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How to Wash Cotton Gloves? A Quick and Easy Guide

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how to wash cotton gloves

To keep cotton gloves fresh and uncontaminated, you need to maintain a proper cleaning routine. Here’s how to wash cotton gloves.

The first step is to get rid of dirty spots with a color-safe stain remover. For white cotton gloves, use a mixture of bleach, laundry detergent, and water. Then, place the gloves in a garment bag and put it into the washing machine on a gentle cycle with cold water. Finally, hang the gloves to air dry.

Below, you will find a step-by-step guide.

What You Will Need

  • Laundry detergent
  • Color-safe stain remover

You can use bleach instead of a stain remover for white cotton gloves as it won’t affect the color. Remember to spot test all the products before use, especially harsh cleaning agents.

Steps to Wash Colored Cotton Gloves


Step 1. Remove stains

Spray a small amount of stain remover on the dirty spots. Rub it in and wait for five minutes. You can leave it in longer if necessary. When the dirt dissolves, rinse the gloves with cold water.

Step 2. Wash the gloves

Now, flip the gloves inside out. Place them in a garment bag for machine wash. Do not use the machine for gloves labeled hand wash only or dry clean only.

Add the laundry detergent. Then, select a gentle or delicate cycle to wash gloves. You must use cold water as heat can shrink cotton.

Step 3. Dry

Read the label for how to dry the gloves. Many cotton gloves can be placed in the dryer. But it is best to hang them in a ventilated area to dry naturally.

Steps to Wash White Cotton Gloves


Step 1. Remove stains

Mix 1 to 2 tbsp of bleach and ¼ cup of laundry detergent with water. Stir to mix them well. After that, soak the gloves in the solution for at least 15 minutes.

The solution will help dissolve any grime and dirt on your gloves. But don’t leave them in the bleach solution for too long as it will harden the fabric.

Also, never pour bleach directly onto a glove. Doing so will damage the cotton and leave yellow stains. Always dilute bleach in water. You should wear rubber gloves during this step to protect your skin from the chemical.

The video below will help you visualize this step:

Step 2. Wash the gloves

Most cotton lotion gloves come with a glove washing bag. You can place them in the bag and use the washing machine.

Again, be sure to choose a gentle cycle and cold water setting. Don’t wash them with other colored clothes.

If you’re cleaning white thin cotton gloves, avoid the washing machine. You should hand wash and rinse them under running water.

Step 3. Dry

Finally, squeeze out any excess watee and lay the gloves on a flat surface to dry. If the work gloves have detailing on the outside, turn them inside out to dry.


Washable cotton gloves can last a long time if you take care of them properly. Remember to clean gloves regularly, dry them out after each use, and wash your hands before wearing gloves.

If you know friends who need this tutorial on how to wash cotton gloves, share it with them. Hand hygiene plays a significant role in overall health. Before you leave, don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comment section. We’ll see you then!

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