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No Sweat! Spray

Neutralizing Sweat Spray
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I'm a field hockey goalkeeper. When playing hockey, I can get pretty hot under my helmet, but it's not safe to take it off during play.

Now if sweat gets into my eyes, I have trouble seeing the ball which means either I could get injured, or worse still I might let in a goal.

Although I can get my gloved fingers through my mask to remove much of the moisture, my eyes continue to sting and my vision stays blurred. I'm guessing this is down to the acidity in my sweat, so my "No Sweat Spray" would be slightly alkaline.

The "No Sweat Spray" is designed to squirt through my mask onto my face, neutralising the sweat, stopping the stinging, and helping me to see the next shot clearly.

Fishrat, Jul 19 2005

Hockey Helmets http://www.obo.co.n...product=helmet%20CK
For reference [Fishrat, Jul 19 2005]

Sweat is made of... http://www.madsci.o...912958664.An.r.html
Gatorade without the carbs, essentially: salt, Vitamin C, uric acid, urea, ammonia and lactic acid. Probably why it stings your eyes when it's concentrated. [DrCurry, Jul 20 2005]

Tears are made of... http://www.madsci.o...010858814.Gb.r.html
Salt and a dab of mucus. [DrCurry, Jul 20 2005]

Works much better than a MaxiPad http://www.sweatshoot.com/headband.htm
Not that I would know. [Shz, Jul 20 2005]

Sweet Sweat http://www.srcfit.com/
In case you'd rather just blow out the sweat out of your body and leave none for your forehead. [reensure, Jul 21 2005]

Antitranspirant http://en.wikipedia...iki/Antitranspirant
Describes uses -- from the Wikipedia [reensure, Jul 21 2005]


       Why don't you just wear a headband?
squeak, Jul 19 2005

       Freezer spray?
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jul 19 2005

       my son wears a plastic padded helmet for TKD and sweats furiously under it. I would love to have a product that stopped the sweat, but what [squeak] said.   

       edited due to peer pressure...
dentworth, Jul 19 2005

       From the helpfile: 'WIBNI - "Wouldn't It Be Nice If". The invention describes something widely known as desirable, but unobtainable, without giving any new clues as to how it could be done.'

I know a lot of stuff that gets posted on the HB stretches the boundaries of plausibility, but I wouldn't put a mildly alkaline solution distributed via an atomizer in that category. Have I missed something [dent]?
DocBrown, Jul 19 2005

       Yes, I'm not trying to get technical, which is why I didn't MFD it. but say a baking soda spray- would possibly neutralize the acid but it would not stop the sweat. I think Fishrat needs to give more information.
dentworth, Jul 19 2005

       I think the point is not that the sweat is stopped but simply that it stops stinging. However, I agree that more information needs to be provided. If the sweat isn't stopped then application of the spray will need to be frequent, which could detract from goalkeeping/rockclimbing/jet fighter-flying duties unless [Fishrat] comes up with a clever auto-dispensing solution...
DocBrown, Jul 19 2005

       Sure, [dent]. The trouble with the sweatband is twofold - firstly, it doesn't stop all of the sweat from reaching my eyes over a 35 minute playing period, and secondly it compromises safety as the helmet needs to fit snugly and not allow enough "play" to fit the headband in. Possible a built in headband/absorbent lining would work, but they've been tried before without much success. They become saturated far too quickly, and are pretty unhygienic as you can't fit the helmet into the washing machine.   

       //I would love to have a product that stopped the sweat// Sorry if the original idea isn't clear enough - I'm not suggesting that the spray would stop you from sweating. I'm suggesting that the reason my eyes sting and my vision blurs is because my sweat is acidic. If the alkaline spray could neutralize the pH value, I could wipe the excess moisture from my eyes using my cotton glove, and the residual sweat/alkaline solution would not be such a problem, as I'd be able to see as clearly as if I'd just wiped pure water from my eyes.   

       [Doc] //a mildly alkaline solution distributed via an atomizer// is exactly the right description. The atomiser would need to be simple enough to use while wearing restrictive sports gear, and could be kept at the side of the goal to be used as and when required.
Fishrat, Jul 19 2005

       This idea isn't even close to a WIBNI, it's completely plausible. It's quite clearly described as a neutralizing product.
bristolz, Jul 19 2005

       Maybe just distilled water? Visine?
bristolz, Jul 19 2005

       ok, I took off the WIBNI, but doesn't NO SWEAT spray, sound like it should be stopping the sweat?
dentworth, Jul 19 2005

       Yes, but that's not what's proposed.  Perhaps it should be something like "No Sweat! spray"?
bristolz, Jul 19 2005

       try a full face sweatband aka a knitted balaclava helmet to mop up all the sweat.
po, Jul 19 2005

       1: I am fairly certain that it is the salt, not the acidity of sweat which burns.   

       2:/They become saturated far too quickly/ - the problem is technological lag. Cotton just is not absorbent enough. I suggest that you tape a MaxiPad to your forehead. It will be much more absorbent, and will be thin enough to fit bewteen hemet and head without compromising fit.
bungston, Jul 19 2005

       Aren't tears salty?
bristolz, Jul 20 2005

       See links.
DrCurry, Jul 20 2005

Fishrat, Jul 20 2005

       //Perhaps it should be something like "No Sweat! spray"?// Thanks, [Bris], Done.
Fishrat, Jul 20 2005

       Don't you just need little gutters running along your eyebrows?
hippo, Jul 20 2005

       You know, if you're not into a headband, you could just wipe some armpit anti-perspirant across your forehead.
PatTheGreat, Jul 21 2005

       There's a lichen tie-in here. I'm just not sure how to link to it. Antitranspirant?
reensure, Jul 21 2005

       "[D]unny?" That's naughty, right?
bristolz, Jul 21 2005


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