Gear Cleaning Time!

In addition to sewing and knitting, I also play roller derby.

Me in my pink helmet-and-kneepads glory

Me in my pink helmet-and-kneepads glory

For those of you who don't know, derby girls are known for having incredibly stinky gear. Incredibly stinky gear. I don't get it and I don't like it. There are some girls who are actually proud of how stinky their gear get and I reaallllly don't understand that. Last May I attended Northeast Derby Convention and during a workshop, there was one girl who smelled so bad that I swear to God, everyone was slowly backing away from her throughout the entire workshop and the entire time I felt like I was going to barf; but I digress. The point is one of my small goals in my derby career is to be known as the girl who always has nice smelling gear. And, since this weekend is the WFTDA Championship weekend, it seemed fitting to spend a little time washing my pads and doing a little skate maintenance.

I've had really good luck with Purex; I fill up a tub with hot water, a little detergent, and let it soak for a while.

I've had really good luck with Purex; I fill up a tub with hot water, a little detergent, and let it soak for a while.

After the bubbles have died down... Ew. Look at how dirty that water is!

After the bubbles have died down... Ew. Look at how dirty that water is!

After I've let my pads soak, I rinse off each pad under the faucet until the water runs clear, then I set them all on a rack with a towel underneath to drip dry.

And I have to do a little bit of a product plug here for Martinsville Soapworks Odor Eliminators (it doesn't look like it's available to purchase online?). It does WONDERS for keeping my gear smelling fresh between washes.

But in addition to washing gear, I also decided to clean my bearings:

I also cleaned my wheels using Sonic Grip Juice, AND I even polished my skates.

Before

Before

And what the hey, I'll put new laces in while I'm at it.

After; the white polish is still a little damp on the one white stripe but that's okay.

After; the white polish is still a little damp on the one white stripe but that's okay.

Overall while I didn't do much sewing or knitting, I had a great day of watching champs and giving some TLC to my skates and gear.