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How to Wash Ski Gloves – The Ultimate Guide from Pro Skiers!

How to Wash Ski Gloves
Written by Brian G Smith

Proper maintenance is the next phase after purchasing the right gloves. Maintenance is required to ensure longevity in usage. Normally, not all forms of ski gloves or mittens whichever you use require washing frequently.

However, as the gloves are used often, the need to wash them strikes in with time to keep them in the best condition. It is important to wash less frequently than you would with a normal cloth.

Here is a step-by-step guide to take good care of your ski or snowboarding gloves.

How to Wash Ski Gloves?

washing ski gloves

Washing Ski Gloves with Fixed Liners

Hand washing is the only recommended method. Adhering to the instruction below will help yield effective results:

  • Use a dry fabric to wipe off the cloth to remove dirt off the surface.
  • Spot clean the area with a clean wet fabric, use water alone.
  • For more cleaning, you will need to compile the mixture of Woolite or any form of mild soap with water, then clean up the spot again using the wet fabric.
  • For deep stains that require deep cleaning, submerge the entire ski gloves directly in the soap/Woolite and water. This will ensure the inner part of the gloves is kept clean. Rub the body properly and rinse it out with clean water.
  • To decrease the amount of water on the gloves, squeeze the ski glove gently and try not to get too hard on it.
  • Most importantly, expose the gloves outside to get dried properly. Avoid direct contact with heat since it can lead to damages on the surface of the gloves.
  • If your ski glove has leather features, then it can be treated with the use of chemicals that are meant to clean up the leather surface. Do this when the gloves are properly dried.
  • On the other hand, you can restore the waterproof feature on the gloves, and this can be done using a spray DWR if you have a non-leather material or if you have a waterproof in place of the leather.

Washing Ski Gloves with Removable Liners

Note, it is important to avoid washing the ski gloves regularly. But if the need arises, you can follow these steps considering your gloves are made with removable liners.

Machine Wash Your Liners

  • In some cases, you might have a liner that is washable with machines; as a result, you stand the chance of having your gloves clean in a hygienic way.
  • Use water with a gentle detergent on the machine to ensure the gloves fiber is not damaged and the breathability on the entire ski is maintained.
  • Wash the liner with similar colored material.
  • If you are using a dryer, then we recommend setting it down with low heat, or better still, you can air-dry the liner.

Hand Wash Your Liners

  • You can use a vinegar solution or mild detergent to wash off the entire liner properly.
  • You can either use the low heat setting on the dryer or air dry the entire liners.

Washing the Outer Layer (the Shells)

  • If you want to wash the outer layer of the ski gloves, which is also known as the glove shell, start with wiping the gloves using a dry fabric to ensure the dirt is completely removed
  • If you’re only water, you will need to spot clean the area with a wet fabric.
  • To ensure perfection on the surface, compile the entire mixture of both Woolite and water with any available mild soap, afterward spot clean the surface again using a wet fabric
  • For more cleaning, we recommend, submerging the entire ski gloves directly in the mixture soap/ Woolite and water, this can also ensure the inner part of the gloves are kept clean
  • Rub the entire gloves properly, rinse, and sun-dry
  • To reduce excess water, squeeze the entire gloves gently
  • Most importantly, the gloves should be air dry, try to avoid direct contact with heat since it can lead to damage
  • If the ski gloves you’re using have leather features, then proper treatment can be carried out with special chemicals that are meant to clean leather, but this has to be done when the glove is properly dried
  • You can also restore the waterproof feature that is found on the gloves with the aid of a DWR spray if the glove is made from non-leather material or if the ski gloves have a waterproof solution for the most leather area

Drying Your Ski Gloves

Drying Your Ski Gloves

  • If you want the best out of the ski gloves, you will need to treat the gloves properly. Exposure to excess heat can only lead to damage, so it is important to follow the procedures below to ensure the glove lasts for a longer time.
  • You don’t need to wash ski gloves before it gets wet. So it’s vital to ensure that the gloves are properly dried after each use, and this should be carried out on room temperature. Avoid the use of radiators or dryers since they can also lead to damage on the insulation and material used.
  • One of the profound steps to adopt when drying ski gloves is to ensure the gloves are kept in an upward direction. Warm air travel upwards, so if the gloves are kept standing, it tends to dry quicker and still retains its proper shape.
  • If you experience drying ski gloves that takes a long time, then we recommend trying out a breathable ski glove. Like ski masks, breathable gloves tend to dry quicker; as a result, the gloves provide more efficiency and are more durable.
  • If you have ski gloves that have removable liners, then you can try to remove the liner entirely and hang it on a separate line.
  • Avoid the use of direct heat, to avoid damages.

Leather Ski Gloves

Compared to most items that are made from leather, leather gloves also need extra care. If the glove has leather thumbs, palms and fingers you better avoid the use of your washing machine.

Here are some steps stick closely to if you’re washing a ski glove made from leather.

  • You will need to use a damp cloth to clean off surface dirt, try not to submerge a leather glove in water.
  • You can use specific leather cleaners, if possible. Spray out the solution on the outer part of the gloves. Wipe off the gloves with clean cloth and avoid rinsing. Avoid spraying those parts of the gloves that are not leather.
  • Allow the gloves to air dry. Do not hang or tumble the gloves directly on a heat source.

Once the gloves are completely dried, use a wax or leather conditioner with fabric to polish the gloves and to ensure it is water prove; this also helps the gloves from cracking. You can carry this out with your hands inserted on the inner part of the gloves to ensure no area is missing out. Try as much as you can not to avoid applying it to areas that are made from leather.


Ski gloves that are built and designed with tough handle tend to appear easy when washing or cleaning. If you want to have an odor-free glove, then we suggest buying gloves that are designed with removable liners. Most powder X-Series gloves are primarily designed to carry out this purpose.


Q. 1: How do you clean smelly ski gloves?

A. Avoid removing the in the gloves if it’s not removable. Most importantly, avoid turning the gloves inside out. Don’t use of detergents that are meant for laundry when washing water prove items. Doing this can strip the repellent capabilities of the fabric.

Q. 2: How do I turn my ski gloves inside out?

A. Use hydrogen peroxide or rub alcohol on the outer part of the gloves and allow it 5-10 minutes; this will ensure the surface is entirely disinfected. Ensure all forms of excessiveness is wiped off entirely. Sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda inside the gloves, then close up the opening located on the glove wrist. Using 5 – 10 minutes to shake the powder in the inner part of the gloves; doing this will absorb oily stain and odor in the glove.

About the author

Brian G Smith

“Hey, are you out of your mind?” - this is what I often hear when people see me performing some really dangerous stunts. While most people use scooters to commute, I use mine to hone my stunting skills. Yes, that’s me, Brian Smith. I’ve a small group of like-minded people in my team that love to do all sorts of stunts with their kick scooters and skateboards. My fans also ask me to teach them a thing or two every now and then. This is why I am here. In my leisure time, I like to write about what I do with my scooters and what I am going to do next. One thing I want to say to all my fans - Don’t hit the streets without proper information and training..

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