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Washing Guide for Ski & Snowboarding Gear

January 19, 2024

Ski gear should be washed at least twice a season. That will keep odors at bay by eliminating contaminants that are present.

Not only that but it’ll also preserve your gear’s functionality and extend its lifespan.

What’s the best way to wash a ski jacket? Can you wash them together with ski pants? What kind of products should you use?

For the answers, be sure to keep reading. We’ll be going over how to wash ski gear in detail below.

How to Wash Your Ski and Snowboarding Gear

Ski jackets and waterproof clothing in general can be washed a couple of different ways. Here’s what you need to know.

Putting Your Snow Gear In the Washer

how to wash ski and snowboarding gearMake sure your jacket pockets are empty before you throw them in the wash.

Zip up the zippers and close any flaps; that will prevent the parts from being damaged during the wash cycle.

Tip: It’s best to wash ski jackets separately from your other clothes to prevent them from becoming damaged.

Add one scoop of ACTIVE Detergent into the washer basin and put your jackets into the washing machine.

Select a gentle cycle and wash everything with cold water. Avoid hot water as it can damage the fabrics. When in doubt, check the care instructions label on the inside of your jacket.

Do not use bleach. Fabric softener should also be avoided as it can ruin the moisture-wicking finish of the outer layer.

Remove your ski/snowboarding jacket from the washer once the cycle is finished and let it air dry on a clothesline.

In some cases, you may also be able to tumble dry on low heat.

Washing Your Ski/Snowboarding Jacket by Hand

Start by filling the tub with cold water (you can also use a sink as long as your jacket fits).

Pour a scoop of ACTIVE Detergent into the water and mix with your hand – you should get a soapy solution. Put your jacket in the tub once you’ve double-checked that there is nothing in the pockets.

Press down lightly to submerge all of the fabric in the detergent water. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

how to hand wash ski and snowboarding gearRinse it under running water afterward to get rid of the detergent. If necessary, you can drain the dirty water from the tub and refill it with clean water to remove excess soap suds.

Gently squeeze out the excess water once it’s clean. Avoid twisting or wringing the jacket as that can damage the durable water-repellent layers.

Allow the jacket to air dry on a clothesline. In some cases, you might be able to put it in the dryer on low heat.

Removing Stains From Your Ski/Snowboarding Jacket

Pour a small amount of ACTIVE Detergent into a small bowl. Add a little bit of warm water and mix to create a mixture.

Dampen an old toothbrush (or other soft-bristle brush) with the solution and dab it onto the stained area. Gently rub it in and let it saturate the spot. Leave it for 30 minutes.

Rinse off the mixture and check the stain. Repeat the above steps if it is still visible. Once it’s gone, you can machine wash or hand wash the item as normal.

Washing Instructions for Snow Pants

Are Snow Pants Machine Washable?

can you wash snow pants in the washerYes, they are. Start by making sure nothing is left in the pockets. Remove any lift tickets or passes as they can accumulate on the fabric.

Close all of the fasteners; this includes zippers, velcro, flaps, and snaps. That will prevent potential tearing or snagging. Untie any elastic drawcords.

Pour a scoop of ACTIVE Detergent into the machine and load your snow pants in. Wash with cold water on a delicate cycle. Avoid hot water for the same reasons mentioned earlier. Avoid bleach; the chemical can strip the waterproof coating. Fabric softeners should also be avoided.

Take your snow pants out once the washing is complete and allow them to air dry on a clothesline. Depending on the material that it’s made out of, you might be able to get away with putting it in the dryer on low heat.

Washing Your Snow Pants by Hand

Fill a tub or sink with cold water. Mix in a scoop of ACTIVE Detergent until you see soap bubbles. Carefully place your snow pants in the mixture. Swish them around so that all of the fabric is submerged and wet. Let it sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes.

Swirl them a few times before removing the detergent – you can do that by putting it under running water. Alternatively, you can refill the sink with plain water and rinse them that way.

Given how thick snow pants are, you’ll probably have to do this a few times to get rid of all of the soap residue.

Transfer them to a clean surface when you’re finished washing. Remove some of the excess water with a towel before letting the snow pants air dry. Do not put them under sunlight; the heat can damage the waterproof finish.

How to Clean Ski and Snowboarding Hats and Gloves

Hats and gloves can be washed by hand or tossed in the machine.

Washing Hats and Gloves in the Machine

how to wash winter hats and glovesBefore you throw them in the washer, double-check the care instruction label first; some materials might not be machine washable.

Having said that, most will do fine in the washer. Just remember, it never hurts to put them in a mesh laundry bag; that way, they’ll be kept together during the cycle.

As always, you want to add a scoop of ACTIVE Detergent and wash on a delicate cycle. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners. Take your hats and gloves out once the cycle is complete and hang them up to dry.

Avoid putting them in the dryer as the heat can cause them to shrink.

Hand Washing Your Hats and Gloves

Fill a small container or the sink with cold water and mix in a scoop of ACTIVE Detergent. Press the items into the mixture—make sure that all of the material is submerged. Let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes.

Swirl the items a few times before picking them up. Gently squeeze out the excess water; do not wring them like a towel as that can damage the fabric.

Hang them up to dry.

Best Way to Deodorize & Clean Ski/Snowboarding Boots

Boots aren’t cheap—keeping them clean will allow them to last a long time.

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Using ACTIVE Detergent and Vinegar

The first step is to remove the liners from your boots. Allow them to dry; you do not want them to be wet as that can cause odors to develop.

Next, fill a sink with warm water. Add a small amount of ACTIVE Detergent as well as one cup of white vinegar, the latter will help to get rid of odors.

Soak the liners in the mixture for at least 30 minutes; that will give the detergent time to dissolve the sweat and dirt.

Meanwhile, use a damp sponge to clean the outside of your boots. Wipe them dry afterward. Check on your liners—put them under running water to get rid of the detergent; continue until the water turns clear.

Place them on a towel and allow them to air dry.

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Sophia Grant

Sophia Grant brings her extensive knowledge of laundry and clothing care to the masses with her intensive cleaning guides. Her thorough understanding of fabrics, detergents, and washing techniques helps readers master the art of maintaining their wardrobe. Sophia's advice ensures that anyone can achieve professional-level results at home, keeping their garments looking pristine and lasting longer.

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