Hanging Gloves: Comprehensive Guides for Cleaning Gloves

Hey, garden warriors! Keeping those lovely plants healthy is rewarding, but let's not forget that your hard-working garden gloves need some TLC, too! Washing garden gloves can be a bit more complicated than throwing them in with your regular laundry. Different fabrics require special treatment, and believe it or not, temperature matters. So, let's dive into the nitty-gritty of how to clean, wash, and maintain those trusty garden gloves.

Why Cleaning Garden Gloves is Important

Firstly, why bother? Well, dirty gloves can harbor bacteria, fungi, and other garden gunk that can lead to skin problems or infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper hand hygiene and protective equipment cleaning are crucial for your health1.

Dirty Gloves

Types of Garden Glove Fabrics and How to Clean Them

Cotton Gloves

Cotton gloves are usually the easiest to clean. Toss them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle (cold water) and let them air dry.

Leather Gloves

Leather gloves require special treatment. Use saddle soap and a soft cloth to clean them, followed by leather conditioner to keep them supple2.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves can be washed with mild soap and water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.

Synthetic Fabrics

Synthetic materials like polyester and nylon can typically go in the washing machine but should avoid the dryer to maintain their shape.

 Clothing Washing Tag

Temperature Matters

Hot water can shrink certain materials and cause dyes to bleed. Always opt for cold or lukewarm water when washing your gloves. The American Cleaning Institute recommends cold water for delicate fabrics like leather3.

Step-by-Step Guide to Washing Gloves

  1. Inspect Gloves: Check for major stains and tears.
  2. Pre-treat Stains: Use a mild detergent or stain remover.
  3. Hand/Machine Wash: Based on the fabric, choose the appropriate washing method.
  4. Rinse Thoroughly: Make sure all soap residues are gone.
  5. Wring Gently: Do not twist the fabric, as it might lose its shape.

Drying and Maintaining the Shape of Gloves: The SNAP Button Highlight!

And now, the part you've been waiting for. How to dry your gloves and maintain their shape? A brilliant way to do this is using a SNAP button to hang them up. Hanging your gloves ensures that they dry uniformly and maintains their original shape. This is particularly helpful because, according to a study by the Journal of Consumer Studies, improper drying can deform glove shape and reduce their longevity4.

Other Drying Options

  1. Air Dry: Lay them flat on a towel.
  2. Avoid Direct Sunlight: UV rays can weaken the fabric.
  3. No Tumble Drying: This can cause shrinking or misshaping.

Maintenance Tips

Regular cleaning extends the life of your gloves. Keep an extra pair handy so you're not tempted to use dirty ones. Also, storage matters. The National Institute of Health recommends storing gloves in a cool, dry place to prevent bacterial growth5.

Hanging Gloves after washing

Final Thoughts

Cleaning garden gloves may seem like a chore, but it's crucial for their longevity and your health. Using a SNAP button to hang your gloves post-washing is a pro tip that ensures they keep their shape. Remember, a little care goes a long way in making your gardening experience a wholesome one.


So there you have it, the A-to-Z of keeping those gloves in tip-top shape! Your feedback is invaluable to us. Got any glove-care tips of your own? Don't hesitate to share them in the comments. Happy gardening, everyone! 


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings." Link

  2. American Leather Chemists Association. "Care and Cleaning of Leather." Link

  3. American Cleaning Institute. "Laundry Temperature: Hot, Warm, or Cold?" Link

  4. Journal of Consumer Studies. "Effects of Washing and Drying on Clothing Durability." Link

  5. National Institute of Health. "Proper Storage of Gloves." Link