This is a commonly asked question, and the answer is yes and no. Let’s have a clear discussion on this.
So 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.
Can I Use Chemical Detergents?
We don’t recommend the use of chemical detergents, especially on real leather, because they ruin the gloves over time with continued use.
Drying Your Gloves
To hasten the drying period, in case you accidentally machine-wash your boxing gloves, use a dehumidifier. Using an open box (open on two ends), let the dehumidifier run continuously while directly attached to one open end of the box containing your wet gloves.
To be certain that your gloves are completely dry, just weigh them. They should be equal or slightly less than the original buying weight.
Whether damp or dry, always leave your boxing gloves in a well-ventilated area.
The greatest enemy for your boxing gloves is moisture; whether from washing or sweat. Moisture promotes the growth of mildew & mold. And since sweating during a boxing session is inevitable, don’t dump your gloves in the gym bag afterward. They will start to stink. Biologically, bacteria feed on the sweat and produce Bromidrosis. This is what results to a stinky smell.
So how do you store them?
If possible, first wipe them clean after every use. And then, use organic carbon deodorizers inside the gloves. If you don’t have any deodorizers, use a normal sock stuffed with bicarbonate of soda or burnt charcoal ashes. These are excellent DIY deodorants.
Leave the sock inside when the gloves are not in use. They will always be dry and odorless.
In addition, you can use essential oils, dryer sheets, or unused tea bags. All these absorb moisture and neutralize bad odor.
Other Care and Maintenance Tips
We recommend the use of cotton inners or cotton hand wraps. They absorb the excess sweat thereby keeping your gloves dry. Hand wraps also protect the stitching and delicate materials used to make your boxing gloves.
Right before your boxing session, pushups are encouraged. However, never do pushups while wearing your boxing gloves. It wears them off quicker: Unless your gloves have the “push up zone” label.
The Bottom Line
We hope the above discuss answers the question “can you wash boxing gloves in a washing machine?” The most important factor is to understand the material and design of your boxing gloves. This way, you will have better ideas on how to wash them.