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How to Clean Batting Gloves

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author image S.R. Becker
S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.
How to Clean Batting Gloves
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Batting gloves help ball players get a grip on the bat. Whether you wear thin batting gloves for baseball or thick ones for cricket, they can get smelly after sweating in them. Your sweat, combined with playing on a dirt field and sliding into bases, can leave gloves in need of serious cleaning. Batting gloves are usually made of leather, so choosing the proper soap makes a difference between wearing gloves again and having to buy new ones.

Step 1

How to Clean Batting Gloves
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Take your glove outdoors and give it a good shake to remove any surface dirt. Put the glove on your hand after shaking.

Step 2

How to Clean Batting Gloves
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Scrub your glove all over with a dry leather brush to get rid of as much ground-in dirt as you can. After brushing, take the glove off and shake it out again.

Step 3

How to Clean Batting Gloves
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Mix two or three drops of hand dishwashing liquid in a bowl of lukewarm water. You should not see suds. As an alternative, use commercial leather cleaner.

Step 4

How to Clean Batting Gloves
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Dampen a sponge with the water and squeeze it out. If you are using commercial leather cleaner, saturate the sponge according to the package directions.

Step 5

How to Clean Batting Gloves
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Put the glove on again and wipe it clean with the sponge. Use a gentle touch to avoid saturating the leather with water.

Step 6

How to Clean Batting Gloves
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Rinse the sponge with plain water and squeeze it out. Wipe the glove again to remove any soap.

Step 7

How to Clean Batting Gloves
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Clip the glove to a clothesline or hanger with clothespins. Hang the glove to dry outdoors or in front of an open window.

Step 8

How to Clean Batting Gloves
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Apply leather conditioner to the dry glove according to the package directions.

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