Smelly Gear? How to: Deodorize Your Ski and Snowboard Gear

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After chasing storms all winter, spring riding is always welcomed. Bring on the sunburns, short sleeves and sun-baked snow that you don’t have to wake up at 6 AM to enjoy. But along with the new found warmth on the mountain comes smelly gloves, boots and helmets. Here are your bunny tricks to keep you from smelling like the bottom of a gym bag while enjoying spring riding.

an image of spring, snowboard gear, snowboard boots, winter gear, gear cleaningBoot Dryer

This is a given. They are useful for any of your spring gear but can often cost you a pretty penny. However, once you shell out the cash for one you will never be disappointed by soggy boots again.


Newspaper is very useful for soaking up moisture. Our favorite bunny trick is taking a couple sheets of your local news and rolling them into a tube. Slide them into your gloves and the airflow will pull the moisture from your gloves allowing them to dry out and smell fresh.

Freezeran image of snowboard gear, snowboard boots, winter gear, gear cleaning

Freezing your helmet is a sure way to kill all the sweat caused bacteria that may be causing your favorite dome protector to be stinking up your car. With its many nooks and crannies, it may be hard to treat otherwise. Putting your helmet in the freezer will cure your odorous ills overnight.

Ninja Powder

Mixing three parts baking soda with one part cornstarch and 5-10 drops of tea tree oil, makes for an odor-ninja mixture sure to hack out any funk hanging out in your boots. If you have removable liners, take them out and cover in the powder mixture until your next riding session. Don’t have removable liners? That’s okay! Sprinkle it on the inside of your boots. The powders remove any remaining moisture and the anti-septic properties of the tea tree oil will kill any pesky bacteria. Make sure to shake them out well before putting those boots back on!

an image of snowboard gear, snowboard boots, winter gear, gear cleaningSachets

These handy little bundles are useful for not having to smell your boots on the drive back home from the mountain. To make a sachet- cut off the sock part of an old pair of tights, pack them with 4 tablespoons of baking powder and 30 drops of essential oils (I like to use tea tree oil and lavender), tie off one end and drop them into the bottom of your boots. They don’t work well to remove moisture but are a great quick fix so you don’t earn a new smelly related nickname with your riding crew.

De-funk Spray

When washing your jacket and pants is not an option (because you don’t want to ruin their waterproofing), spraying them down with a homemade deodorizing spray is the next best thing. Put 2 tablespoons vodka (feel free to omit but its a bacteria ninja), 2 tablespoons baking soda, 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 8 drops peppermint essential oil and 1 cup of water together in a spray bottle and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Spray on any and all gear and hang in the sun to dry. This works well for the floor mats and the trunk of your car that you may have been subjected to wet boots and dogs all winter long!

Cat Litteran image of spring cleaning, gear cleaning, backpacking

For those lucky pair of snowboarding socks that you simply cannot part with but make your eyes water even after you pull them from the dryer, we have a solution. Stick them in a fresh bucket of cat litter overnight. The deodorizing properties will pull those smells right out and your cat won’t mind when you still use it to line her cat pan. Best part about cat litter is that you can throw them in damp or dry and it will pull out the moisture and the stench at the same time!

Under Armor Soak

To get that musty smell out of your favorite shred shirt and long johns soak them in 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water for 30 minutes. Make sure when you go to wash them that your detergent doesn’t have any bleach in it though. It will leave your favorite threads splotchy and dyed, unless that is you’re wanting to try out a new look!

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About Whitney Chandler

I am a Colorado native with an unfettering love for the West. I grew up riding, hiking, biking and climbing the Rocky Mountains and am looking forward to exploring what Idaho has to offer since moving here in August of 2014.
I am a recent graduate of Colorado Mountain College with a Bachelor’s in Sustainability Studies. I want to ensure that these mountains are still providing epic seasons for future generations to enjoy. While holding down jobs at Moon’s Kitchen and Java in Hyde Park, I enjoy writing about environmental issues, stories that empower women and poetry.