Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Cleaning your Leather Boxing Gloves
There are a number of different approaches for cleaning boxing gloves. Which one you choose will depend on your personal choices, how much time you have, what cleaning supplies you have on hand, and your gloves. How you clean you gloves is up to you, as long as you make sure that you always clean them carefully and thoroughly. In a pinch, you can wipe down the inside and outside of your gloves with bacterial wipes and leave to dry. For a more thorough antibacterial approach, you can place your gloves in a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer for at least 24 hours. This will take care of any bacteria and smell building up without damaging the gloves. Just make sure your boxing gloves are 100% dry before you try this method! It is also possible to wash your boxing gloves without damaging them, as long as you use a gentle cleaning solution and don’t get carried away with scrubbing. Mix a small amount of dish soap in a bucket of water. Then place the gloves in the bucket and gently swirl them around. Once they’re thoroughly washed, remove the boxing gloves from the mixture, shake or gently squeeze off any excess water, and air dry. And don’t forget to wash those handwraps while you’re at it. Handwraps can either be machine washed in cold water (placing them in a garment bag will prevent tangling in the wash and prolong their life) or hand washed in the sink with dish soap or mild detergent.