Disinfecting baseball gear is essential if you want to knock germs out of the park. Outbreaks of infections like staph/MRSA, COVID-19 and the flu are common among little leagues, schools and athletic programs, as well as college, pro teams, softball and travel baseball. It’s very important to fully clean every item of equipment with a baseball disinfectant spray like Clear Gear that kills germs but won’t damage or corrode equipment.
Here’s some of our favorite tips for disinfecting baseball gear.
Gloves are an essential piece of baseball equipment that affect a player’s game, which makes their cleaning and disinfection a priority. Start by wiping away dirt and grime and then spray gloves with a non-bleach disinfectant like Clear Gear that won’t cause damage. Spray them inside and out to kill odors and prevent germs from breeding. You may also want to use a glove conditioning oil from time to time to soften and restore the leather they’re made of. Store them somewhere cool and dry to help stave off mold and mildew.
Cleats are absolute breeding grounds for germs with all the dirt, grass and mud they collect during each use. They can also be very difficult to clean—especially when mud is caked on. Remove cleats as soon as you leave the field—walking on hard surfaces like concrete and asphalt surfaces will quickly destroy them. Then hit them together—cleat against cleat—to remove excess dirt and mud. Next, spray and wipe them, inside and out, with Clear Gear baseball disinfectant spray to kill germs and odors immediately. If necessary, scrub away excess dirt and mud with a stiff brush. When you get home, apply a mixture of laundry detergent and water with a washcloth or toothbrush to eliminate any stains. Rinse them off and then pat dry with a towel. Spray the cleats again with Clear Gear and let them dry at room temperature.
3. Catcher’s Gear
While most baseball players wear minimal gear, catchers require extra protection. Remove all catcher’s gear immediately after each use and spray with Clear Gear non-bleach disinfectant, which won’t corrode or cause damage. Hit everything from the mask and chest protector to the shin guards and uniform. Pro tip: Follow the same instructions for umpires’ protective gear.
4. Batting Helmets
Remove helmets as soon as practice or the game is over—otherwise they just provide a sweaty environment where germs thrive. If the interior padding is removable, take it out and spray with baseball disinfectant spray. If the padding isn’t removable, spray directly inside the helmet—just be sure you only use a non-bleach disinfectant like Clear Gear that won’t leave behind noxious fumes or cause damage. Pay special attention to the crown of the helmet and its crevices. Allow the helmet to dry completely before using it again.
5. Baseball Bats
A baseball bat can be another heavy hitter when it comes to germs due to all the hands that touch it. The good news is—disinfecting baseball gear is easy. Wipe off dirt and debris and then spray with athletic gear disinfectant, with extra emphasis on the bat’s grip. Let it fully air dry before its next use.
6. Baseball Uniforms
Remove uniforms immediately after practice and games and spray them with Clear Gear. This will treat germs and help kill odors at the source. Let this powerful disinfectant sink in for five minutes or longer and then wash them in the laundry machine.
Don’t let germs throw a curve ball into your season. Follow these steps for all schools and athletic programs for all ages—germs don’t discriminate!