisture and funk! I have heard of people using pantyliners where your cap meets your forehead to absorb sweat and throw it away after every use. I have really bad luck, so I never tried that. I figured it would freak owners out if I had a pantyliner accidentally stuck to my head. I am a big fan of tossing my skull cap in the washing machine on delicate and pulling it out before the spin
                                Originally posted by The Saddle
                                Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.


                                • #17
                                  The Charles Owen helmet cleaner works nicely, but I end up getting flakey skin on my forehead after it's been in my helmet. Just a heads up to everyone!


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by ChafedToBits View Post
                                    Dishwasher, no heat.
                                    Yes! I forgot to add in my post earlier to make sure the heated dry is turned off. After the dishwasher cycle, I just let the helmet air dry and it looked brand new.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by SMNG View Post
                                      I put my Speed Air in the dishwasher and it came out perfectly fine! I put it in there by itself, no soap, on the top rack, and used the special china setting so that it was very gentle. Worked like a charm!
                                      But is it still safe? I would really bet no. And out of curiosity, why did you do that when the liner comes right out? What part of the helmet needed more than a little run under the tap?
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                                      • #20
                                        just out of curiosity, if no hi temp water was used, why would you think it would not be safe? Heat, I get, that's a no duh moment, but what is it about what essentially amounts to a thorough sustained rinsing that cause you alarm?
                                        Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.