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how to remove the hockey stink from your pads

How To Remove The “Hockey Stink” From Your Pads

The smell from a boy’s locker room is something to be feared and avoided at all costs.  That being said, it’s a normality of daily life for most hockey parents.  If you have lugged putrid smelling gear from game to game, then this one’s for you!  Like you, I have battled the smell again and again, trying new cleaning methods and spraying the febreeze to the point of asphyxiation….but I think I’ve finally stumbled upon a solution and I’m going to share that with you today, because no one should have to drive around with stinky gear 6 months out of the year.

If you were looking for a natural solution, you won’t find one here, because there’s nothing natural about the odor from those pads.   You can try baking soda, or essential oils or something but if you want to get serious about ridding yourself from the stink then you are going to need some Tide and Downy Unstoppables.  First things first though, lets talk about why the hockey pads stink, bacteria.  Once you’ve admitted you have a problem you can get serious about fixing it.  If you are not taking the pads out and drying them after every game and every practice then you are growing mildew, bacteria, and potentially fungal infections for your kids or yourself.

how to remove the "hockey stink" from your pads

The method for cleaning the pads is simple, I use my washing machine and add a capful of the Downy Unstoppables and the Tide detergent, run the cycle on hot/gentle or handwash.  You may need an extra rinse or soak, sometimes I do the load twice.  It’s important not to over load the washer or leave it in there after its done running.  Do a smell test, if it still stinks run it through again.  Put Everything on a drying rack and let it air dry.  In between you can minimize bacterial growth by spraying fabric safe lysol on your gear and drying it thoroughly after use.

I’ve been using this method for a year now and even my kids with their sensitive skin haven’t had issues, they wear a base layer between their pads and skin so maybe that helps.  If you are unable to use scented detergent, I’d still recommend running a hot cycle and maybe adding some vinegar to the load (it is an effective way to kill bacteria naturally and deodorize).  Don’t forget to give your bag a good airing out and lysol spray on occasion since all that wet, sweaty equipment goes in there!

How To Remove the hockey stink from your pads

The secret to getting things done- a lesson in time management

The Secret To Getting Things Done- A Lesson In Time Management

Did I get your attention?  We all have a list a mile long of things we need to get done, and what feels like zero time to do it.  The truth is motivation plays a big part of that but time management is half the battle.  Time management plays a huge part in being successful at anything you do, in school, at work, and at home.  If you have the ability to stay focused and set realistic goals for yourself on a daily basis you can accomplish anything!

People are always saying things like, “How do you find the time?” or “You are amazing!”, I’m NOT amazing.  You can do it too!  I’ve always struggled with managing my own time, setting myself up for failure by making my list too long or getting sidetracked with other projects but at 31 I feel like I’m finally in a good place with it.  I’m going to outline the few simple steps to getting more done and accomplishing your goals.

1.)  Adopt a “can do” attitude, mind over matter!  Decide you are going to do it and you will.  Another way of thinking about it is, if I don’t do what needs to be done there will be more tomorrow.  It doesn’t get easier so do it now before there’s twice as much!

2.) Understand your limits.  Do not set goals that are too ambitious.  There are only so many hours in the day, set realistic goals for THAT day.  Putting a weeks worth of chores or errands on yourself for one day is too much, you will only get discouraged trying to keep up this pace.

3.)  Make a list.  My Mom always does this.  She’s awesome and like the energizer bunny, write it down she always says!  So in the morning or even the night before, I write a list of what I need to accomplish and I check it off as I go.  It feels good to make those check marks and if I get distracted I just look at my list to see what’s next.


4.)  Focus on one task at a time.  You can’t do everything at once, and multi-tasking isn’t really effective because our brains aren’t even equipped to do that (despite our desire to make it happen).

5.)  Give yourself a reward.  Maybe you like a show or you want a piece of chocolate, doesn’t have to be anything huge, just something that will motivate you to complete your list.

Start your new year off right and get a head start on being more productive, implement these steps!  Trust me, it works and it’s not hard!  If you are a super productive person, please share your secrets to success in the comments!

The secret to getting things done- a lesson in time management

Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping For Older Kids

Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping For Older Kids

Hello All!  I’ve been suffering from a bit of writers block for the last few weeks.  I took the week off over Thanksgiving break since I had a house full of kids and was more focused on spending time with them but when the time came to get back to it I was out of ideas!  One of my reader’s and friend, suggested I write about what my kids are getting for Christmas….something that’s become more and more of a challenge as they are getting older.  What do you do once they’ve outgrown toys and have just about everything!  I really love those lists circulating the internet where you give something to wear, something to read, something they want, and something they need.  Simplicity is something I strive for, but even that is a little too simple for me.  I definitely have used that idea but branched out a bit, hopefully it’ll help you with your Christmas shopping!


1.) Pajama’s.  I always give Christmas jammies to the kids on Christmas Eve, it’s a tradition and it gives them something to wear to our family Christmas party that night.

2.)  Sports equipment.  They are usually due for some new gear and that stuff isn’t cheap, its nice to take advantage of holiday deals and give them a gift they’ll use.

3.)  Books.  I usually give the kids a book series, I like to read reviews and best sellers lists to get ideas.  Their teachers can usually provide a good list for whats age appropriate too.

4.)  Clothes.  It’s not an overly fun gift but they can usually use new pants and socks and underwear fit into stockings pretty well.

5.)  Tech.  They get one tech gift a year, like last year it was a kindle.  Could be a fitbit (my kids really wanted those, so I found them a great deal on amazon for a pedometer watch.), maybe a new video game or gaming system.

6.)  Outdoor toys.  It might seem like a stupid suggestion, but most outdoor play structures, trampolines, and hockey nets are usually on sale this time of year.  Not to mention, bikes, scooters, and dirt bikes.  Yeah, they can’t use them right away but it might be worth it if the savings is enough to store until spring.

7.)  Toiletries.  Depending on your child’s age, bubble bath, perfume/cologne, or bath sets make nice stocking stuffers.


8.)  Electric toothbrush.  Our kids got new sonicare toothbrushes last year, lets face it, they aren’t great brushers and most kids could use one.  Not a fun gift but its a lot cheaper than cavities.

9.)  Jewelry.  I know, I’ve got boys so this one isn’t really for me but I remember getting some special jewelry when I was a kid and how grown up I felt receiving it.

10.)  A trip.  Disney world, a weekend getaway, or a tropical vacation all make great gifts for older kids (and you too).  Find a special way to tell them by wrapping hints, like a t-shirt from that place, or stuff they’ll use while they’re there.

11.)  Experiences.  A year round pass to a place they like to go, we’ve done Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum, and Echo before, now there’s trampoline parks and roller skating places, there’s a ton of things you could gift and enjoy all year round.

I hope you’ll find some ideas for your kids from this post!  I did nearly all my shopping online this year (and most years).  Yay free shipping!  Share your ideas in the comments!


Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping For Older Kids

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