In an earlier article, we discussed the proper ways to clean your motorcycle helmet. Now, in that article, we suggested using a mix of warm water and laundry detergent. However, there are actually products out there specifically made for the purpose of cleaning your helmet. Believe me, you can bet these products will do a much better job of cleaning the guts and grime off of your helmet than a little detergent and warm water. They will also save you time since most of these only have to soak for a minute or two as opposed to the 5-10 minutes for a warm rag to start loosening it up.
Most of these products will serve to clean either the shell or the pads. Because pads are usually just thrown in the wash most of these products will focus on the shell. Let’s be honest, the shell is the most delicate part. You don’t want to go and scratch your new helmet or rub the paint off because you had to scrub too hard. There is also the risk of using something abrasive or that will peel your paint if you use harsher cleaners.
Some of these products are both cleaners and polish. Some offer other perks such as anti-glare and anti-fogging, these will be mentioned specifically.
Then there are several products out there that try to do everything and manage to do nothing, but there are a few that actually manage to come pretty close. These usually favor either the pads or the shell, but can be used on both with great success. One of these actually made our top 5 list below.
Top 5 Best Motorcycle Helmet Cleaners
|Helmet cleaner||Main benefits||Best motorcycle helmet cleaner for|
|Plexus Helmet Spray Cleaner||• Reduces glare|
• Prevents oxidation
• Reconditions UV damaged plastics
• Leaves a wax-like polish
|Riding in sunny states|
|All-Kleer Motorcycle Helmet Cleaner||• Water repellent|
• Cleaner and polish
• Leaves a slick finish
|Foggy / rainy states|
|Motorex Helmet Care||• Anti-bacterial |
• Restores color
• For pads and shell
|Cleaning your entire helmet|
|Clear Gear Sports Helmet Cleaner||• Fungicide|
|Flitz Matte Finish Cleaner||• Safe for painted and wrapped helmets|
• Safe for painted and wrapped helmets
• Best for matte finishes
Plexus Helmet Spray Cleaner Review
Let’s get this one out of the way early, Plexus is easily the best motorcycle helmet cleaner out there for both cleaning and polishing helmets. It was initially developed to clean and protect the windshields on fighter planes and has since found its way into the consumer market.
To start with, Plexus is non-abrasive, so it won’t scratch your helmet. It comes in an aerosol can and can just be sprayed on and wiped off, taking all those bugs and grimes with it. When used correctly Plexus will also leave a nice polish to your helmet.
One great feature of this product is its ability to prevent oxidation and cracking due to age. Clear plastics are going to oxidize over time unless preventative measures are taken. So while most riders are going to replace their helmet long before it reaches the point of a visor oxidizing, added insurance is a nice bonus.
Another great thing about Plexus is its anti-glare properties. Again, this was developed for fighter planes, so they didn’t want to be worrying about glare. Obviously, it is not going to replace a tinted visor, but it will help you see without one when you are riding into the sun.
Plexus Helmet Spray Cleaner key specs
- Reduces glare
- Prevents oxidation
- Reconditions UV damaged plastics
- Leaves a wax-like polish
All-Kleer Motorcycle Helmet Cleaner Review
All-Kleer stands apart in this lineup in that it is the only non-spray product on the list. This helmet cleaner comes in a no-frills white bottle similar to what you would expect to find Fast Orange in.
Perhaps what makes All-Kleer motorcycle helmet cleaner stand out most among the competition is its anti-fogging properties. While several cleaners combine both a cleaner and polish in one, not many prevent fogging. It’s a small step to put a defogger on your visor, but if you can save that step while still getting your helmet clean, why not? All-Kleer will cut right through that road grime and leave your helmet nice and clean.
Polishing is another thing All-Kleer does right. It gives your gear a nice shine when buffed. This is one of those that does well for several jobs. It works well to clean your helmet, polish it, and prevent it from fogging on those cool, humid nights. You will still need to wash your pads, but if your helmet has removable pads and you need something to get your shell nice and polished this is a solid choice.
