Four Ways to Remove Spider Webs from Bike Helmets

We keep our bike helmets in our garage, which is really just a glorified shed, and the helmets are frequently inhabited by spiders and full of webs. Sometimes there are even spider eggs in the helmets. Bleck!  The first time we take the helmets out in the spring is a shriek-show.  “Ewwww’s” and “eeeYUK’s” and “GrOssss’s” are yelled by all. I have tried four methods of getting the webs out with varying success:

  1. Vacuum the spider webs out  – I found the vacuum to work best if the furniture attachment (the little brush thing) is on. I tried without it and accidentally sucked up one of the pads that was velcro-ed onto the inside of the helmet. Oopsie! The vacuum works “ok but left some bits of web behind in tight corners AND there is a major “pain in my butt” factor to this method as it involves hauling the vacuum out. Nobody ever said “gee, what can I haul my vacuum out for today?“.
  2. Spray the webs off and out – Since I was already outside with the helmets, I have tried spraying spider webs out of them with the hose. This was a major fail for a couple of reasons: (a) even with the jet setting on the nozzle, the water pressure wasn’t enough to blast all of the webs out of the holes in the helmet. Instead the webs were pushed together and joined forces into big, goopy, super-gross, gobs of webs inside the helmet and (b) I then had to put on a wet helmet. That foam stuff on the inside doesn’t dry quickly on a cool Spring day in Canada.
  3. Feather-duster the webs out – This works pretty darned well and would be my top choice if I kept a feather duster in my garage.  The feathers reach into the crevices and ventilation holes of the helmet and brush the webs out easily.
  4. Wipe the spider webs out with a cloth – Note that paper towels are not a good option for this. They “kind of” work but leave a lot behind.  I recommend using a dry cloth. An old terry-cloth towel/facecloth is pretty good – the smaller the better to get into the vent holes. A microfibre cloth is the best bet as it will cling to and grab the webs better than cotton. I have a stash of old e-cloths in my garage (ones that still work fine but are awfully stained) so they are close by and handy when I need them. Any e-cloth will do but the longer the fibres, the easier it will be. I used the furniture e-cloth (note this has been re-named as the High Performance Dusting Cloth) because it has long fibres on one side and to be honest, it was the cloth that was on top of the pile.

Unfortunately none of these solutions is enough to make your kid smile when you take his picture…