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How to Wash Polyester Gloves? (2 Easy Methods)

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how to wash polyester gloves

Polyester is one of the most popular materials for gloves. It is strong, lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, and quick-drying. You can always rely on a good pair of Polyester gloves to keep you warm in this harsh winter.

But how to wash Polyester gloves? Is there any precaution I should be aware of? Below, we’ll walk you through two methods: washing and dry-cleaning. But don’t worry! You won’t need any fancy cleaning detergents or equipment.

Whether you intend to wash Thinsulate gloves, winter gloves, or other types of Polyester garments, this article is for you.

Steps to Wash Polyester Gloves

What you need

  • Mild detergent
  • Cold water

In addition, prepare a chlorine-free bleach if you need to remove stains from the gloves. You can replace the bleach with rubbing alcohol, baking soda, or white vinegar.

Step 1. Remove stains (optional)


Firstly, add some chlorine-free bleach in cold water to dilute it. Then, dampen a cloth with the solution and use it to blot the stains. To get satin gloves white again, you can soak the gloves in diluted bleach for an hour before rinsing them off.

  • Note: Never pour bleach directly onto Polyester gloves. Doing so will stiffen the fabric and damage its color.

If you choose household detergents for this step, use the following procedures:

  • Rubbing alcohol: Dab rubbing alcohol on the stains with a white cloth. When the stains come off, rinse the gloves under cold water.
  • White vinegar: Mix one tablespoon of dish soap, one cup of water, and one cup of vinegar to make a stain remover. Apply it to the spots with a cloth and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing under cold water.
  • Baking soda: Mix one part of baking soda and two parts of water. Scoop the paste with a cloth and use it to rub against the spots. Then, rinse with cold water.

Step 2. Wash the gloves


Can I machine-wash Polyester? Yes, you can. But always check the care tags beforehand. 100% Polyester gloves are usually machine-safe. Here’s how to machine-wash gardening gloves:

  • Remove the linings of your gloves
  • Place the gloves and linings in a mesh bag and put it in the washing machine (silk linings must be hand-washed)
  • Pour a mild detergent and choose a delicate cycle

However, if you have time, always try to hand-wash Polyester gloves. Hand-washing will help extend the lifespan and keep your gloves in their top shape. Follow these steps:

  • Remove the linings to wash them separately
  • Make soapy water with a mild detergent
  • Soak the gloves and linings in the solution and gently rub off any dirt or grime
  • Rinse them with cold water

Step 3. Dry


When the gloves are still wet, put them on and stretch your fingers to restore their shape. Don’t wring or wrist the gloves.

Finally, hang them on a line or place them on a flat surface to dry naturally. It would help to hang them from the fingertips so water can drip out completely. If the care instructions allow, tumble dry your Polyester gloves to speed up this step.

Steps to Dry-Clean Polyester Gloves


You shouldn’t wash Polyester gloves too often, especially thick winter ones. The material stiffens and reduces its insulation each time you soak and dry it. Throughout the winter months, you should only wash your gloves two to three times.

To keep your handwear nice and fresh, dry-clean them. This method is super effective and versatile. You can use it to wash wool gloves and clean leather gardening gloves.

What you need

  • Baking soda
  • Essential oil
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft bristle brush

Step 1. Deodorize with baking soda


To begin, make two baking soda sachets:

  • Place ¼ cup of baking soda on a fabric swatch
  • Add a few drops of essential oil
  • Tie it up with a rubber band

After that, insert the sachets into your gloves and let them sit overnight. The baking soda will neutralize the acidic odors inside your gloves.

Step 2. Scrub off dirt and grime

Remove the baking soda sachets. Then, use a soft brush to scrub the gloves’ exterior. Use gentle motions so you won’t damage the fabric. When you finish, shake the gloves to get rid of any loose dirt.

Step 3. Disinfect with rubbing alcohol


Dip a cotton ball into 90% isopropyl alcohol and gently dab the alcohol on the entire surface. You should coat the gloves lightly; don’t apply excessive moisture. Finally, let your pair dry naturally.

The alcohol will kill bacteria and germs on the gloves’ exterior. This step is crucial to prevent the transmission of winter flu.


When was the last time you washed your gloves? Don’t risk carrying E-coli, influenza virus, or even COVID around! Polyester is quick-drying and easy to clean, so wash your pairs today.

If you have any further questions on how to wash Polyester gloves, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section. We are more than glad to assist. Thank you for reading.

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