This is a commonly asked question, and the answer is yes and no. Let’s have a clear discussion on this.
Which Boxing Gloves Are Suitable For Washing Machines?
Most boxing gloves made from artificial leather such as PU and Rexene can be machine-washed. In addition, gloves with the closed cell foam design can be washed in a machine. These gloves don’t absorb water. They also dry well after washing.
However, most other materials and boxing gloves made using the open cell foam technology will be negatively affected by machine-washing. They will also take weeks to dry. Such prolonged dampness will encourage mold to grow and consequently develop a foul smell.
The Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t mix boxing gloves with any other laundry in the washing machine, especially cotton fabrics. The sweaty stench will not end well with them.
For leather gloves, post-cleaning conditioning is necessary. Apply a good amount of high-quality leather conditioning oil and let it soak for 3 or more days. Wipe them well with a clean towel until all the oil dries. Otherwise, you might experience slippery punches if you wear them immediately after oiling.
How to Hand-Wash Boxing Gloves
For the rest of the gloves, we recommend the following organic cleaning routine:
For 1 part vinegar, use two parts water
Use a clean microfiber or cotton towel to wipe the exterior of the dirty gloves thoroughly.