Proper knee sleeve care by Freddy C
How do you get the funk out of your knee sleeves?
First understand why your knee sleeves tend to take on a foul odor after awhile. It’s a bacteria. No more simple explanation than that. You get your knee sleeves all sweaty, then you throw them into your gym bag or the trunk of your car. They dry in the dark, a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It doesn’t help that they are neoprene and hold onto all that bacteria like a sponge.
To avoid knee sleeve funk, the first thing you need to do is let your knee sleeves sit out as long as possible in order to dry. I got myself one of theses straps from andersonsupplyco.com:
The strap clips onto my bag and allows my knee sleeves to hang off the bag without being on the shoulder strap. I hate having my sweaty ass knee sleeves on my shoulder strap. Nasty!
So what about getting the funk out of your knee sleeves once they start stinking? You can throw them in the washing machine. They will smell great for about one or two workouts. Unfortunately, the washing machine doesn’t get hot enough to kill the bacteria that causes the stink. You need to boil your knee sleeves. It’s a simple process and it will leave your knee sleeves smelling fine for months.
Step #1- Place your knee sleeves in a large pot and find something to weigh them down. Neoprene is extremely buoyant, so you need to make sure they don’t float out of the water at boil. I use a few river rocks:
Step #2: Fill the pot with water and bring to a boil:
Step #3: As soon as the water reaches a boil, turn off the heat. Add a little dish soap to the water and let it cool. Once the water has cooled (I just let it sit overnight), remove your sleeves form the water and let them dry. They will be like brand new.
Some peeps have some EPIC knee sleeve stink. Boil them! So easy and so effective.
Original article here.