One of the best parts about winter are the outdoor sports and activities that come with it! Nothing beats the adrenaline rush of racing down a mountain or the joy of skating around an ice rink as Christmas music plays. Weathering the snow and ice isn’t an easy feat, so proper gear and clothing are vital in staying warm and being prepared. We have a few helpful tips that will allow you to extend the life of your winter gear with proper cleaning and maintenance.

A lot of heavy-duty equipment is used during this time of year — think hockey gear, skiing and snowboarding equipment and ice skates. These items take up a lot of room, and you’ll want to take good care of them. Have a designated storage space for all your gear to avoid clutter and to protect against any unwanted damage, both in the home and on the go. Heading to the slopes? This durable and extendable bag is perfect for housing boots, goggles, gloves and any other gear you need on the mountain. Plus, it fits in an overhead compartment!

It’s no surprise that with heavy snow, ice and colder temperatures, you’ll need warm and waterproof clothing. Cleaning and maintaining heavy coats and parkas, snow pants, scarves, hats and gloves is important to make sure you stay warm all winter long. While you don’t have to wash these items every day, you’ll want to clean them from time to time to avoid the musty smells that can build up from frequent wear. FunkAway’s Laundry Detergent Booster is the perfect companion to combat sweaty odors. Just use a cap or two of the booster with your everyday detergent for maximum odor elimination. Remember to let waterproof items air dry to extend their life.

Winter boots are used on a weekly, or even daily basis, in some areas with harsh conditions. To prevent damage to boots, apply a waterproof protector to guard against stains and salts at the beginning of the winter season. You can even reapply halfway during the season for extra care.

To combat the smells that build up over time, simply spray FunkAway on the inside and outside of your snow boots and let them air dry. The odor eliminating spray is also perfect for eliminating the odors in ice skates! Take the Traveler wherever you may be going, to the hockey rink, to the slopes, etc. to keep your family funk free.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the winter wonderland without the worry and even save money by extending the life of cold weather clothing and gear for years to come. What are your favorite winter sports to play or watch? Leave a comment below.

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