How To Clean Field Hockey Balls

Knowing how to clean field hockey balls is a good skill for players to have. Solid plastic field hockey balls get knocked across grass, dirt, and mud. They get super dirty, and sometimes the stuff on them can not only make them look pretty bad, but can make the ball hard to see when in play. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to clean field hockey balls to their former brightness.

Here are the materials you will need to clean field hockey balls:

  • Outdoor hose
  • Bucket (optional)
  • Old toothbrush
  • Soft Scrub cleanser
  • Sink and Water
  • Old bath towel


  1. Rinse the ball with a hose outside. Get off all the debris you can. If you are cleaning several balls, or if the ball is very dirty, soak the balls for 15 minutes. Rinse them in a bucket, and agitate with your hand. Pour out the water when they are well rinsed.
  2. Wet the old toothbrush. Squeeze a small amount of the Soft Scrub directly onto a field hockey ball. Over a sink, rub gently with the toothbrush. Scrub harder as necessary. Do this over the entire surface of the plastic ball.
  3. Rinse the Soft Scrub cleanser off of each ball over the sink. Use plain water to do so. If you see that the ball is not adequately clean, then repeat step 2.
  4. Use the old bath towel to dry the field hockey balls. Let them sit until completely dry. Put away the supplies you used to clean field hockey balls.

Now your field hockey balls are nice and clean. Whether white, red, or yellow, you’ll be able to see your ball as it zips across the turf.

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