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Apparel Sterilization Ozone Treatments

Ozone Generators for Apparel Sterilization: How MaxBlaster Ozone Machines are Used for Athletic Gear Disinfection


Since 2009 we've helped hundreds of people and businesses successfully deodorize and disinfect apparel with our MaxBlaster ozone generators. Whether you are needing to disinfect an entire teams worth of gear, create a mobile sterilization system, or just deodorize a single item of your own clothes, we can show you how to do the ozone treatment process like an expert.

A large part of our experience comes from dealing with a hockey apparel sterlization company in Canada called Fresh Gear. Fresh Gear invented the Cyclone sanitation machine to disinfect hockey gear on a commerical level. Our MaxBlaster ozone machines were originally used as the ozone generation device within the Cyclone machine. Today we continue to service and supply products to many of the Cyclone owners, as well as support other apparel sterilization companies throughout Canada and the USA.


Because sweaty athletic gear can lead to MRSA infection, finding effective methods to sterilize apparel is a top priority for many sports players, parents, coaches, and companies. MaxBlaster ozone generators are a proven solution, particularly for hockey gear. Ozone, a powerful oxidizing agent, can eliminate bacteria, viruses, and foul odors. In this article, we will explore the benefits and recommendations of using our ozone generators for apparel sterilization and how they can revolutionize the way you maintain your personal gear and/or treat athletic gear in your commercial business.

The Power of Ozone:

Ozone (O3) is a naturally occurring gas composed of three oxygen atoms. It is a highly reactive molecule that acts as a potent disinfectant and deodorizer. Ozone works by breaking down organic compounds, destroying bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that may reside on the surfaces of clothing.

Apparel Sterilization with Ozone Generators:

Ozone generators are devices that produce ozone gas and release it into a confined space, such as a sterilization chamber or sealed bag. The ozone molecules saturate the fabric and eliminate harmful pathogens, leaving the clothing sanitized and fresh. The process has several advantages:

  1. Microorganism Elimination: Ozone kills a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses. It can reach even the tiniest crevices or fibers that harbor pathogens, ensuring thorough sterilization.

  2. Odor Neutralization: Ozone not only eliminates harmful microorganisms but also neutralizes unpleasant odors caused by sweat, smoke, or other sources. By breaking down odor-causing compounds, ozone leaves clothes smelling fresh and clean.

  3. Chemical-Free and Eco-Friendly: Ozone is a natural and chemical-free sterilization method. Unlike traditional disinfectants that may leave residue or require rinsing, ozone converts back to oxygen after use, leaving no harmful by-products. This eco-friendly aspect makes it a preferred choice for those seeking sustainable sterilization methods.

Apparel Sterilization Systems:

It is not very difficult or costly to replicate the same set-up and get the same (or better) results as the super expensive sterilization systems. You can create your own custom set-up that matches your needs and budget. The key components are a professional ozone generator and a chamber (container, closet, tent) to house the apparel. You also need some accurate advice about where to place the machine, how to position the apparel, the amount of caution required, how long to run the ozone machine, and how to air it out. Contact us for custom advice on how to build an apparel sterilization system to match your needs (and budget).

Considerations and Safety Measures:

While ozone generators offer numerous benefits for apparel sterilization, it is important to consider certain factors:

  1. Ozone Concentration Control: Ozone concentration should reach extremely high “shock” levels during the sterilization process. However, high ozone levels can be harmful to humans and may damage certain materials. It is important to follow our run-time chart and instruction guidelines to ensure proper exposure times and prevent fabric deterioration. Contact us for more information prior to treating apparel with our ozone generators.

  2. Ventilation: Ozone gas can be hazardous when inhaled directly. Adequate ventilation is crucial during the ozone sterilization process to prevent ozone accumulation in the room. It is advisable to use ozone generators in a well-ventilated area or inside a specially designed sterilization chamber.

  3. Material Compatibility: While ozone is generally safe for most fabrics, some delicate materials (example: true rubber) may be susceptible to damage when exposed to high ozone concentrations for extended periods. It is recommended to test ozone compatibility on a small scale before full-scale sterilization.

  4. User Safety: Ozone generators should be used with caution. Follow our owners guidelines diligently. Users should avoid direct exposure to high concentrations of ozone. The ozone machine should be placed in a sturdy location in a manner that no foreign objects, debris, and dust can enter the machine.

Tips & Recommendations:

We encourage you to consider the following tips & recommendations for athletic apparel sterilization:

  1. Feed the machine clean, dry air: The ozone machine should be set up in a manner that it can breathe clean, dry air. If possible, do not place the ozone machine directly into the chamber where the clothes are located. Instead, place the machine outside the treatment area and funnel the ozone into the chamber via a hose. Feeding the machine cleaner, drier air will help prolong the lifespan of the internal components and lessen the frequency of servicing the ozone machine.

  2. Do not stack the apparel: All surface areas of the apparel you wish to treat should be open and exposed. Do not stack the apparel on top of each other. Ozone will not penetrate through solid matter. For best results, have the apparel neatly hung in a manner that ozone gas can reach all surface areas in and out.

  3. No wet, damp apparel: It is imperative that the apparel be completely dry prior to applying the ozone treatment. Humidity is the ozone killer. Not only will the results be negated, but humidity can lead to short term lifespan of the components (plate pack, primarily).


We recommend our PRO Edition MaxBlaster Ozone Generator for most apparel sterilization projects. Not only does the PRO Edition produce more than enough ozone concentration to treat chambers, but it is also the best overall balance in terms of speed & longevity. We also suggest using the hose adapter to allow the machine to remain outside the treatment area. For commercial companies that do not wish to deal with any down time should the machine need service, we recommend purchasing a spare generator (plate) pack to keep on hand for self-service. See below for product links.


MaxBlaster ozone generators provide an innovative and effective solution for apparel sterilization. With their ability to eliminate microorganisms and neutralize odors without the use of chemicals, MaxBlaster ozone generators offer a proven method to deodorize and disinfect athletic apparel. However, some basic guidelines must be followed. Contact us for expert tips and recommendations on how to get the best results when treating apparel with ozone machines. Thank you!

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Max Blaster LLC USA | Canada

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