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    Default Helmet stink

    If you have ever found your helmet with a bad odor from sweat.
    Or maybe someone wore your helmet and you don't care for there head lice.
    You can do what I do and put your melon protector
    In the dish washer on a short cycle (30 min) with about 1 oz of Shampoo.
    Just use your strap and tie it around the bottom of the
    bottom tray and use a safety pin to hold the rest of the strap so it won't lay on the heating element.
    Just pull the helmet out after the last rinse cycle.
    You don't need the heating element on to dry the thing.
    The helmet comes out clean and fresh.
    Just thought someone else might like to know how to clean one up.
    Been doing it for years and never thought of posting it until
    I had to clean mine tonight...................Ron
    Last edited by kantornado; 06-30-2009 at 06:56 PM.
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    Default be careful

    Lots of dishwashers will foam out the door causing a big mess when using a regular type of soap or shampoo in them as they create subs that gets forced out the door seals. If you do use shampoo, use it very sparingly and keep an eye on the dishwasher in case a leak starts.

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    now why would you put the whole helmet in the dishwasher if you can just pull the liner

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    Quote Originally Posted by barend View Post
    now why would you put the whole helmet in the dishwasher if you can just pull the liner
    cleans the bugs off too!

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    I am sorely tempted to try this method.....but prolly won't.


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    Talking Another option

    I simply wear a dew rag, and then wash it afterward.
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    You can also take it in the shower with you. Lather up the inside on the helmet with your shampoo, put it on your head and move it around. Rinse it out and let it dry.

    I'd be afraid the temps inside a dishwasher could damage the styrofoam inside the helmet.

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    Febreeze is the answer! I spray my helmet with a quick shot every time I wear it. No smell, I use the "baby powder" scent. Cheap, less than 2 bucks at WalMart, same can been using for over a year.

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    I just spray it with Axe and call it a day. Don't let anybody wear my helmet anyway. That's kinda like lettin somebody wear your underwear and then puttin it back on...
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    All those coverup products don't kill the bacteria or germs the bugs (flys) leave on the helmet.
    Like I say I have been doing it for years and no foam outs.
    I did have foam outs using liquid soap (dawn,Palmolive) but never shampoo.
    Anyway uae the info or not its there and it works for me...........Ron
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    Quote Originally Posted by kantornado View Post
    All those coverup products don't kill the bacteria or germs the bugs (flys) leave on the helmet.
    Like I say I have been doing it for years and no foam outs.
    I did have foam outs using liquid soap (dawn,Palmolive) but never shampoo.
    Anyway uae the info or not its there and it works for me...........Ron
    We appreciate the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kantornado View Post
    If you have ever found your helmet with a bad odor from sweat.
    Or maybe someone wore your helmet and you don't care for there head lice.
    You can do what I do and put your melon protector
    In the dish washer on a short cycle (30 min) with about 1 oz of Shampoo.
    Just use your strap and tie it around the bottom of the
    bottom tray and use a safety pin to hold the rest of the strap so it won't lay on the heating element.
    Just pull the helmet out after the last rinse cycle.
    You don't need the heating element on to dry the thing.
    The helmet comes out clean and fresh.
    Just thought someone else might like to know how to clean one up.
    Been doing it for years and never thought of posting it until
    I had to clean mine tonight...................Ron
    Do ya think the "Fonz" would do something like that?

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    The The Fonz ever ride fast enough to need a helmet?

    Quote Originally Posted by a1bummer View Post
    Do ya think the "Fonz" would do something like that?
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    Did he wear one when he, "jumped the shark"?

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    I normally replace my helmet every 5 or so years ... well, between 5 and 14 years. This post got me wondering ... I've never checked the inside of my helmet since I bought it and installed the speakers in it. It's a Bell Mag 8.

    So out to the garage I goes. Grabbed my helmet and looked carefully at the inside ... helmet is 3 or 4 years old now and used a good number of miles in all seasons since I got it, still looks good, no grease, grime, no obvious wear, foam liner still springy and holding shape, no color fading. It's removable and washable but it's never been outta the helmet since I bought it. Then I sticks my nose in there and takes a big inhale ... neutral smell. I don't wear a rag nor would I consider wearing one.

    I then I thought about the environment: the helmet sits on my bike unless it is on my head, in the garage when it's home otherwise it sits astraddle my handle bars. Standing back I saw no obvious signs of flys being attracted to it or other vermin crawling about or in it. I then offered it to my 3 dogs. I have heard that dogs will lick the salt build up on the inside of the helmet. Other than wanting to play fetch with it ... no licking. Finally got the helmet back from them ... no damage ...

    So how often does everybody wash their helmets regardless of how it is done, washer/dishwasher/bucket/dogs ...

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