Asked by: Hao Muggenthalersports surfing and bodyboarding
Does neoprene have a smell?
Last Updated: 20th May, 2020
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Furthermore, how do I stop my wetsuit from smelling?
Then recently I came across another easier way ofgettingrid of the smell. Once every couple weeks, throwyourwetsuit in a tub of fresh warm water (not hot) with acoupleof caps of dishwashing detergent. Wash it and the detergentwillbreak down the body oils and wash away the bacteria that leadstosmelliness.
Also, why does my wetsuit smell? The smell is also the result of a normalsweat,body oils and odors that our bodies produce. All of theaboveare breeding grounds for the bacteria, which arethecause for that smell bad in your wetsuit. Theotherreason for that terrible odor in a wetsuit isoftencaused by going pee-pee in your wetsuit.
Regarding this, is neoprene dangerous to wear?
Neoprene is mostly safe, as it's usuallyinthe manufacturing of neoprene that harmful toxinscanbe released, and when the material is burned it can alsoreleasedangerous hydrogen chloride into the air. However,unless youare already allergic to neoprene, it's generallyconsideredto be safe to wear for most people.
What can I clean my wetsuit with?
- Salt water and especially chlorine can "dry out" theneoprenematerial.
- Soak the wetsuit in a tub of warm fresh water (notover120°F) for at least 15-20 minutes.
- After soaking, thoroughly hose off the wetsuit withfreshwater.