All-Kleer Motorcycle Helmet Cleaner key specs
- Water repellent
- Wipes on
- Cleaner and polish
- Leaves a slick finish
Motorex Helmet Care Review
Like Plexus, Motorex comes in an aerosol can, but it is a foam, not a spray. Motorex is a much more versatile cleaner than most of the others in this list because it can be used on both the shell and the pads. Not only can it be used for both, but it works well on both.
Motorex really shines on pads. If you have a helmet without removable pads this can make cleaning it much easier. Rather than having to fill your sink with water, mix up your cleaner and try to scrub your pads clean without tearing them, just spray this in, let it soak for a few minutes, and wipe it out. Couldn’t be easier.
When used on your pads it is great for deodorizing. It does have a clean smell which can be a bit strong at first but becomes much less noticeable once it dries. The smell is similar to kitchen cleaners, so it does give that clean impression.
When used on the shell it is great for dissolving bugs and lifting the dust off of the helmet. It also helps to restore colors that have been a little sun bleached. Motorex also leaves a bit of a shine. It is not going to replace a proper wax on high gloss applications, but for your average helmet, it leaves a nice finish.
Motorex Helmet Care key specs
- Pads and shell
- Restores color
Clear Gear Sports Helmet Cleaner Review
Clear Gear Helmet Cleaner is unique on this list in that it is solely for the pads and lining of your helmet. It is a disinfectant that kills the bacteria and mildew that cause that stink in your helmet after a while. This is not just for helmets either. It is primarily used for sports gear which sees way more sweat than the average helmet. If you do sweat that much riding this is the stuff to get, but it is also great for continuous use. It is not going to fatigue the material like washing or scrubbing your pads will do. Washing your pads is always a great idea when they start to smell, but eventually, all that washing is going to wear them out and they will not only be uncomfortable but can pose a risk if your helmet no longer fits right as a result.
To use it just spray it on and wipe it in. Once it’s dried your helmet will smell nice and clean. The smell is fresh, not like other fungicides which can smell like chemicals. Actually, it almost has no smell, so most of what you are smelling is just clean helmet. Too many products nowadays are loaded with perfumes to help mask smells. Clear Gear has almost no scent because it does not mask the smell, but rather kills the source of it. It’s not going to do you any good on your shell, but if your helmet is extra ripe this is the way to go.
Clear Gear Sports Helmet Cleaner key specs
- For pads only
Flitz Matte Finish Cleaner Review
This is more of a specialty product than the rest of this list in that it is specifically for matte finishes. While you could use it for a gloss finish it will not add any shine and will actually strip the wax off and leave it kind of dull. When used properly, however, this product will strip wax residue off of your matte finished helmet and give it a nice, even finish.
The real beauty of Flitz Matte Helmet Cleaner is that it is not strictly for cleaning helmets like some of the other products on this list. It can be used to clean anything with a matte or flat finish and it will not damage it. If you have a tank with a matte finish and splash gas on it this can get the gas stains right off. Then there’s the case of the new rider who has never had anything with a matte finish before who decides to wax his new matte black helmet and realizes he can’t get the finish anymore because of the wax residue, this will lift that residue right off and even out your finish again.
Flitz Matte Finish Cleaner key specs
- Safe for painted and wrapped helmets
- Removes wax residue
- Best for matte finishes
If you’re looking for a guide on how to clean your motorcycle helmet, we wrote one for you, which adds in a few extra tips and tricks. Although if you just follow the instructions on any of the helmet cleaners mentioned above, you can’t really go wrong. If you want to clean your entire motorcycle, check out our guide on the best motorcycle cleaners. They’ll take care of all the cleaning on all other surfaces. You could technically use your motorcycle helmet cleaner for that as well, but helmet cleaner tends to be more expensive, so better to save it if you can.
Lastly, if you’re looking for some solid wax, check out our best car wax review. Motorcycles and cars use the same types of wax, and there are a lot more waxes marketed as “car wax” than “motorcycle wax”. It should be possible to use both on either though.