How To Clean Goalie Gear

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How do I clean my goalie gear? What’s the best way to clean my goalie equipment?

We’ve been asked these questions literally thousands of times here at Goalie Coaches. The short answer is, get ready to get a bit smelly. Cleaning your goalie equipment is a challenge, there’s a reason goalies don’t do it often.

And nope, it’s not because we’re extremely lazy.

How to clean goalie gear 101

  • Fill tub with hot water
  • Add oxyclean to tub
  • Mix water and oxyclean
  • Put all gear you’d like washed in tub
  • Soak for 10-15 minutes
  • Remove gear from tub, drain water
  • Repeat

Easier said than done, yeah? We’ll go over what this looks like in detail below.

Here’s how to clean goalie gear

Cleaning your goalie pads is not actually that challenging. It’s just really, really smelly. And there’s not really a best time to clean goalie gear either. It’s just like, oh you know, whenever you get around to it.

Generally speaking though, we recommend cleaning your goalie gear at the end of the season. The easiest way to clean your gear is by filling your bathtub with hot water and soaking everything in oxyclean.

Believe it or not, oxyclean is the single most effective way to clean goalie gear outside of a commercial cleaning station.

There are 7 steps to cleaning your equipment.

Fill tub with hot water

This should be pretty self explanatory. Fill your tub with hot water. You’re going to want to make sure it’s pretty full in order to submerge all of your equipment.

Do not put clean your goalie pads and or your goalie gloves in the tub. 

Add oxyclean to tub

Generally speaking, I like to do about 3-4 tablespoons of oxyclean in the hot water. Some will say more, some will say less. Honestly, I like the idea of going a bit less and not having the chance of a ton of residue or smell on the gear afterwards.

And, you can always add more later because this is going to take more than just one time. Believe me.

Mix water and oxyclean

Mix everything up.

Put all gear you’d like washed in tub


No goalie pads and goalie gloves in the water.

Even though they’re made to get soaking wet, there are other ways to clean them. Do not, I beg you, do not clean your goalie pads / gloves by submerging them in the tub.

Soak for 10-15 minutes

Make sure the gear is completely under the water (you may have to add some heavy weights on top) and soak for 10 minutes or so.

Remove gear from tub, drain water 

Remove the gear and drain the tub water. I would probably keep the gear in the tub at this point since it’s soaking wet.


Rinse the gear off, literally, and repeat the process until the tub water is no longer brown / black.

Related: How To Break In A Goalie Glove

That’s how you clean your goalie pads

Sound like a process? That’s because it is. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, cleaning your gear is a little bit of a process. It’s not easy, it’s labor intensive and it doesn’t smell the greatest.

Like this article? Check out another you may find interesting, how to break in a goalie glove.

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