Caring For Your Boxing Gloves
1. Take your gloves out of your gym bag as soon as possible! When you put on your boxing gloves, the bacteria on your hands can be transferred to the inside of your gloves. Those bacteria then feed off your sweat, and as they flourish, they can create the bad smells associated with unclean gym equipment. Because there’s no air flow inside a gym bag. It’s a wonderful place for bacteria to flourish. If you do transport your gloves in your bag, remove them as soon as you get home and allow them to air.
2. If possible, leave your gloves out of your bag altogether. The more air they get the better! If you can transport your gloves outside your gym bag.
3. You should immediately wipe out your gloves inside and out after exercising with a cloth or towel to absorb any excess moisture. Wrap your hand in a towel and stick it into the glove. Move your hand around the inside of the glove and soak up any sweat. Repeat this process with the other glove.
4. After you wipe out as much moisture from inside the gloves, sanitize and disinfect them with a half-and-half vinegar and water solution. This solution can by kept in a handy spray bottle. Make sure you spray the inside of the gloves several sprays.
5. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to clean your gloves.
6. For additional antibacterial and anti-fungal action, add five to 10 drops of tea tree oil to the vinegar and water solution.
7. Avoid harsh cleaning sprays on your gloves, as they can damage the gloves and cause a reaction with your skin.
8. Similarly, avoid products like Febreze, because they only mask smells and don’t eliminate bacteria. They can also make your gloves stiff and uncomfortable.
9. Spray your vinegar and water solution onto the outside of your gloves. Use just enough to coat each glove with a light mist. Then, wipe them down with a clean towel to remove any dirt, sweat or any residual cleaning solution.
10. Many boxing gloves are made of leather. This means they should be conditioned to keep them in tip-top shape. Leather is an organic material. It can dry out just like human skin. There are many commercial leather conditioners available on the market, or you can use lemon essential oil instead.
11. Keep your gloves in good condition by applying a small amount of conditioner or a few drops of oil to the outside of the gloves. Using a lint-free cloth in circular motions. Gradually work the oil into the leather. When you are finished, wipe the outside of the gloves down with a clean towel. This will remove any residual conditioner.
12. It is so important to air your gloves. Bacteria can flourish in the sweat and moisture that gets trapped inside your gloves. By airing your gloves and keeping them dry it will help to prevent bacterial growth. This will help to keep them clean and smell free.
13. To air dry your gloves, fold the wrist straps back, open up the gloves as wide as possible and attach the wrist straps so they stay open.
14. Hang your gloves up outside to dry on a clothes line. If this is not possible then lay your gloves out flat in a well-ventilated room, near an open window or in front of a fan.
15. Even if you don’t sanitize and clean your gloves after every use. You should always let them dry out between.
16. You can also stuff your gloves with newspaper. This will help to dry them out faster. The newspaper will absorb any excess moisture. It will also help to keep the gloves shape and allow air to circulate within.
17. Crinkle up a few sheets of newspaper into two loose balls. Stuff one inside each glove and leave them for a couple hours. Check on the paper regularly. When it has become saturated with moisture replace it with fresh paper balls.
18. You can also use a hair dryer to dry your gloves out quickly. If you have multiple fights or practices scheduled within a brief time and need to dry your gloves out quickly, a hair dryer is a wonderful way to do it. Make sure you use a hair dryer with a cool setting, as heat can damage the gloves and harden the leather.
19. Turn the hair dryer to a cool setting and direct the nozzle inside the opening of your glove. Check on the moisture level within every five minutes. When one glove is dry repeat this process with the other.
20. You should always avoid leaving your gloves in the sun. While the sun is a wonderful way to dry out many things, boxing gloves aren’t one of them. Sunshine can dry out your gloves and kill bacteria. But too much sun can damage the leather in same way as it can damage human skin.
21. If you want to use the sunlight to dry your gloves. Don’t leave them unattended in direct sunlight for more than 20 to 30 minutes at a time.
22. You can neutralize bad smells with baking soda. Baking soda is a universal deodorizer. It can be used inside your boxing gloves to eliminate smells. When your gloves are dry, sprinkle some baking soda inside each glove and let it sit for a couple hours.
23. To remove the baking soda, either bang out the gloves or stick a skinny vacuum cleaner nozzle inside.
24. You can also use dryer sheets. After cleaning and drying your gloves, take a dryer sheet and wipe down the inside of each glove. You can even leave a half-sheet in each glove until the next time you need them.
25. Cedar chips can also be used to freshen your gloves. Take a pair of clean cotton socks and fill each one with a handful of cedar chips. Loosely tie off the ends of the socks and stuff one sock in each glove.
26. The cedar chips make your gloves smell great! They will also help to absorb excess moisture and bacteria.
27. Essential oils are a wonderful way to make anything smell nice, and boxing gloves are no exception. Furthermore, certain essential oils are also antibacterial and anti-fungal. They will also help to clean your gloves. Add 10 drops of your preferred essential oil to a spray bottle with one cup (240 ml) of water and give one to two sprays in each glove. The best antibacterial and anti-fungal essential oils include: