How To Clean Boxing Gloves
12 October 2017 10:48
Uncategorized, bacteria, boxing, gym, how to clean boxing gloves, sweat, why do boxing gloves smell
Boxing gloves can be an expensive piece of sports equipment when being used for a hobby and with some fetching over £300, if gloves are not maintained properly they can quickly deteriorate and will lead to you needing to spend more money. However, with very minimal effort you can maintain your boxing gloves appearance and prolong their lifespan.
In this article we are going to discuss the various methods for cleaning and preserving your boxing gloves to ensure you are not ‘that guy’ who’s gloves could clear the gym with their smell.
Why Do Boxing Gloves Smell?
Before we give you the best methods for cleaning your gloves, it is important to understand why they need cleaning and why they might smell.
Boxing is a very high intensity, fast paced, physical sport that will result in high levels of sweat being produced. It is not the sweat itself that smells but the protein, salts and lipids found in sweat being broken down by bacteria. When the bacteria breakdown the sweat they produce a by-product that has a very distinctive smell, BO or body odour! Whilst body odour is not dangerous and does not cause any health problems, it can be very embarrassing for some people and can lower self esteem.
Fresh sweat is odourless, stale sweat is not. By taking preventative measures, your gloves can remain sweat free forevermore.
There are a large number of anti-bacterial products on the market that are easy to use and will eliminate the bad bacteria that cause the bad smell. Simply spray your gloves after using to eliminate bacteria before it has chance to break sweat down.
One method that is mentioned a lot online is the freezer method. Depending on the strain of bacteria in your gloves, they are usually only active above temperatures of 5°C, a couple of degrees below this they will enter a state of dormancy and a couple of degrees lower again will result in the bacteria being killed. By putting your gloves in a plastic bag and then putting them in the freezer overnight, the cold temperature will kill the bad bacteria in your gloves before they can produce any bad smells.
The saltwater method is another well-known way to clean things and kill bacteria. The saltwater acts as a saline solution to kill any bacteria in your gloves.
Activated Charcoal & Cedar Chips
There are products available on the market containing either activated charcoal or cedar chips that are designed to deodorise boxing gloves. The idea behind these products is to absorb any moisture from the gloves so that there is nothing for the bacteria to feed on. These products can work on new gloves when and on gloves that only have a small amount of sweat after each use. However, they can only absorb so much sweat before they are full and once they are full, they will start to give off the stale sweat smell. These deodorising pouches can only be used on new gloves as they have no effect on stale sweat smells.
Envii Kit Fresh uses anaerobic bacteria and enzymes to eliminate the bad bacteria that breakdown sweat. By eliminating the bad bacteria, there is nothing to break down the sweat smell and it can simply be wiped away. Kit Fresh can be used on old or new gloves to prevent new smells or eliminate old. Give the gives a light misting inside and out after use and leave them to sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the bacteria to start working. After this time, gives the gloves a wipe to clean away any sweat. Finally, spray the gloves inside and leave the Kit Fresh to dry naturally.