How To Clean White Football Gloves

How to clean white football gloves often depends upon the type of gloves you have. Some gloves are made of special materials that resist dirt and staining and can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth. Others require more elbow grease, and leather gloves often need special care to keep from ruining the leather.

Playing football is hard on your gear, your uniform and your shoes as well as your body. In addition to collecting sweat and general dirt, white uniforms and gloves can easily pick up grass stains, dirt stains and other unpleasant marks.

A basic method for cleaning white football gloves requires:

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Laundry detergent
  • Soft cleaning cloth
  1. Make your cleaning mixture. This will consist of equal parts water and vinegar, with a small amount of detergent added.
  2. Put the glove on. This helps tighten the material, making it easier to wipe clean.
  3. Clean the outside of the glove. Using a soft cloth, wipe the outside of the gloves, removing dirt, marks and stains. The vinegar in your mix will not only help cut through body oils but will also help reduce odors.
  4. Clean the inside of the glove. After the outside has air-dried, turn the gloves inside-out and use the cleaning solution to wipe down the interior of the gloves. Again allow them to air dry, then turn them right side out again.
  5. Repeat for the other glove.


Baking soda added to the mixture will add additional cleaning power and will also provide more odor-removal. Baking soda and vinegar react strongly together, though, so be sure to mix them in a large container to prevent spillage.

Never place football gloves in the dryer. Some can be washed in a washing machine, but this is not recommended.

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