How to Keep Your Child's Sports Gear from Taking Over Your Home
If you are a seasoned veteran sports parent, then you may already have the windows rolled down before they get in the car after practice. Not only does the smell of sweaty bodies linger, but more likely the smell of their sport's equipment makes you want to ride with your head out of the window. If you can relate, then here are some tips you may want to consider.
Keep Equipment Organized
Americans spend over $45 billion on sports equipment annually, and there will be times that you will feel like it all ends up at your house. Gather the family and all the sports equipment. Then, have your children go through the equipment to see what they still use. Load up the car with unused sports equipment and take it to your favorite charity. Now, develop a space in your garage or mudroom where all sports equipment that is currently being used can be put as soon as it enters your house. The Storage Space explores different storage ideas, explaining, “You can find many great sports equipment storage ideas to maximize your space, keep your equipment in great condition, and make sure that everything is in its place.” It may take a reward system to get your kids used to putting their equipment away, but it will be worth it in the end. Finally, get hooks, peg boards, and other storage systems to keep all the out-of-season equipment organized and out of the way.
Keep it Clean
“Before storing your sports equipment, it’s crucial that you inspect and clean each piece of gear thoroughly. Dirt, sweat, and stains from that spilled Gatorade or post-game snack can cause issues in storage if left untreated—and that’s not even getting into the smell of shin guards after soccer practice,” says All Storage Online. Each child should help clean their equipment. Soak cleats and other footwear in hot soapy water for a few minutes and then scrub them with a stiff brush before placing them out in the sun to dry. Create a paste from baking soda and water to spread inside any helmets. Let them soak overnight and then wash the paste away. Combine hot water, laundry detergent, and vinegar and let pads soak. Then, scrub them with a stiff brush to remove any lingering odors. Add a cup of vinegar to your washing machine whenever you wash jerseys. A little baking soda can help with lingering odors.
How to Clean Sports Balls
Sports balls have an odor all their own that can make you want to leave home. If you have a bunch of dirty baseballs, then put them in the top rack of the dishwasher. Set the dishwasher to wash without any drying time, start it, and in a few minutes, you will have clean baseballs. Then, set them out in the sun to dry. Clean footballs by washing them with a wet cloth. Once they are dry, then use a leather conditioner to bring out the shine like it was new.
Store Equipment in the Car
If you are tired of having sports equipment all over your car, then it is essential to create a storage system in your vehicle. If you are the team chauffeur, then get enough sports bags that each child can hang their bag off the seat ahead of them. Then, they can take the whole bag out of your car when you arrive at the game or practice, ensuring that they get everything out at once. Since these bags can get smelly over time, kill the smell by putting a little baking soda in each one.
You may feel like your children's sports are running your life right now, but following these simple tips may help you stay organized and keep your kid’s sports equipment clean and smelling fresh.
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