Hockey is a sport that can be one of the smelliest. With all that equipment and the amount of sweat lost in it, cleaning gear can be a tough task. With the following tips, it will be much easier for parents to beat hockey smell.

Start taking care of your kids by taking care of their gear. Washing gear decreases the risk of a skin infection. Gloves, in particular, should be washed every few days. Drying gear is easier than you think. Just hang gear on a clothesline. It’s as simple as that!

Removing the soles of skates is another drying tip and another way to decrease the chance of infection. Compression products are also recommended for bacteria prevention since help soak up moisture.

Of course, the best way to control stench is by purchasing brand-new gear, but not everybody has the luxury of being able to do that. Hockey is a very expensive sport, so it can be quite easy to put this off, but do your best to not make this mistake. Put some money aside for upgrades, as equipment impacts your child’s safety — and thus their well-being. If you start seeing mold or mildew forming on your child’s pads, it’s time for a change. Sticks break (and therefore are replaced) frequently, but the need to upgrade other equipment tends to be overlooked.

Having your kids clean themselves is the final step to the process. Make sure they clean extensively to rehydrate their skin and stay smelling fresh……..until the next game.

Youth hockey players at all levels are fighting hockey smells. Never underestimate the power of hockey odor. It can be tricky. Luckily, there are many ways to beat it! But don’t take my word for it … below is a complete guide by Pro Stock Hockey — with information from NHL trainers and staff — on how hockey players can defend against stench.

AJ Lee is a Marketing Specialist at Pro Stock Hockey, an online resource for pro stock hockey equipment. He was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and has been a huge Blackhawks fan his entire life. AJ picked up his first hockey stick at age 3 and hasn’t put it down yet.