Stinking Helmet… Or Why No One Sits Beside You in Class

All my equitation ladies put your helmets up! After an entire summer of perfecting position, turn-on-the forehands, distances, and riding into the corners, your riding may have improved, but you helmet reeks of the hard work. It is a common issue among the riding community; our helmets stink. Whether it is the smell of rancid socks or rotting fish, the smell is offensive to anyone. So how do you get rid of it?

For the most part sweat is composed of salt and water, while the odor comes from the bacteria on your skin. The bacteria reacts with your sweat, which causes the rank smell in your helmet.

Leaving your damp helmet in the fresh air for a few hours dries the sweat and dissipates the smell, but that will not get rid of the problem entirely.

  • Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate naturally neutralizes odors. Adding a dash to your helmet will omit the smell.
  • Also, taking a rag dipped in a mixture of water and bleach and wiping the inside of your helmet will kill the odor-causing bacteria.

Like most riding equipment, you will eventually buy a new helmet, but until that time, these helpful tips will make your helmet less pungent and more wearable.

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