It is hockey season again. And all that equipment can stink up a closet something fierce.

SNiPER to the rescue!

Kids – and adults – sweat like crazy when playing hockey and that sweat gets into every nook and crevice of the equipment. So does dead skin cells and other crud that provides food for the bacteria that are the real cause behind this stink.

Here’s how to fix it:

1) Wear a layer between the skin and the equipment. This helps capture both sweat and dead skin cells that provide a food source to odor-producing bacteria.

2) When you get home, take the equipment out of the bag and hang it all up to dry. Giving it a good spray with SNiPER at this stage can reduce the frequency with which you will need to put the gear into the washer. If possible, wash the clothing immediately. If it is not possible, hanging damp clothing up to dry reduces the moisture source necessary for those stink-producing microbes to thrive.

3) Spray the equipment down with SNiPER as you are hanging it up. Pay special attention to straps and other areas that are likely to absorb sweat. No matter how careful you are, at some point you will need to throw the equipment into the wash. If you are using your washing machine, add 6 – 8 oz of SNiPER to a pre-wash cycle and allow it to soak for up to 30 minutes. You can put all clothing, shin, elbow and shoulder pads and gloves into the wash. Don’t put your helmet into the wash! Be sure and ‘mate’ any velcro items to prevent tangling. Turn gloves inside out and spray with SNiPER carefully and thoroughly – allow to air dry.

If you don’t want to throw the equipment into your washer, then find a wash tub that is big enough, add SNiPER to the water (about 6 oz to a gallon of water). Before you toss the equipment in, give it a good rinse first, then into the tub and allow it to soak for an hour. Take it out, hang it up and allow it to dry. It wouldn’t hurt to put fans on it to speed the drying process.

Put clothing items into the dryer, but not pads or gloves. Air dry outside, when possible.

4) Skates can get really stinky. Give them a little spritz after every use and open the ‘throat’ a bit to allow it more air to dry more fully. If they are really damp, pull the inner soles out and allow them to dry separately. If you are one of those who frequently have shoe odor problems, it would be a good idea to give your skates a little spritz every time, after you have worn them.