How to clean boxing gloves: 13 steps (with pictures)

How to clean boxing gloves: 13 steps (with pictures)
How to clean boxing gloves: 13 steps (with pictures)

Boxing gloves are the ideal protection for the hands of boxers, but also the face of their opponent to avoid superficial injuries during a fight. But boxing gloves can quickly develop a bad odor, due to bacteria and sweat. Cleaning your gloves regularly and caring for them properly will not only ensure that they are clean and smell great, but also that they last longer. The most important aspect of maintaining your gloves is to make sure they are dry after each use to prevent the growth of bacteria.


Part 1 of 3: clean and sanitize gloves

Clean Boxing Gloves Step 1

Step 1. Remove the gloves from your gym bag as soon as possible

When you use your boxing gloves, bacteria on your hands are transferred to the inside of your gloves. These bacteria then feed on your sweat, and as they grow, they create the bad odors associated with dirty gym equipment. Due to the lack of air circulation inside your gym bag, this is a great place for bacteria to thrive. If you carry your gloves in your gym bag, remove them as soon as you get home.

If you can, leave your gloves out of your bag. The more airy they are, the better. So if you can carry them outside of your bag, then do so

Step 2. Dry them

After you take your gloves out of your bag, dry them with a tea towel or towel to absorb excess moisture. Wrap your hand with a towel and dip it into the glove. Move your hand to soak up all the sweat. Repeat with the other glove.

Step 3. Clean the inside of your gloves

First, wipe them down to remove the moisture inside. Then you can disinfect them with a preparation made up of equal amounts of water and vinegar. Transfer the solution to a sprayer and spray it inside your gloves.

  • You can use white vinegar or apple cider to clean your gloves.
  • To kill any bacteria and fungi that may have grown in your gloves, add 10 drops of tea tree oil to your vinegar and water solution.
  • Avoid using too aggressive a product on your gloves, as this can damage them and cause an allergic reaction on your skin.
  • Avoid products like Febreze because they only mask odors and don't get rid of bacteria. They can also make your gloves more rigid and uncomfortable.

Step 4. Clean the outside of your gloves

Spray the vinegar-water-based solution on the outside of your gloves to cover them completely. Then, wipe off the product with a clean towel to get rid of dirt, sweat, and remnants of your solution.

Step 5. Treat your gloves

Most boxing gloves are made of leather, so you need to treat them to keep them in shape. Leather is the skin of a living creature, so it can dry out like human skin. There are many products to treat leather, but you can just use lemon essential oil.

To treat your gloves, apply a small amount of your product or a few drops of essential oil to the outside of your gloves. Then use a lint-free cloth and rub in circular motions, so that the product penetrates the leather well. When you're done, rub the outside of your gloves with a clean towel to remove excess product

Part 2 of 3: dry the gloves

Clean Boxing Gloves Step 6

Step 1. Air dry your gloves

Bacteria live on the sweat and moisture trapped inside your gloves. Keeping them dry will therefore keep them cleaner for longer. After disinfecting the inside of your gloves with vinegar and cleaning the outside, allow them to air dry.

  • To let your gloves dry, loosen the hook and loop open your gloves as much as possible and tie the strap so they stay that way.
  • Hang your gloves so they can dry in a ventilated room, near an open window or a fan.
  • Even if you don't clean and disinfect your gloves after each use, you should still let them air dry after a boxing session.

Step 2. Fill your gloves with newspaper

Another way to dry your boxing gloves faster is to fill them with newspaper, as the newspaper will absorb excess moisture and allow your gloves to stay open so air can enter.

Take a few sheets of newspaper and roll them into a ball. Tuck a ball into each glove and leave them there for a few hours. Check regularly that the paper is not too wet with water and if so, replace it with new balls of newspaper

Step 3. Use a hair dryer

If you have had multiple fights or trained repeatedly for a short period of time and need your gloves to dry very quickly, you can use a blow dryer. Make sure it is set to the coldest mode, as the heat can damage your gloves and harden the leather.

Set your hairdryer on the coolest mode and point the nozzle inside your open gloves. Check the humidity every five minutes and once one of your gloves is dry repeat with the second

Clean Boxing Gloves Step 9

Step 4. Do not leave your gloves in the sun

While the sun is a great way to dry clothes, boxing gloves are not. The sun can dry out your gloves and kill bacteria, but if too strong it can damage leather, just like human skin.

If you want to let your gloves dry in the sun, don't leave them in direct sunlight for too long, and especially no more than 20 to 30 minutes in a row

Part 3 of 3: make your gloves smell good

Step 1. Neutralize bad smells with baking soda

Baking soda is a universal deodorant and you can use it on the inside of your gloves to eliminate bad odors. When your gloves are dry, pour a few pinches of baking soda inside and let sit for a few hours.

To remove the baking soda, shake your gloves or use a small table vacuum

Step 2. Use absorbent paper

After cleaning and drying your gloves, take some paper towels and wipe the inside of each glove with it. If you want, you can even leave half a sheet in each glove until the next time you need it.

Step 3. Use cedar chips

Take a pair of clean cotton socks and fill each with a handful of cedar shavings (like the ones you use for smoking food or for pet bedding). Tie the ends of the socks and put one sock in each glove.

They will not only give your gloves a good smell, but also absorb moisture and bacteria

Step 4. Use essential oils

Essential oils are a great way to make anything smell good and your boxing gloves are no exception. In addition, they have antibacterial properties and kill fungi, so they will allow you to clean your gloves. Add ten drops of your favorite essential oil to a spray bottle with a cup of water and sprinkle each glove once or twice. Here are the oils you can use.

  • Lemongrass.
  • Eucalyptus.
  • Peppermint.
  • Orange.

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