Cleaning Guide: How To Wash Workout Gloves

Workout gloves are almost always drenched in sweat. As a result, they can easily become stinky. If you do not wash them correctly and carefully, you may have to replace your gloves entirely.

Trust me; I learned this the hard way! So, do not be like me and use this guide to learn how to wash workout gloves.


How To Wash Workout Gloves – The Right Way!

Hand Washing Workout Gloves

Although handwashing sounds like a lot of work, I can guarantee that the results will be worth your effort. Hand washing your workout gloves will prevent potential incidents. 

  • Step 1:  Fill your sink up with warm water, add mild soap, or any other types of dishwasher detergent. 
  • Step 2: Soak your gloves into the water, then proceed to massage them gently to scrub off the filth. Also, be sure to go in between the fingers of the gloves.
  • Step 3: Clean the inside of your gloves and then leave them submerged in the water for roughly 1 hour.  
  • Step 4: 1 hour later, scrub the gloves thoroughly once more. Drain the water mixed with soap away.
  • Step 5: Wash your gloves with clean water. Do not forget to check for any remaining residues. 
  • Step 6: Shake off some of the water, then hang the gloves to air dry. Tip: Do not put them in the drying machine because the excess heat will damage your gloves! 
  • Step 7: Enjoy freshly cleaned workout gloves!

With only 7 steps, you will no longer have to feel insecure about your gloves stinking up the gym when you workout!

Washing Machine Workout Gloves

Even though hand washing is the safer method to clean workout gloves, not everyone has the time to do so. If you follow a strict gym schedule, it is more preferable to wash your gloves in a washing machine. 

Simply throw your gloves in the machine along with your clothes to wash. Make sure you set the mode to gentle. Just as the hand washing method, you should let the gloves air dry. However, it would help if you let them dry indoors as direct contact with the sun rays can damage your gloves’ fibers.

Better safe than sorry! Hang your gloves inside the house to dry. It will also do you a favor by retaining the gloves’ longevity.

You should “check-in” with your gloves every now and then. Depending on how often you workout with your gloves, it is best to wash them at least one time a week. 


Hopefully, by now, you have learned how to wash workout gloves. Indeed, cleaning does not have to be difficult. All you need to do is follow the steps listed in this guide!

Do you have any other advice on how to wash workout gloves? Do let me know in the comments below. As always, I am delighted to hear about your cleaning experience.

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