Stinky helmet remedy.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:19 am quote
Please help.
I can't seem to keep my helmets free from sweat odours. It's quite bad that I opt to just buy a new helmet every 4-6 months.
I tried leaving them in the sun for days, no luck. Even sprayed foot deodorant into my helmets only for it to stink even worse once I sweat in it again.

Can I just throw a Bell custom 500 into a tub and soak that thing as a whole? Any suggestions??
I'm desperate.


(Edited for wrong model)

Last edited by mickfitz76 on Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:13 am; edited 1 time in total
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:15 am quote
There are a couple of things i've done in the past that have helped; maybe they will help you too.

Without knowing what country you're in or what is available to you, there is this detergent called woolite that you can use. Fill a kitchen sink with some warm (not hot) water and pour a little in. Take a soft brush or wash cloth and scrub the interior of your helmet. Take another cloth with strictly water on it and soak up/blot the helmet lining and allow to dry.

Another option is this product from motorex called helmet care. It's a foaming substance that you squirt on your helmet lining that is supposed to neutralize any odors and clean up any stains. I have also used this stuff with great results.

Hope this helps.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:58 am quote
According to Revzilla, the Bell Bullitt has a removable washable liner. There are probably some snaps in there that allow you to remove the liner. You can remove it and throw it in the wash on the hand washables selection and then air dry. Or hand wash with Woolite.

Good luck!
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:10 am quote
Strick wrote:
According to Revzilla, the Bell Bullitt has a removable washable liner. There are probably some snaps in there that allow you to remove the liner. You can remove it and throw it in the wash on the hand washables selection and then air dry. Or hand wash with Woolite.

Good luck!
Sorry. I mean the Bell Custom 500. I was mix up with my fullfaced helmet.
The bullet does have removable liner but the 500s don't.
I was worried if I washed the 500 would it maybe waterlog it or swell some foam or something. Maybe make it stink even worse.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:32 am quote
mickfitz76 wrote:
Strick wrote:
According to Revzilla, the Bell Bullitt has a removable washable liner. There are probably some snaps in there that allow you to remove the liner. You can remove it and throw it in the wash on the hand washables selection and then air dry. Or hand wash with Woolite.

Good luck!
Sorry. I mean the Bell Custom 500. I was mix up with my fullfaced helmet.
The bullet does have removable liner but the 500s don't.
I was worried if I washed the 500 would it maybe waterlog it or swell some foam or something. Maybe make it stink even worse.
Well, that changes things!

Here are a few links with some advice for cleaning non removable liners.

https://rideapart.com/articles/how-to-clean-your-motorcycle-helmet-like-a-pro

http://powersports-blog.denniskirk.com/4745/harley-davidson/how-to-clean-your-motorcycle-helmet-inside-out/

Hope this helps.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:04 am quote
Do you store your helmet in a warm, dark place? E.g. in the pet carrier?

I keep mine on a shelf in the garage. It gets to air out after each use.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:13 am quote
Helmet liners help keep your helmet clean longer:
http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street/helmets_and_eyewear/head_wraps_helmet_liners_other_accessories/schampa/coolskin_skull_cap.html

I'll also recommend the Woolite.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:27 am quote
Have you tried Febreeze?
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:06 am quote
Most law enforcement supply stores (cop shops) sell products intended to handle stinky body armor smells. It works great inside helmets and is what we use.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:21 am quote
Mix 50:50 white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist. Set out to dry overnight. I use the 50/50 mixture between removing the liner and tossing in the gentle cycle of the washing machine. The vinegar does a great job of removing odors.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:32 pm quote
Removable liners and wash them by hand or wash the whole helmet gently in the sink. You can even buy spare liners (although you need to either have a good dealer or go straight to the manufacturer IME).

Liquid detergent. Not too hot (or the glue that sticks the liner to the helmet washes away).

Deodorisers mask smells- they don't clean. Not a solution to your problem.

Basically - removable liners FTW.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:23 pm quote
TroutBum wrote:
Mix 50:50 white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist. Set out to dry overnight. I use the 50/50 mixture between removing the liner and tossing in the gentle cycle of the washing machine. The vinegar does a great job of removing odors.
Thanks for this.
I tried the chemicals like fabreeze and shoe deodorants and they did zero.
Only amplifies the smell the next sweat out in the helmet.

I poured a litre of white vinegar and a litre of water and soaked out the whole interior of the helmet.
The smell was immediately gone and left the foam/rubber smell that I remember when it was new but I need to let it dry fully until I know if it's done the job.

Thanks again.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:00 pm quote
I like to use Lemon Joy dish detergent. Woolite is good as well.
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:24 pm quote
This is funny. I guess my smell is irresistible for some.
I couldn't find the other helmet to treat for stink and my wife said she saw our old golden retriever with it in his mouth and rubbing himself all over it a few weeks back. Great. She thought I had a new one so I wouldn't mind if he enjoyed my old one.

Hmmmm.
I won't be leaving them on the ground in the sun again.

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Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:52 am quote
You also might try Baking Soda as it will work to absorb the odors.
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Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:15 am quote
mickfitz76 wrote:
This is funny. I guess my smell is irresistible for some.
I couldn't find the other helmet to treat for stink and my wife said she saw our old golden retriever with it in his mouth and rubbing himself all over it a few weeks back. Great. She thought I had a new one so I wouldn't mind if he enjoyed my old one.

Hmmmm.
I won't be leaving them on the ground in the sun again.
But did the dog sakiva cure the stink?
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Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:59 am quote
lostboater wrote:
mickfitz76 wrote:
This is funny. I guess my smell is irresistible for some.
I couldn't find the other helmet to treat for stink and my wife said she saw our old golden retriever with it in his mouth and rubbing himself all over it a few weeks back. Great. She thought I had a new one so I wouldn't mind if he enjoyed my old one.

Hmmmm.
I won't be leaving them on the ground in the sun again.
But did the dog sakiva cure the stink?
Lol. Nope.
Saliva, dirt and rain only added to the horror. It's not salvageable.
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