Clean your boxing gloves after every workout to prevent odor buildup.
If you’ve ever left a pair of sweaty boxing gloves in your gym bag overnight, you know they can become smelly. Stinky gloves are not only embarrassing in class, but they can also become a health hazard. The odor that builds up in sweaty boxing gloves comes from bacteria, which can infiltrate a cut or scratch on your hand and lead to infection. Wrapping your hands before putting on your gloves is one way to absorb the sweat, but cleaning the gloves regularly is still essential.
Wipe your gloves down with an antibacterial towelette or a paper towel sprayed with antibacterial cleanser after every use. To make your own natural antibacterial cleaner, mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of water and five drops of tea tree or lavender oil in a spray bottle.
Air out your gloves after every workout. Take them out of your gym bag, open them up as much as possible and clip them to a clothesline or clothes hanger. If you can’t hang them outdoors, hang them in front of a fan or an open window to help them air out faster.
Fill two old socks with cedar chips. Tie the ends of the socks shut and place them inside your gloves to help absorb odors between boxing matches.
Place each glove in a large freezer bag and store them in the freezer overnight to kill bacteria. Air them out for a day or two afterward.
Wash your gloves once every two to four weeks in a sink full of lukewarm water with enough antibacterial liquid soap added to make mild suds. Allow the gloves to soak for half an hour, squeeze out as much water as possible and hang them outdoors to dry. Give them time to dry completely before wearing them again.
- Antibacterial towelette or spray
- Spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Lavender or tea tree oil
- Paper towels
- Clothesline or clothes hanger with clips
- Old socks
- Cedar chips
- Large freezer bags
- Antibacterial soap
- Cedar chips are sold in pet stores as small-animal bedding.
- Always check the care label on your gloves before submerging them in water. If you’re unsure about the care instructions, contact the manufacturer or ask your boxing coach.
By : S.R. Becker, Demand Media