How to Clean Bicycle Gloves

How to Clean Bicycle Gloves
Bicycle gloves get dirty. We sweat in them, wipe our brows with them and touch dirty surfaces with them. They accumulate bacteria from our sweat and develop a foul odor. The process to clean cloth gloves is a little different than it is to clean leather gloves. Both cleaning processes only take a few minutes. So don't be the rider with the smelly bike gloves, go ahead and clean them--your nose will thank you for it.


Difficulty: Easy

Leather Gloves

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bar of hand soap
  • Towel
  • Leather conditioner
  • Powdered laundry detergent
Step 1
Turn the gloves inside out and put them on your hands as normal.
Step 2
Wash your gloved hands with regular hand soap and water. Rub your hands together to suds up both the back and front of your gloved hands.
Step 3
Rinse your gloved hands under running water to remove the soap.
Step 4
Take off the gloves and turn them right-side out.
Step 5
Squeeze the water out of the gloves, starting at the tips of the fingers and working your way down to the cuff.
Step 6
Lay the gloves out flat on a clean towel to dry.
Step 7
Massage a pea-sized amount of leather conditioner into each leather glove, after they have dried. The conditioner softens the leather gloves, making them more pliable. If only part of the gloves are made of leather, use a little less conditioner and only rub it into the leather areas.

Cloth Gloves

Step 1
Fasten the Velcro cuff straps.
Step 2
Wash the gloves in a washing machine in cold water, using powdered, bleach-free laundry detergent.
Step 3
Lay the gloves out flat on a clean towel to dry. The gloves will be a little stiff after they dry, but will soften as you wear them.

Tips & Warnings

Bicycle gloves that are made out of both cloth and leather should be washed, following the directions for leather gloves.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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