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how to clean a bike helmet

How to Clean a Bike Helmet

How to clean a bike helmet is surprisingly straightforward. Doing so will maintain its longevity (and hygiene). Regular cleaning ensures that it continues to provide optimal protection, obviously the main goal! Here’s a guide on how to effectively clean a bicycle helmet:

1. Gather Supplies

Mild detergent or soap

Warm water

Soft cloth or sponge

Toothbrush or soft-bristled brush


Optional: disinfectant spray (only if its very gnarly or its been very long since last clean)

2. Remove Removable Parts

If your helmet has removable pads or liners, take them out. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance on removing and reattaching these parts. Obviously do not remove any if they are fixed with only adhesive.

3. Pre-Rinse

Rinse the helmet under lukewarm water to remove any loose dirt, sweat, or debris. Avoid using excessively hot water as it may damage the helmet’s materials.

4. Clean with a Mild Soap Solution

Mix a small amount of mild detergent or soap with warm water in a bowl or sink. Dip the soft cloth or sponge into the soapy water and gently wipe the exterior and interior of the helmet, paying extra attention to areas with visible dirt or grime.

5. Focus on Straps and Buckles

Use a toothbrush or soft-bristled brush dipped in the soapy water to clean the straps and buckles thoroughly. Ensure that you clean both sides of the straps and all crevices to remove any accumulated sweat or dirt.

6. Rinse Thoroughly

After cleaning, rinse the helmet and all removable parts under running water to remove any soap residue. Make sure there’s no soap left behind, as it can cause irritation or damage to the helmet’s materials.

7. Dry Properly

Pat the helmet and its components gently with a clean towel to remove excess water. Avoid using a rough towel or rubbing vigorously, as this can scratch the helmet’s surface. Allow the helmet to air dry completely before reassembling it or storing it away.

8. Disinfect (Optional)

If desired, you can use a disinfectant spray designed for helmets to kill any bacteria or germs lingering on the surface. Follow the instructions on the disinfectant product carefully and ensure proper ventilation during application. Make sure the product you are using isn’t overly abrasive (ie, do not use a product like bleach!).

9. Reassemble

Once the helmet and its components are completely dry, reassemble them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure all parts are securely attached and in their proper positions. We recommend tapping the top lightly a few times to ensure nothing is loose.

10. Store Properly

Store your clean and dry helmet in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight when not in use. Avoid storing it in areas prone to high temperatures or humidity, as this can accelerate wear and tear.

By following these steps you can avoid the curse of a smelly helmet while also extending its useful life! Knowing how to clean a bike helmet is a useful skill that can be completed in mere minutes. Remember to inspect your helmet periodically for any signs of damage or wear and replace it if necessary to maintain optimal protection. Do bear in mind that minor damage can still affect the functionality of a helmet and this is not an item you want to compromise on.