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post #1 of 20 Old Oct 19th, 2014, 11:36 am Thread Starter
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My old Nolan had a removable liner that I could just throw in the washing machine & hang to dry. It never smelled very bad as I washed it 2 or 3 times a year. My Shoei smells very bad after 2 years in use but there is no way to remove the liner to wash it. I alway leave the face bar & shield open for hours or even days after I ride bur the smell is still there,. I've tried Fabreeze spray & it does not help. What can I do beside buy a new helmet to get the smell out?

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post #2 of 20 Old Oct 19th, 2014, 11:55 am
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You can try one of the products that neutralizes pet odors.
Had a friend that swore by it but I never tried it.
I stated wearing a skull cap, like the football players wear, under my helmet to prevent stink.
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+1 on wearing a bandana or skull cap. Keeps the helmet much fresher.

Maybe one of those Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Fridge Packets inside and sealing the helmet with Saran wrap will,draw out some of the stank. Might be worth a try before adding a lot of sprays in there.

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Bath once in a while...

Helmet Deodorizer at Motorcycle Superstore

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Thanks David, Just ordered a can.

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I've read posts of washing a helmet in the dishwasher. But don't use the heated dry cycle.

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I remove what I can, close all vents and wash it by hand in the wash tubb.
Baby shampoo and warm water, rinse good and blot with a towel. Set in front of a fan until dry, lube hinges, put rubber treatment on the seal and you are good to go. I wear a LDComfort skull cap and that really helps.


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Thanks David, Just ordered a can.
The Deodorizer came in the other day and I tried it out. I removed the cheek pads then sprayed the liner & cheek pads down. Waited about 30 minutes as the instructions only said "let foam work" then wiped everything off with a dry cloth. 90% of the smell is gone so I'll spray it down again in the next few days but this seams to work very good.
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In the future wear a Head Slik or similar helmet liner and the problem will be solved. Check out this article; Coolmax vs. Sliks Helmet Liner - webBikeWorld
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The Deodorizer came in the other day and I tried it out. I removed the cheek pads then sprayed the liner & cheek pads down. Waited about 30 minutes as the instructions only said "let foam work" then wiped everything off with a dry cloth. 90% of the smell is gone so I'll spray it down again in the next few days but this seams to work very good.
Glad it's working for you. Their is a couple of similar products out there, I spray mine down after a couple of rides and seems to keep the helmet smelling....like nothing lol I think the idea is to kill the bacteria which causes odor and not mask it with Tooty-fruity/Pineforest/New car smell

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In the future wear a Head Slik or similar helmet liner and the problem will be solved. Check out this article; Coolmax vs. Sliks Helmet Liner - webBikeWorld
+1 on the Slik helmet liners. I've worn them (and a similar brand) for several years and several helmets. Just throw it in the laundry - even easier than removing a removable liner, which requires reinstallation after cleaning.

And if you end up using any product intended as a pet deodorizer, don't let us know because that's a target-rich environment for some good-natured ribbing.

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+1 on the Slik helmet liners. I've worn them (and a similar brand) for several years and several helmets. Just throw it in the laundry - even easier than removing a removable liner, which requires reinstallation after cleaning.

And if you end up using any product intended as a pet deodorizer, don't let us know because that's a target-rich environment for some good-natured ribbing.
Since Silks are out of business & are no longer available, what brand do you use?
I picked up a no name brand at my local multi brand bike shop but it is too thick and make putting on & taking off my helmet difficult.

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Zan Headgear Coolmax Helmet Liner - Motorcycle Superstore

I use one like this but a different brand. I also have a cold weather one that will cover my neck. I like them and it's easy to throw the liner into the washer instead of trying to unsnap the liner out of the helmet.

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Motorcycle Helmet Liners for Men and Women - End Helmet Hair Now

I use the Wick It helmet liner. Very thin and comfortable.

Have been using for a few years.
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Since Silks are out of business & are no longer available, what brand do you use?
I picked up a no name brand at my local multi brand bike shop but it is too thick and make putting on & taking off my helmet difficult.
Good question. The one I have doesn't have a tag or any identifying info on it. If it helps: I bought it at Sierra Electronics; they are a m/c comms/helmet dealer with a large online and phone business, operating out of Troy, Ohio.

edit: I did a little checking of my notes and found this on Sierra's site. Pretty sure this is it.

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I have used Woolite cleaner. Always hand wash my helmit liners. In the case of non removable liners you have no choice but to wash in the kitchen sink.
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I've read posts of washing a helmet in the dishwasher. But don't use the heated dry cycle.
I used to do this all the time, prior to removable liners. In the low heat gentle cycle. Always worked great. Of course no electronics in the helmet at that time.

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I'm a little late on this one but I have a Shoei as well.

At one time I used Dawn antibacterial hand soap on my liners. Rinsed the soap out and then left the helmet in the open for a few days to dry. Result - clean fresh smelling helmet. Antibacterial soaps seem not to be as available as they once were due to the controversy over the chemical triclosan.

I now use plain hand soap, same procedure and same result. The only down side has been the time necessary to allow the helmet to dry naturally.
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+1 on your method and laundry detergent works well also.

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