How To Clean a Motorcycle Helmet?

How to Clean Bike Helmet

How’s it going, riders? What’s you’ve been up to lately? Finding a way to clean your motorbike helmet? You’ve landed at the right place, so let’s get started.

The main job of a motorcycle helmet is to protect your head from any impact, and that’s why you have to wear your helmet every time you ride.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if you are a long-time rider or a starter; it gets dirty and smelly after a certain amount of use. Besides, there are bug guts that you’ll find covering the shell and visor.

Not only it looks gross on the outside, but it also smells horrible because of the sweat and dirt inside of the helmet. These will eventually damage the helmet, and that’s what you don’t want. So, it’s important to clean this undividable partner of your motorcycle from time to time.

You’ll find many cleaning methods all over the internet, and some of them are really effective. However, some might damage your special helmet. So, you can be a little bit selective when it comes to choosing a cleaning technique.

How to clean bike helmet at home

The ingredients

The main ingredient we will use to clean the helmet is a baby shampoo or any mild detergent. You’ll also need some Q-tips and a microfiber cloth to remove dirt from difficult places. Don’t use a strong cleaning agent like dishwashing liquid; the helmet might get damaged if you do so. And for the visor, you’ll find our detailed guideline about ‘How to clean helmet visor.’

how to clean motorcycle helmet at home

Step 1

You should remove all the electronic parts like microphones or GoPro cameras from the helmet before washing the helmet. You can also remove inner liners and padding; it’ll make the process easier. And also, remove the visor; different helmet manufacturers have other face shield removal techniques. Then, check out the user manual and get the job done; it’s pretty simple, by the way. 

Step 2

How to Clean Bike Helmet at Home

Sometimes you’ll find dirt and grime caked-up on the outer surface of the helmet. It’s a good idea to loosen them before you start washing. To do that, wet a microfiber cloth or towel with warm water and lay it over the helmet, let it rest for a while.

Try not to scrub it, or you’ll end up having scratches all over the surface; just let it be and let’s move on to the next step.

Step 3

In the removable inner liner, wash it gently with mild non-petroleum-based soap like baby shampoo or mild dish soap. And soak the padding with soap water and wash it with water multiple times. You can use a light laundry detergent or the soap you used to clean the inner liners earlier. Dry these in the open air, avoid using heat like a hairdryer; it might damage the liners.

Things might get a bit confusing when it comes to non-removal inner liner helmets, but rest assured, we’ve got your back. You’ll have to use the best helmet interior cleaner or helmet cleaner spray you can find and clean the helmet. By the way, there’s a detailed post about How to clean non-removal helmet liners, be sure to check that out if you have one of them.

Step 4

Now, it’s time for the exterior; remove the microfiber clothes you put on them earlier, and wipe them with a dry one. You can use shampoo or other non-petroleum-based soaps to clean the surface; if you find a stubborn spot, use a sponge to deal with that.

There are also some motorcycle helmet cleaners available; those will do the job just fine. And finally, wipe the helmet with a light wax, just polish it on the helmet, and you are good to go. You’ll find these cleaner and wax in any motorcycle shop or online.

Step 5

For the vents, use a cotton swab or Q-tips to remove the dirt from the inside. You can also use a compressor to do that, but don’t use water or alcohol material spray; it might damage the helmet.

And finally, when you are done cleaning everything, gently wipe the extra water from the helmet and let it dry for some time. Then, when all the parts are dry, put it together, and it’s ready to use, shinny, and smells fresh.


To be honest, no one likes a smelly and dirty helmet, and its lifetime becomes short if it’s not been cleaned regularly. So, clean your helmet with a microfiber cloth every time you finish your ride and wash it at least once a month. However, you should change the helmet every 5 years and so.

And if your helmet is in a stable condition, you can just wash it up and make it as good as new.

Good day all!

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