boxing gloves

Protecting your hands during a workout session is just as important as maintaining your health and fitness, which is why you absolutely need boxing gloves – without stating the obvious. However, with regular use, your gloves are bound to get dirty and perhaps even a little bit smelly. If you find yourself in that predicament, don’t worry.

Here are 5 tips for cleaning your boxing gloves, either as a preventative measure or a quick fix.

1. Stuff them in the freezer

Germs can easily breed in damp, dark areas – which is probably the reason why your gloves smell a little bit. Don’t fret! The easiest, although not the most popular, way to kill germs in your gloves is by placing them in the freezer for a day or two. Remember to protect your gloves by placing them in a plastic bag first. Once you’ve killed the germs, let them air dry.

2. Wipe them down after each use

You can always prevent bacteria from growing by wiping down your gloves, inside and out, with a paper towel after each use. You may not get rid of all the moisture, but you’ll certainly prevent your gloves from becoming a punching petri dish. This method will save you a few visits to the doctor and the embarrassment of walking around with smelly gloves.

3. Add some apple cider vinegar

The apple cider vinegar method is an inexpensive, extremely effective, and easy method of getting rid of any unwanted smells and odours. Simply add one teaspoon of vinegar in the palm of your hand and rub the inside of your glove thoroughly. Leave your gloves to air dry overnight. If once doesn’t do the trick, try it once more. You won’t regret it.

4. Leave them to air dry

Whatever you do, never leave your gloves in your gym bag! It may come naturally as you’re trying to keep your equipment all in one place. Rather place them in a plastic bag, take them home, and let them air dry. Your gym bag is the perfect place for bacteria to grow. In which case, try tip number one.

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5. Apply anti-bacterial spray

Killing nasty germs is extremely important to prevent any infections and bad odours. The best way to do this is by unlacing your gloves completely and spraying anti-bacterial spray on the inside of your gloves and leave to air dry. This method should only be tried every once in a while when you feel your gloves really need it.

Remember, gloves can be expensive. The last thing you want is to replace them simply because they smell too bad. So take good care of your boxing gloves by following the above-mentioned tips – keeping your gloves and your hands in tip-top shape in order to keep your health and fitness exactly where you want it!


Zenka Hattingh

Content Developer & Marketing Manager