How to Clean a Skateboard Helmet

Skateboarding is an extreme sport that can really make you sweat because of the attention it needs from your whole body. Other than the fact that you should bend your knees and tighten your ankles, your upper body should also take part to control the direction you’re going.

On top of that, what if it’s a sunny day? Even the best skateboard helmets will feel like an oven. The result is a liner soaked in sweat.

Since grime can’t be avoided as well, you need to learn how to clean a skateboard helmet. You should pay attention to every component, even the straps. After this tutorial, you won’t be dealing with a smelly helmet anymore.

The Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean a Skateboard Helmet

The entire process is super-easy. Just use shampoo, warm water, and a washcloth or sponge. For stains and stubborn odor, you only need rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. You may even use vodka to neutralize odor.

All of those materials can be found in your home, so there’s no more excuse for your skateboard helmet to be so smelly.

After gathering the materials, do the following steps:

  1. Pour warm water into a bowl.
  2. Add a small amount of shampoo.
  3. Soak the sponge or washcloth in the soapy water.
  4. Gently squeeze out excess water from the sponge or washcloth (continue pumping the sponge for suds).
  5. Scrub the helmet’s liner with the soapy sponge or washcloth.
  6. Rinse off the soap with a clean damp sponge or washcloth.
  7. Repeat Steps 3 to 6 for the helmet’s straps and shell.
  8. Rub the straps with alcohol if they have stains.
  9. Wipe the helmet dry with a clean towel.
  10. Air-dry the helmet with a towel in its cavity to absorb the liner’s moisture.

Just a reminder: don’t use chemical products that can “eliminate” odor. They have a strong scent that will only mix with the horrible smell of sweaty helmets.

The best way is to neutralize the odor, not conceal it. That’s why it’s more effective to spray the helmet with vodka or white vinegar.


When you clean a skateboard helmet, you don’t have to put a lot of effort into it. The process will only take a few minutes. The drying part can take a whole day, but that’s only a small sacrifice to keep your helmet clean and odor-free.

See, you don’t have to buy stuff for thorough cleaning. Use what your household has and clean a skateboard helmet with simple rubbing.