The Ultimate Guide To Properly Deodorizing Helmets

The Ultimate Guide To Properly Deodorizing Helmets

If you’re an athlete, construction worker or motorcyclist, you know how important it is to wear a helmet and clean it regularly. Helmets can quickly become a breeding ground for dirt, bacteria and awful odors that can make you stand out for the wrong reasons.

Fortunately, Vapor Fresh is here to help you keep your helmet clean and deodorized so you can focus on the big game, nailing that project or your next cross-country trip!

From cleaning football helmets to deodorizing skiing helmets and everything in between, here’s our ultimate guide to properly cleaning and deodorizing your helmet so you can smell fresh and stay protected for years to come.

How to Properly Deodorize Your Helmet

Before you start, set yourself up for success:

  • Grab an old towel and a clean microfiber cloth,
  • Choose a well-ventilated area to clean, preferably near a sink,
  • Take a peek at the helmet manufacturer's instructions to ensure you’re not skipping any important cleaning directions.

Step 1: Remove the Visible Dirt and Debris

Set your helmet on the towel. If there is any removable internal protective padding, liners or electronic accessories, you may want to remove them for easier cleaning access. Then using a clean microfiber cloth, remove any visible sweat, dirt and debris from the helmet shell and padding.

It’s important to use a clean microfiber cloth throughout this process, especially if your helmet has a visor or face shield. Microfiber gently cleanses these delicate areas and keeps them from getting scratched, which can impact visibility and decrease your helmet’s lifespan. Better to invest in a few of these cloths than replace your helmet every couple of months!

If you have stubborn grime on the shell of your helmet, we’ll get that removed in the next step!

Step 2: Clean and Deodorize with Vapor Fresh

With the initial dirt and debris out of the way, you’re ready to tackle the tough grime and odors with Vapor Fresh Cleaning Spray!

To eliminate any stubborn grime left over from the first pass of cleaning, generously spray the affected areas with Vapor Fresh and use the microfiber cloth to release the grime and wipe it away.

Then, spray Vapor Fresh on the padding and the inside of your helmet. Allow it to sit to deeply penetrate and deodorize the helmet. There’s no need to wipe away the spray – simply spray and let it sit to eliminate the sweat and odors.

With its non-toxic, non-irritating and plant-based formula, Vapor Fresh is safe to use on helmets and headgear. It’s free from harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. It also leaves no residue in your helmet, so you can smell fresh and feel fresh after each use.

Vapor Fresh is perfect for deodorizing football helmets, deodorizing lacrosse helmets, deodorizing bike helmets, deodorizing hockey helmets – even deodorizing equestrian helmets – and more!

Step 3: Air Dry Completely and Store in a Place with Ample Airflow

Finally, air dry the helmet and all padding. Make sure the padding is completely dry before you insert it back into the helmet shell to avoid bacteria and mold growth. Store your clean, deodorized helmet out of direct sunlight and in a place with good airflow.

It’s important to allow your helmet to air dry naturally. Avoid the urge to use external heat sources like a hair dryer or a clothes dryer. Both will expose the helmet to excessive heat that can warp materials and compromise your safety.

Is Vapor Fresh The Best Helmet Deodorizing Spray?

If you sweat in it, we can deodorize it! From cleaning baseball helmets to deodorizing racing helmets, Vapor Fresh keeps you smelling clean and feeling refreshed. Vapor Fresh is the best helmet cleaning spray for a number of reasons:

Safe and Non-Toxic

No harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances, no quats, no alcohol and no skin irritation – just the power of plants that gently and effectively eliminates odor and keeps your helmet in great condition.


Goodbye sticky, sweaty helmets; hello great-smelling comfort! Vapor Fresh is a residue-free formula that prioritizes your comfort without sacrificing a powerful clean.

Quick and Convenient

It eliminates odors with just a few sprays wherever you are! Use it in the comfort of your home or deodorize on the go with the travel-sized Vapor Fresh Cleaning Spray, designed to fit in your purse, gym bag, locker and more.

How Often Should I Clean and Deodorize My Helmet?

Ideally, you should clean and deodorize your helmet after each time you wear it. Properly caring for your helmet extends its lifespan, prevents bacteria growth and keeps you smelling fresh.

Occasionally your helmet may need a deep clean. We recommend hand-washing your helmet to preserve its structural integrity and to avoid the intensity of the washing machine. Remember to always check the manufacturer's cleaning instructions for the final word on deep cleaning your helmets.

Vapor Fresh Is Your One-Stop Solution for Keeping Your Head in the Game

Regularly deodorizing your helmet is essential for keeping your head in the game. With just a few sprays, Vapor Fresh banishes those notorious odors so you can stand out for all the right reasons. It’s easy, convenient, safe and it works!

No matter what kind of helmet you have, Vapor Fresh has you covered. Grab a bottle today and slay the stink!

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