Boxing Gloves Smell | How to Fix it

When you get a new pair of boxing gloves, you'll immediately embrace the fresh smelling odor that it comes with.

However, if you don't take care of your gloves, that fresh scent wont last very long.

In this page we'll go over what type of smell boxing gloves can have, and how to deal with the foul smelling ones.

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What Causes a Bad Smell

During a workout, your hands and arms produce sweat, and that sweat makes contact with the inside of your boxing gloves.

After a workout, that sweat becomes bacteria, and the moisture is a perfect breeding ground for that bacteria to multiply.

boxing gloves bad smell

After a few times of this occurring, you'll notice a strong foul smelling stench that can be very hard to get rid of.

How to Get Rid of the Bad Smell

  1. After the workout, use a clean dry towel to wipe the inside of the gloves.
  2. Use Vapor fresh to clean out the gloves. Vapor fresh can be used for all sorts of gym equipment including gym bags.
  3. Air out your gloves in a well ventilated area.

How to Prevent Foul Smelling Gloves

Dry Your Gloves

Moisture promoted bacteria growth, so ensure that you dry your gloves!

After using your gloves, you can hang dry them, or put them in front of a fan until they dry out completely.

air fan

Another alternative is to put them outside to dry in front of the sun. Be careful though, that it doesn't rain and then you've a bigger problem.

Wipe Your Gloves After Use

Use a clean dry towel to wipe your gloves after use. This is a common method used by fighters all around the world.

You'll want to make sure that you have a plastic bag, or something along those lines to store separately, rather that putting the newly soaked towel into your bag.

clean towel

Don't Put Your Gloves in Your Bag

The worst thing that you can do is put your dirty, wet gloves back into your bag after a workout.

It will not only cause the bad smell process to accelerate, but it can stink up the rest of the items in your bag as well.

The best thing that you can do is hang your gloves off of your bag (on the outside), to ensure they are getting some air. Or an alternative is to bring an extra plastic bag to put your gloves inside of, until you get home to air dry them.

Use Hand Wraps

Hand wraps are normally used to help your hands/wrists/joints better absorb impact and help minimize injury.

boxing wrap

However, they can also help absorb sweat from your hands and lessen the amount that goes into your gloves.

If you decide to do this, you'll want to ensure that your hand wraps are always clean, and at minimum you have several hand wraps to use per week. This will allow you to avoid needing to wash the same wrap for every workout.

Wash Your Hands

This may seem like a common sense tip, but you'd be shocked to know how many people don't do this.

By washing your hands before and after your workout, it'll help you minimize the amount of bacteria that can be near your equipment.

At the minimum, you should carry hand sanitizer to every workout to quickly sanitize until you get home to clean up completely.

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