How to Clean a Cycling Helmet

by Sam Kellenberg
Bike helmets should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly.

Bike helmets should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly.

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Bicycle helmets can get dirty through repeated exposure to road conditions, wind and rain. Some bicycle helmets must be cleaned according to their manufacturer's instructions, which may advise for or against certain cleaning materials, procedures or products. However, most helmets can be safely cleaned using dishwashing liquid.

Items you will need

  • Sponge
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Towel
Step 1

Fill a sink or bucket with warm water, adding a drop or two of dishwashing soap while it is filling.

Step 2

Dip a sponge into the water. A sponge with both a soft and abrasive side may help get any dried-on matter off the helmet. Wring the excess water from the sponge.

Step 3

Rub the surface of the helmet slowly and methodically to remove any grime and dirt. After every few passes of the sponge, dip the sponge into the soapy water and then resume scrubbing.

Step 4

Pour out the soapy water and fill your bucket or sink with clean water after the helmet has been completely scrubbed. Thoroughly rinse the soapy water from your helmet with clean water.

Step 5

Dry your helmet with the towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keeping the interior of a helmet clean can be easily done with a helmet liner, which is removable and can be washed. The interior of a helmet can also be freshened with various spray products available in sports supply and athletic gear stores.
  • Never use harsh cleaning chemicals or solvents on your helmet, as they may dissolve or weaken the foam or other components of the helmet. Likewise, never put your helmet in a washer, dryer or dishwasher.

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