How to Wash Hockey Gloves

If you’ve ever played hockey before, you’ve surely caught a whiff of the “hockey smell.” No one likes the smell of dirty hockey gear. Your Mom hates it, you hate it, and if you don’t, there’s probably something wrong with you. Looking to make your gear a little more tolerable in the smell department? Here are our pro’s tips.

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Washing and Drying

The easiest way to get rid of any hockey-related smell, especially on your gloves, is to wash them (shocker). Here are our tips on how to get your gear properly cleaned at home.


Throw your gloves into the wash on the longest cycle possible.
Use your go-to daily detergent. Skip any sort of bleach that isn’t the Oxygen type.


Hang up your gloves in front of a fan until they’re completely dry.

Other Tips:

  • Throwing your gloves into a bath, halfway filled with warm water and a ¼ of a cup of your average detergent is another option. Let your gloves sit in the water for ten minutes or so and then drain the tub while washing off any excess detergent on your gloves.
  • Make sure to dry anything that gets wet during a skate ASAP.

Related Resources:

Hockey Gloves Buying Guide
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