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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

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eggnog pie

Eggnog Pie Recipe

Over the holidays I stumbled upon a really simple recipe for eggnog pie.  I’ve never met a cream pie I didn’t like and I love eggnog, so I figured I’d give it a go!  I did alter the recipe slightly as I don’t like to use coolwhip.  My brother told me a while back that the ingredients in coolwhip are horrifyingly similar to personal lubricant, and that’s not something you forget.  Real is usually better anyway so I swapped it out for something more natural, cream.

I brought this pie to 2 Christmas parties and heard no complaints and left with no leftovers, a few even requested the recipe.  I was almost embarrassed to share it because it’s so stupid easy.  This pie has 4 ingredients if you don’t count the crust.  Yup.  Four.  Doesn’t get much easier than that!  Before you get started make sure you have these on hand:

  • Nutmeg
  • a carton of eggnog
  • 2 instant vanilla pudding packages
  • 1 carton of heavy whipping cream
  • a baked and cooled pie shell

Eggnog Pie Recipe
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  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 1 and 3 tbsp vanilla instant pudding
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 3 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 baked and cooled pie shell


  1. Beat the eggnog, nutmeg, and 1 package of vanilla instant pudding together for 5 minutes, until it is slightly thickened and smooth. Pour into prepared pie shell, put in the refrigerator to set (30-60 minutes). Pour whipping cream and remaining 3 tbsp vanilla instant pudding into a cold mixing bowl and beat until stiff peaks form but be careful not to overbeat or you'll end up with butter. Pipe or spread onto the top of the pie and refrigerate. The whipped cream will hold its shape for up to a week and the whole pie can be prepared ahead of time and frozen.

I hope you enjoy this pie as much as I did, and you snatch up some of the last of the holiday eggnog!

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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!

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