I’ve played for a long time and there are some people who have stuff you don’t want to let in your car and others whose gear probably smells better than yours. The below link has some nice tips. Certainly a front loader is easier. Another option is to head to a laundromat for washing it in a huge one.
I’m not going to lie, growing up it was mainly guys playing. I figured we were just oriented to having smelly gear. Then I visited a few college locker-rooms. Men’s and Women’s. It isn’t a guy only issue.
Check out these hints. How to Wash Hockey Gear