Cleaning sparring gear

formernuke

White Belt
Joined
Jun 21, 2023
Messages
7
Reaction score
1
I'm wondering what everyone uses to clean and disinfect your sparring gear. Tips and techniques welcome.
 

skribs

Grandmaster
Joined
Nov 14, 2013
Messages
7,233
Reaction score
2,389
Depends on the gear.

When I did TKD, I would wash the cloth-ish stuff in the laundry. I would take the thicker pads (groin cup, helmet, chestguard) into the shower, rub them down with a soft sponge and some Dawn dish soap, and then rinse them off to dry.

In Muay Thai, I just spray my gear with Lysol after each class.
 

Gyakuto

Master of Arts
Joined
Nov 21, 2020
Messages
1,657
Reaction score
1,301
Location
UK
As soon as you get home from training, take your gear out of your bag to air (dry) them. Spray with antibacterial spray to kill odour producing bacterial and wipe down any excess. Once a week, place them in washing machines, short rinse cycle with something like Dettols Laundry sanitiser (kills bacteria). Again, air dry and store in the open to allow air flow.
 

HighKick

Blue Belt
Joined
Apr 8, 2023
Messages
235
Reaction score
89
I'm wondering what everyone uses to clean and disinfect your sparring gear. Tips and techniques welcome.
Wash clothing as needed. Do Not use bleach. For sparring gear spray any brand disinfectant daily/as used. and wash in the sink with soap weekly.
It is slowly coming back around but I am seeing disinfectant rinse tubs at larger tournaments again. People got freaked out about them during Covid but that is subsiding.
 

Instructor

Master of Arts
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2012
Messages
1,523
Reaction score
397
Location
Knoxville, TN
Cloth stuff I wash with the rest of my laundry. The foam rubber stuff I clean with a drop or two of disinfectant in bucket of warm water and I just give it a good wash down and I let it air dry.
 

rabbittoystory

White Belt
Joined
Aug 10, 2023
Messages
8
Reaction score
4
I've heard peeps swear by a mix of water and white vinegar to zap those germs, while others are all about that antibacterial soap life. Throw in a couple of dryer sheets when you're storing 'em, and you'll be smelling like a rose when it's go-time.
 
Top