How To Clean Boxing Gloves Guide

In this guide, we’ll aim to answer all your questions about how to clean boxing gloves & boxing equipment.
While we mainly focus on gloves here,
The below guide can be utilised with many other pieces of training gear,
Such as shin guards & headgear.

Boxing gloves are treated differently between each individual.
Whether you’re a boxer, kickboxer, Muay Thai fighter, etc. every student treats their boxing gloves in a particular way.
Some treat them with the utmost care & respect, others may treat them like junk mail.
How you take care of your equipment will directly affect how long it lasts, regardless of their build quality!
The team at Punch is here to help you learn when, why, where & how to clean your boxing gloves in order to extend their eventual retirement!

Why should you clean your boxing gloves?

The longevity of course!
Boxing gloves should be treated as an investment, like a new car if you will.
If you treat your boxing gloves with respect, they will pay you back in the long run.
Cleaning your boxing gloves can prevent infections, injury & of course, the need to pay for new boxing gloves every other month!

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How often should you clean boxing gloves?

After every session, no if’s or buts!
Firstly, never leave your boxing gear inside of your training bag after a sweaty session, air them out, immediately!
While having a breathable mesh type training bag is extremely beneficial, keeping sweaty gear separated & in fresh air after training is a sure way to extend the life of your gear.
Once your boxing gloves are out of your bag, give them a quick wipe down with a clean towel or cloth ( at the very least ) to ensure any excess sweat doesn’t set into the glove.
If there is a lot of moisture within the boxing glove, inserting a towel or cloth may help absorb some of the excess sweat away from the inner lining, a ceiling or stand up fan can assist with the drying process also!
Another method is dabbing a small amount of baby powder into your boxing gloves which can have the same effect as the above, just remember to shake the powder out shortly after application.
Once wiped down, move them to a cool, dry area, preferably undercover & away from the sun with good air circulation & cool temperature if possible.

If the sun is still out,
Using sunlight in small doses can be beneficial for drying, more than a few minutes/hours however can add more moisture causing more detrimental to boxing gloves, especially if they were wet, to begin with!
Ensure to keep an eye on your equipment when leaving them in the open!

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How do you clean & sanitise smelly gloves?

Noone likes the stinky student,
Once boxing gloves or other fight gear starts to produce odour, removing it can be difficult as it soaks & sets into every area of the glove.
Prevention, in this case, is certainly more important than a cure!
To prevent this from occurring in the first place, we highly recommend using boxing hand wraps, quick wraps or cotton inners EVERY time you train.
Think of this as wearing socks inside your shoes, without them, we all know how badly our feet can stink after a hard day’s work!
The same applies for boxing gloves, wearing wraps creates a barrier between your sweat & your boxing gloves, never forget to wear them!

To clean gloves with a current odour issue,
A good spray of natural disinfectant or deodorizer each week can help to remove bacteria & most of the nasty smell,
Try to avoid any products with harsh or strong chemicals as they have the potential of causing damage your boxing gloves.

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Can you put boxing gloves in the washing machine?

In short… NO!
If you felt the need to do the above, your boxing gloves may need to be laid to rest!
You should never wash boxing gloves or other boxing equipment as they will at the VERY least take weeks to dry off,
It’s best to keep your gloves away from any washing machine to ensure their longevity.

How often should I change my boxing gloves?

Our team recommend owning 2 pairs of boxing gloves if you train more than approx. 1-2 times per week.
Purpose & circulation of course!
If you to wear the one pair of shoes for every activity you undertake,
They could eventually cause unnecessary injury & deteriorate much faster.
The same applies to boxing gloves,
If you are a fighter, having a pair of gloves for bag/pad training & another pair for sparring.
You not only have a longer lifespan in your equipment, but each glove will also then have a purpose for each activity & minimising the risk of injury!

When it is time to do a quick health check on your equipment, there are a few questions you should consider before purchasing your next set of gloves,

1. How are they holding up?
Are they deteriorating in any particular area, is the padding ok? Is the stitching or casing broken or torn in any areas?
You wouldn’t drive around with a flat tire, so it’s best not to hit the bag with gloves that are also broken down.

2. Do they cause discomfort or pain while training?
While pain & injury can be inevitable in any combat sport, wearing protective equipment can definitely lower the risks,
Your hands contain small bones, muscles, ligaments & tendons which aren’t designed to take a continuous beating, wearing boxing gloves with adequate padding & support in the right areas should help lower the chances of injury.

They should also feel comfortable to wear throughout your training session.
If you feel consistent pain in your hand, knuckles, wrists, forearms, etc.
It’s best to speak to your coach or even better, one of our team members who can assist you in finding your next pair of boxing gloves to suit your needs.

3. Do they smell?
If your gloves could make a skunk feel nauseous, it may be time to hang them up!
There is nothing worse than being knocked out by hideous odour!

In summary,
If any of the above questions are a yes, you should consider purchasing or upgrading your boxing gloves,
Punch Equipment supplies over 10 different distinct, variations of boxing gloves alone, as each person’s needs are different.

Whether you need serious protection, comfort or durability, Punch Equipment has a boxing glove for you!
Thanks for reading our guide on how to clean boxing gloves.