Muc-Off Odor Control Spray is an easy way to defuse your smelly cycling gear. Just spray it on, let it dry, and you’ll be rewarded with a slightly nicer, albeit slightly chemical, smell afterwards. The spray is a good choice when your equipment needs a quick fix and when you are away from home. It’s not a replacement for putting things in the wash, for a good scrub, but it’s great for items you want to avoid putting in a washing machine, like your best Sunday shoes.
Muc-Off claims that its 250ml bottle of odor control spray contains a “triple effect odor remover using SILVERPLUS silver ion technology”, designed to neutralize all bacteria found in tissue.
The spray can be used safely on all kinds of fabrics, including suede, cotton, and softshell, and can be used on socks, shoes, body armor, liners and gloves. Muc-Off says that each application will keep your kit fresh for three to six months, depending on how often you use it and the type of climate.
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In testing, it worked quite well. I tested it on the worst offenders in my house i.e. helmet liners. I applied it to two helmet liners, one of which has only been used for a few months so is not that bad, and one that I have been using for a few years now.
The lining of the latter has not been machine washed for some time. I also tried it on the liner of my motorcycle helmet, which hasn’t been washed properly for about a year, only because it’s harder to remove, so it’s really kinda awesome.
For the best results, you should shake the bottle well, apply liberally, then wait 24 hours to make sure it is dry. The spray contains sodium decussate, ethanol and silver chloride, so the smell is a bit pungent. You really don’t want to breathe too much, and you probably don’t want to get in your eyes (drinking it wouldn’t be too good either).
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On all three helmets, there was a marked improvement. I repeated the process twice on the motorcycle helmet as I felt the first pass could be improved.
There is still a slight odor left on the old bicycle helmet and motorcycle helmet, but it is possible that a smell could be coming from the helmet itself, not the liner.
While there is a decrease in the smell of sweat after one application, the only downside is that you are left with a slight chemical odor – no wonder, given the contents of the vial.
Is it worth your £ 12? Well, it’s definitely not cheap, but if you’re liberal with how often you use the spray, it will last you quite a long time. And, as I mentioned above, it’s handy in addition to regular washing.
There aren’t many cycling specific kit air fresheners out there, as you might imagine. It’s been around for a few years now, but Muc-Off also still offers its Foam Fresh shoe and helmet deodorizer. That’s £ 7.99 for a 400ml can of pressurized foam, which Stu has found to be very effective in relieving your kit. Plus, it’s cheaper than Muc-Off’s more modern alternative, but you’ll likely switch to it a bit faster.
A much cheaper alternative to anti-odor spray is Dettol’s Spray and Wear Cotton Fabric deodorant. Looking at the ingredient list, this one also contains ethanol, but also isopropanol and a meager serving of citric acid. He says it’s for cotton fabrics, but at just £ 2.99 for 250ml it might be worth a try, if that’s your thing.
Personally, I’d be happy to continue cleaning most of my kit with my usual eco-friendly washing liquid, although sometimes it’s nice not to have to cycle just for a single helmet liner. In theory, washing less and spraying more means your kit can last a bit longer as well. Plus, I appreciate that it’s handy for the occasional quick de-funk when you’re busy.
Easy way to make smelly cycling kit a little more bearable between washes
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Brand and model : Muc-Off anti-odor spray
Tell us what the product is for and who it is for. What do the manufacturers say? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Muc-Off says, “Did you grind so hard your kit started to smell?” You need the Muc-Off anti-odor spray!
It is ideal for removing odors caused by bacteria from helmet liners, bulletproof vests, shoe linings, gloves, pads or any other soft material, synthetic fiber or textile that comes in contact with your skin and begins to feel over time.
Our spray leaves a long-lasting hygienic finish that instantly refreshes your gear. It is perfect for travel use, to protect you and your kit when used repeatedly and cannot be washed on the go.
Not only will this keep your kit from smelling like a dumpster, it will even help it last longer! “
Tell us a little more about the technical aspects of the product?
Triple effect air freshener using SILVERPLUS® silver ion technology
Effective against odors caused by bacteria for functional freshness
Fits and can be used safely on most riding equipment and textiles (technical, sports clothing, socks, shoes, bulletproof vests, protectors, linings, bulletproof vests and textile or leather gloves)
Suitable for use on leather / suede / cotton / polycotton / softshell / technical / synthetic fabrics *
Gentle on tissue and skin when dry
Provides freshness for up to 10 washes
Perfect for staying clean and cool during times of intense activity such as multi-day bike park sessions or adventure races when it is more difficult to wash your kit
Easy to use spray on application in a 250 ml spray bottle
Rate the product for build quality:
As far as plastic bottles go, that’s pretty decent. The trigger spray is nice too.
Rate the product for its performance:
Works well enough to reduce bad odors.
Rate the product for its durability:
Muc-Off says that each application will keep your kit fresh for 3-6 months. After a few rides my headphones seemed to smell good, but I was unable to test them for the claimed window of freshness. I still have doubts.
Rate the product for its comfort (if applicable)
Easy to hold, the spray trigger is comfortable to use.
Evaluate the product for its value:
It’s not cheap, but as long as you don’t water everything in it, it should last about six months, I believe.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its intended purpose
It is designed to eliminate bad odors from your kit. I would rate it quite successful – odors are definitely reduced. A pleasant smell after application would have been appreciable; it’s a bit chemical for my taste.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It’s a quick and easy way to refresh your cycling stuff.
Tell us what you didn’t particularly like about the product
Ingredients and chemical after-odor.
How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
It’s more expensive than Muc-Off’s old Foam & Fresh product, but I think it will last a lot longer. Dettol offers a similar product in the form of Spray and Wear Cotton Fabric Clothes Freshener, which is a fraction of the price of Spray Anti-Odor, for the same size bottle. But he says it’s made just for cotton, which obviously you don’t tend to find in cycling clothing.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider purchasing the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No
Use this box to explain your overall score
A good enough product to reduce foul-smelling cycling kits, although it certainly doesn’t replace washing your clothes properly. The after-odor also needs a bit of improvement, in my opinion. It’s a bit pricey, but it should last a while.
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