How to Clean a Motorcycle Helmet


Learning how to clean a motorcycle helmet is a skill that everyone who owns a bike should acquire. Over time body odor, oil, and dirt gather on the helmet. If you don’t clean it in time, it may impair your visibility.

In addition, a dirty helmet may produce an offensive smell. In such a case you may find it hard to wear the protective headgear for a long time. Cleaning the helmet also prolongs its lifetime. 

Read on the expert’s tips on how to clean the helmet, the pieces of equipment, and materials that you need for the exercise.

Reasons for Cleaning a Motorcycle Helmet

There are several reasons for cleaning a bike helmet. After traveling for a while, both the exterior and interior of the helmet get dirty. Splashes of mud, dirt, oil smudges, birds’ droppings, and accumulation may make the helmet dirty. 

And when the body odor and oil accumulate on the interior parts, they give off an offensive smell that is hard to ignore. 

Further oil smudges and foreign substances stuck on the face shield reduce its visibility. That’s why it’s vital that you keep checking on the helmet and cleaning it periodically. There isn’t any fixed frequency for cleaning the helmet. Instead, keep checking on its status and clean it as often as it gets dirty.

Steps on How to Clean a Motorcycle Helmet

Gather the cleaning items you need

Gather-the-cleaning items-you-need

Assemble all the items you’ll need and put them at a close range

That includes pieces of equipment such as:


Take a clean toothbrush with soft bristles. It will help in removing dirt from hidden places, crooks, and crannies where the cleaning rag finds it hard to access. 

Microfiber Rags

You need a couple of microfiber rags And make sure they are clean and free from any dust particles. Otherwise, the dust will leave ugly marks on the helmet’s exterior, especially the face shield

Warm Water

Regardless of the source you need warm water when preparing to clean a helmet. The warm water loosens the dead bugs or dirt stuck on the helmet without struggle.

Non-Petroleum-Based Cleaning Shampoo

The next item you need is a non-petroleum-based cleaning shampoo. For example, a baby shampoo is helmet-body-friendly

Compressed Air

Compressed air helps you in cleaning the air vents. However, you’ll need to moderate the pressure level. also, keep off compressed air from aerosol cans as they can degrade the EPS liner’s quality

Take Off the Electronic and Other External Accessories


The electronic parts on the helmet shouldn’t get wet. So, you’ll need to remove items such as antennas, Bluetooth communication units, microphones, batteries, and peaks if present. 

Detach the Interior Parts

Take off the interior parts that are removable such as the cheek pads and comfort liners. Different companies have different mechanisms for attaching those parts to the helmet. Some employ snaps, magnets, hooks, and loops.

However, check your manual for the exact way to detach those interior parts. After that place them in a safe place where you can’t step on them

Prepare to Clean the Outer Shell

The outer shell might have bugs and dirt stuck on it. You need to remove those stuck items without leaving scratches. So, dip a clean microfiber in warm water and drape the rag over the helmet for a while. Doing so softens the dirt giving way to easy cleaning later on. 

Cleaning the Interior Liner 

The liner is often dirtier than the exterior surface. It accumulates hair oil, sweat, and body odor. Fill the bucket or tub with warm water. Add the baby shampoo to the water and want every liner piece one at a time in the warm soapy water.

We use baby shampoo since it’s gentle to the helmet but effective in cleaning the sweat and oil from the helmet liner. 

Give the cheek pad and liner time to dry before wearing it back. Approximately letting it dry overnight before putting it on is best. 

Cleaning the Exterior of the Helmet

Remove the face shield and place it at a safe spot close by now the stuck dirt should be easy to remove. Wipe them off gently with the rag that you had draped over the helmet’s exterior. 

Next, pick another clean wet microfiber rag to wipe off the traces of dirt still lingering on the shell. Wiping off the surface in a slow circular manner is the best option.

For the hard-to-reach joints and crannies use the toothbrush for easy cleaning of those parts. 

Cleaning the Face Shield

Many modern face shields feature an ultraviolet layer or coating. Therefore, the best way to clean the surface is to wet a clean microfiber with warm soapy water before wiping off the surface. If there are oil smudges still, let the rag linger on the face shield for a couple of minutes. 

Cleaning the Internal Sun Shield

 Some helmets feature internal sun shields. In most cases, it won’t get extremely dirty. So don’t remove it as it may be demanding to put back. Instead, apply a spritz of water over it and finish off cleaning with a clean rag. 

Blowing the Vent

Check on the vent of the helmet. Sometimes after a while, dust or stray insects may get stuck on the vent. Take your blower (air compressor) and blow off the vent to remove such foreign particles. 

Reassembling the Helmet

First, ensure that every single part of the helmet is dry. Then carefully put back every part in its place. But if you need the helmet to give an extra shine, apply a light top-quality polish or wax over its exterior. Put back the cheek pads, face shield, and the electronics parts you had removed. 


I hope by now you have learned how to clean a motorcycle helmet. Don’t wait for the helmet to get extremely dirty. But after taking long trips, make it a habit to clean the helmet and give it enough time to dry. 

Do not use harsh solvents when cleaning the helmet. Instead, follow the above tips and you won’t run into any problem. Don’t forget to comb through your helmet’s manual to find any particular advice for the manufacturer.