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Five tips to keep it from whipping in your helmet

Do you remember when your motorcycle helmet smelled like new? If it's just a distant memory, then these tips for limiting the appearance of bad odors in your helmet could be useful to you. You will see, a helmet that flatters the nostrils is within everyone's reach!
Warning to the faint of heart: This article talks about bacteria, mold and oily hair...

1 – Do not store your gloves in the helmet

The interior fabric of motorcycle helmets is generally made from an anti-bacterial material. No miracle either: if this textile limits the appearance of bad odors, they will still end up showing up one day... Delay the phenomenon as much as possible by avoiding slipping anything other than your head inside. Starting with your gloves: exposed to bad weather, impregnated with dust, exhaust gas residues and germs carried by the wind, sometimes still damp, the gloves deposit their filthy spoils against the interior textile of the helmet. The bacteria that causes the foul odor love it.

Gloves in the helmet? Bad idea !

Gloves in the helmet? Bad idea !

2 – Dry your helmet well between two motorcycle rides

When you ride, breathing and perspiration moisten the inside of the helmet. It is even the main problem of MotoGP riders… In winter, water condenses against the cap, while in summer, it permeates more of the moss in contact with your skull. When you arrive at your destination, try to leave the helmet screen open and place it for a few hours in a sufficiently ventilated place (not a cupboard, that is). Then store it in its cover in its usual location, protected from shocks and dust. By preventing humidity from staying inside for a long time, you limit the proliferation of bacteria and mold. And dry air also helps to naturally drive away any strong odor that may reside there.

Upper ventilation of a Schuberth C5 helmet

Open the top vents of your helmet and let the air do its thing

3 – Let a stream of air circulate in the helmet

Another ventilation point! Leave the front ventilation of your helmet open as often as possible. Thus, air circulates in the upper channels, expels humidity and sanitizes the inside of the helmet. Fresh air is also a good antibacterial, as the Covid crisis has taught us.

Motorcycle helmet cleaning

Helmet cleaning products sanitize without damaging

4 – Wash the inside of your helmet regularly

And when I talk about interiors, I of course mean removable foams, but also those that remain permanently as well as the polystyrene to which you have access! The cap and its peripherals are generally designed to be machine-washable. Take a look at the manufacturer's cleaning recommendations, detailed in the booklet supplied with your helmet. For most brands, at 30°C in a delicate machine cycle with a detergent for fragile fabrics, it works (see our helmet cleaning tutorial). Then put it all out to dry in the open air. In extreme cases, at the end of drying, you can also place the moss in the sun to benefit from the bactericidal power of UV.
For the rest of the helmet, a wipe with a clean microfiber cloth accompanied by a special helmet cleaning product will complete the job. Avoid detergents and other solvents that can destroy the ePS cap and other assembly glues. A shot of menthol/lavender/lemon spray (delete where applicable) can also be beneficial.
What does regular mean? In fact, it all depends on your use. In intensive use, once a month can be consistent, compared to once a year for more occasional use. Up to you. At worst, let your nostrils decide for you!

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motorcycle balaclava

The hood also keeps the helmet clean

5 – Wear a balaclava

It's a bit of a neat freak's solution. Our noble face remains a notorious vector of not-so-great things to keep your helmet free of bad odors. The hood (or an equivalent) limits contact between hair, skin and interior fabric. And it's easy to machine wash. Finally, it is a useful addition to the insulation issue a good part of the year.

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I hope these tips help you improve the olfactory ambiance in your headphones. If you have favorite products for maintaining and perfuming the foam on your helmet, don't hesitate to share them in the comments!

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Editor and tester for Motoblouz , I am an unconditional fan of roads with bends. For me, the motorcycle is a means of escape as well as a means of transport.

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