Being Nomadic is a reader-supported blog. When you purchase anything via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission without costing you anything extra.

How to Wash Ski Gloves: The Ultimate & Accurate Guide for 2021

While we enjoy making memories at the mountain, we tend to overlook what goes through our gloves. Touching different objects, holding skis, and whatnot, later it becomes a little sweaty and grimy at the end of the trip.

You wash your ski goggles, jacket, and pants clean, so why not your gloves? And if you think that your gloves are waterproof, then let me tell you, those gloves need reproofing too! That’s why it’s very important to learn how to wash ski gloves in right manner.

I have faced certain situations like damaging my skin and getting rashes because I used to ignore the instructions given by the manufacturer.

And the reason is I didn’t take the cleaning of the gloves seriously. That is why I am making sure it doesn’t happen to you too and help you to keep your gloves ready for your next adventure!

how to wash ski gloves
An Updated Guide on Wash How to Wash Ski Gloves

That is why I am making sure it doesn’t happen to you too and help you to keep your gloves ready for your next adventure!

How to Wash Ski Gloves: The Preparation Stage

Before moving on to the learning part of how to wash ski gloves, it is crucial to understand the material of your gloves. The method of cleaning and caring depends on the composition, the type of features your ski gloves offer. So all you need to do is check the label for the details of the fabric.

There are several types of material the gloves are made of, some are leather, and some are synthetic. In other cases, the item can be composed of two or more materials such as gloves with leather material on the palm and synthetic on the fingers.

Therefore, you need to be more careful while cleaning them as water is not the proper element to wash with.

In different circumstances, the gloves are made up of such material, which offers excellent insulation and has specific lining techniques. For them, you need to clean differently.

How to Wash Synthetic Ski Gloves?

The most basic material which is used in the making of ski gloves need cleaning in a certain way; let’s hop on to know more on how to wash ski gloves of this type:

Machine Wash Method

Wash Ski Gloves in Machine

In this method, you need to follow these easy steps:

  • Use laundry detergent, but please avoid certain items like fabric softener or bleaches, as they will definitely damage your gloves. As a result, they won’t last long.
  • Do read the instructions mentioned on the label before putting them in the machine.
  • Keep your synthetic gloves inside a laundry net bag before washing them in the machine. This will help to avoid damage to the buckles, zippers, and stitches of the gloves.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures while washing them in the machine.
  • They should run at a slow speed.

Hand Wash

This is one of the most common methods, and it’s effortless to do. All you have to do is :

  • With the help of a sponge or a clean cloth, dip that into the mixture of little liquid detergent or any mild formula and lukewarm water.
  • Gently scrub the gloves with a sponge or a soft cloth.
  • You can wear that glove and do the cleaning. This helps you to have a better grip.
  • If you want to clean the inside, you can turn the gloves out from the bottom, but never entirely inside out; that is not recommended.

Method of Reproofing or Drying

The following steps to drying are:

  • You need to drain most of the water by squeezing it out but do not twist it or press it too hard.
  • The best way to dry the gloves after the water is drained is to keep your gloves away from direct sunlight.
  • Hang it by the fingertips so that the water does not get collected at the tips.

Re proofing is done by:

  • Air drying is the most convenient process to regain DWR property.
  • You can also use a hairdryer if you want to, but only after if the label says it is safe.
  • In other ways to reproof your gloves, you need to apply re-proofer spray.

How to Wash Insulated Ski Gloves?

Insulated ski gloves help keep warm inside and block the cold air, as they are cold made with cold insulated fabric.

The unique part, the sweat can escape from the fabric keeping the hands from getting sweaty.

To wash them, you can either follow the hand or machine wash method instructions mentioned above.

Try to use baby shampoo in place of liquid detergent and use the dryer mode of the machine if you are following the machine wash method. This will keep the lofting properties restored when dried; otherwise, the gloves’ fabric can get damaged.

How to Wash If Your Gloves Are Wholly or Partly Made up of Leather

Just washing the leather gloves is not enough. You also need to preserve the natural waterproofing property of the gloves. Here are some steps you can follow, which I personally recommend:

  • Use an oil-based cleaning substance and a soft cloth.
  • Apply oil-based soap or liquid on the surface of the gloves, rub in a circular motion with fingertips or with a cloth.
  • Try to rub longer on the tricky spots or stains.
  • Leave the gloves to dry.
  • Polish the surface later with a cloth.
  • To soak all the oils (if present), sprinkle some cornstarch. This will absorb all the oil and avoid the smell.
  • Spray the inside with alcohol lightly to sanitize.

How to Wash Waterproof Ski Gloves?

Usually, if your gloves are not that dirty, you can easily clean them with the help of a damp sponge and a little bit of mild detergent.

How to Wash Waterproof Ski Gloves
Tips to wash waterproof ski gloves

But sometimes gloves stains are stubborn; in that case, you can use gentle liquid soap and warm water. You can either hand wash it or put it in the washing machine, but remove all the particles from the detergent tray.

The previous string detergent can damage the material if warned by the label. Put them in the mesh bag while washing and drying and keep them in the low setting.

Suppose you notice that the water is not running smoothly on the fabric. In that case, you need to reapply the waterproofing spray after the gloves dry entirely.

FAQs Related to How to Wash Ski Gloves

There are a few questions that may arise on your head if you are following this master guide on how to wash ski gloves. I am trying to address a few of them here.

How to Properly Wash Ski Gloves Liners?

All you need to do after washing them in lukewarm water and mild detergent. Once washed, you need to rinse it in a mixture of cold water and ¼ of a cup of vinegar. This helps to remove all the soap from the fabric and air dry it or towel dry.

Can I Put Ski Gloves and Mitten in the Washing Machine?

Ski Gloves can be machine washed with the help of gentle soap if it permits by the label on the gloves. But, Mittens are not recommended to wash in a machine as they can damage the fabric and lose its lofting properties.


Whether you wash it with your hands or with the help of the machine, make sure you sterilize the gloves by spraying some rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide lightly.

 I hope this article on how to wash ski gloves provides you with helpful information. We would love to hear your feedback!

Rocky D

Leave a Comment