Goalkeeper gloves can get very smelly and nasty pretty quickly. The gloves might be good protection and provide great grip for goalkeepers but they don’t breathe well at all. That leads to a lot of sweat and a lot of bacteria that can cause them to smell really bad. Washing goalkeeper gloves should be done every week to make sure that the gloves don’t spread bacteria and cause illness. Not sure how to wash goalkeeper gloves? Don’t worry. They are pretty easy to wash at home with some gentle detergent. You should never use a harsh detergent on the gloves because the chemicals in the detergent might cause the fabric to break down or lose some of the grip. The best soap to use when you are washing goalkeeper gloves is a very gentle all natural soap that doesn’t have any chemicals, dyes or perfumes like Rockin' Green. Here are some more tips that will teach you how to wash goalkeeper gloves:

Hand wash them: Goalkeeper gloves don’t do well in the washer. Make sure that you always hand wash the gloves. If you put them through the washing machine, it’s very likely that they will get damaged. They also won’t get as clean as they need to be in the washer. It can be tempting to just throw them in the washer with the sports clothes but take the time to hand wash them if you want them to work well.

Soak them: The best way to get the gloves is to soak them in a gentle cleaning solution. In a tub, in the sink, or even in a large bowl combine warm water with about half a cup of white vinegar and a few tablespoons of natural detergent. Soak the gloves in this mixture for at least half an hour. Adding the vinegar will kill the bacteria that is causing the smell. The soap will get rid of any stains and sweat. The warm water will prevent the gloves from shrinking as they soak.

Rinse them in cold water: Cold water shocks synthetic fabric and restores some of the breathability to it. When you are rinsing out an item that you have hand washed, like goalkeeper gloves that need to have as much breathability as possible, you should always rinse that item in cold water after washing. Then just pat the gloves to remove the excess moisture and hang them up to dry.