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Keepin’ Your Ride Immaculate: The Best Wheelchair Cleaning Techniques

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The wheelchair may go down in history as one of the most useful gadgets ever created by man, beating out the car, the TV, even the electric drill. How come? It replaces the need for legs. When it comes to the higher purpose of a gadget, you can’t get anymore important than this.

And since it’s such a make-or-break device, keeping it in working order AND clean are of tantamount of importance, and ensure you have a ride you can count on. After all, without your legs what do you got? Keeping your wheelchair clean however definitely takes a bit of elbow grease.

The good news is that there are loads of tricks and gadgets to get it done, getting your wheelchair as sparkly white as possible (or sparkly gun-metal grey if that’s the color of your chair). Check the best of our wheelchair cleaning videos below.

Video #1: The Scrubber for Wheelchair Tires

While having a wheelchair that can traverse the outdoors is awesome, having dirty wheels is not. Unfortunately, dirty, muddy and caked-up wheels is part of the package when you take your wheelchair into the great outdoors.

Suffering from dirty wheels however that track dirt whenever you go inside is no longer something you must deal with. The Scrubber, a wheelchair tire cleaner from Inn2care (of company based in the Netherlands that also makes door openers), is a fully-automated wheelchair tire cleaner that turns on when you roll onto it.

The rolling motion activate a water sprayer, combined with two scrubbers that are automated, to get the job done. It’s quite ingenious rather (my mom would absolutely love this thing in the wintertime for when I come over).

Watch The Scrubber in action

Video #2: Handwashing Wheelchair Cleaning Tips

Our second video comes from the adorable Naomi Knight aka “Hot Wheels,” a T12 incomplete paraplegic who loves making videos showing how she does things. In her wheelchair cleaning video, she shows how she cleans her wheelchair from top to bottom using Clorox Green Works wipes, a cleaning agent she absolutely swears by.

Naomi actually hops onto her living room floor to clean her wheelchair, and takes each wheel off one by one to thoroughly clean it, making sure to get around the spokes and the hub. She also shows how she cleans underneath her foot plate.

Watch “Hot Wheels” made her manual wheelchair sparkling clean

Video #3: When in Doubt, Dump the Chair in the Pool

And our third video is on the fun side of things, coming straight from Jerry Diaz, a paraplegic from California. In his video, he shows how he quickly cleans his wheelchair after a long day at the beach and coming home with his chair full of sand.

Instead of wiping off his wheelchair crevice by crevice, which with beach sand could take eons, he goes the peerlessly easy route and just jumps in the pool while still in his wheelchair. Definitely not a stunt to be tried by anyone not able to swim on their own, you still got to love Jerry’s ingenious solution.

Watch Jerry throw himself into the pool

A clean wheelchair can have such an impact on how you’re viewed, and it can make you feel great in the process. Just make sure you don’t let too much time go by between cleanings. The more dirt and grime that gets built up, the longer it’ll take to clean.

When cleaning products do you use to clean your wheelchair?

Watch the videos

The “Scrubber” wheelchair tire machine

Tips from “Hot Wheels” on how she cleans her wheelchair

Paraplegic cleaning beach sand off his wheelchair in a pool

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SCI Superstar: Muffy Davis

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A wife, mother and seven-time Paralympic medalist, Muffy Davis is one of the most well-known disabled athletes in the US. Successful in both wheelchair racing and skiing, she’s won dozens of medals since breaking her back nearly 25 years ago.

But she’s more than just an athlete. A graduate of Stanford University and an internationally renowned motivational speaker who’s figured out the secret to sustained happiness, Muffy’s smarts are almost as impressive as her athletic success. Read on for the story of a woman determined to achieve her dreams and has shown the world that anything is possible in the process.

Why she’s fearless

Growing up in Sun Valley, Idaho, Muffy’s love to ski. She started when she was only 3 years old, and by the time he was 7 she told her mother she believed that God put her on Earth to be an Olympic ski racer. And early on Muffy displayed signs of athletic greatness. By the time she was 14 years old she was named to the US development team for up-and-coming Olympians. All systems were a go for Muffy to snag the Olympic gold medal she believed she was destined for.

However when she was 16 years old, tragedy struck when Muffy he broke her back while skiing on her home mountain. She lost control on a turn, sliding into some trees and breaking her back on impact.  Devastated about the prospect of never skiing again, Muffy’s mother took her to the National Center for Disabled Sports, where she got her first taste of adapted skiing.

Becoming a rock star athlete as a paralyzed person didn’t happen overnight for Muffy though. When she first gave alpine skiing a try, her lack of torso control because of her spinal cord injury made her uninterested in trying any further.  It wasn’t until 1995, six years after her injury and after graduating from Stanford with a degree in biology, when she attended a ski camp hosted by a Paralympian Sarah Wills where everything changed.

While at the sit-skiing camp, she tried a new kind of mono-ski – the Yeti – that helped with her balance, and the rest was history. From there, Muffy became feverishly impassioned about alpine skiing. Within three years, she was named to the US Paralympic ski team and attended her first Paralympics in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.  It was here where she won a bronze medal in Slalom.

Two years later, she was named world champion at the Giant Slalom event for alpine skiing, and from there it just got better. In 2002 at the Paralympics in Salt Lake City, she won three silver medals for Super G, Downhill and Giant slalom. On top of skiing, climbing mountains was another pursuit Muffy just had to try. In 2002, she and four other disabled climbers ascended Mount Shasta in California- a peak of 14,179 feet – completely independently using a Snowpod, a hand-cranked tracked snowmobile.

And two years after the Paralympics in Utah, Muffy’s life changed even more when she got married, marrying Jeff Burly, who she met while training (he was a manager at the adapted athletics facility). A few years later in 2009, they had their daughter Elle.

It was after the birth of her daughter when Muffy tried hand-cycling to get back in shape, and she found she was dang good at this sport too. In 2012, she went to the Paralympics in London and won three gold medals in hand-cycling – the H1-3 road race, the H1-4 team relay and the H1-2 individual time trial.

What’s next?

Earlier this month, Muffy was also at the Sochi Paralympic Games cheering on Team USA. She’s also gone on to become a dedicated motivational speaker and life coach, giving speeches to companies and groups all over the world on how hard work can get you almost anything you set your mind to. She’s also given TED speeches. Check it out

Setting her sights on the Rio Paralympics in 2016, with the goal of successfully defending her three racing gold medals, Muffy has no interest in retiring. She may be 42 when the Rio games arrive, but that ain’t stopping her one bit. If a spinal cord injury couldn’t stop Muffy’ from her athletic pursuits, age certainly won’t either.

Check out her site: MuffyDavis.com

How has Muffy inspired you?

Watch the videos

Muffy Davis – Inspiration & Motivation

Muffy Davis – Induction – Hall of Fame

TEDxBloomington — Muffy Davis — “Different Does Not Mean Less”

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