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How To Make Your Boxing Gloves Last Longer?

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boxing gloves last longer

How long do boxing gloves last? And how often should I change my boxing gloves? If you are looking for the answers to these questions, trust me, you are not alone. The best boxing gloves come at a price, and the additional value is attached to them when you use them.

I understand this feeling perfectly, and thus I have penned down a few tips and answers to regular Boxing gloves questions making your life a bit easier.

Boxing Gloves

Boxing gloves are prized possessions of every boxing and MMA enthusiast. With proper care and maintenance, you can elongate the life of your gloves. Care of the gloves becomes even more critical when you buy expensive boxing gloves.

The boxing gloves price factor should also never be overlooked, and sure an expensive boxing glove will offer you premium quality but sooner or later, you would have to give up that glove.

Gloves need a bit of TLC (tender loving care) that is entirely possible to do without having to spend extra money.

How to Clean Boxing Gloves?

Make it a habit of cleaning your boxing gloves regularly after each training session to increase their life. This cleaning ritual will only take a few minutes of your time every day/every session but will reward you in the longer run.

Buy some gloves cleaning solutions, or you can also clean them at home using a mild mixture of vinegar and water. Mix these in equal proportions and wipe the gloves from both inside and outside. The vinegar will instantly kill any bacteria or germs.

Boxing Gloves USA – Leather Conditioners

Leather conditioners work like a charm for leather boxing gloves. Not only will the conditioners prevent the leather exterior from drying out but also save them from cracking.

Using essential oils on the exterior of the gloves can also be beneficial; apply some on the surface using a cotton sheet, and go around in circular motions once they dry. Doing this will help curb the odor.

Be sure to use cleaning products that are without any harmful chemicals that could damage your gloves.

Use GloveStix

Dealing with the odor can become a tedious task once it gets settled inside the glove; I advise dealing with odor problems at the source. For odor, use a GloveStix, a deodorizer.

GloveStix will eliminate odor and stop the growth of smelly bacteria in the gloves. It works as a moisture absorber and works to neutralizes the smell.

Meister Glove Deodorizers for Boxing and All Sports - Absorbs Stink and Leaves Gloves Fresh - Cologne
  • Absorbs unwanted moisture and odor to keep gloves hygienic
  • Leaves gloves smelling fresh with Cedar, Fresh Linen, Cologne or Lavender aroma
  • Increases life of gloves by avoiding breakdown from moisture
  • High quality flannel and premium aromatic, absorbent fillings. Nunchucks design keeps gloves together
  • Works great for Boxing Gloves, Goalie Gloves, Hockey Gloves, Ski Gloves & more. Even fits perfectly in shoes!

Last update on 2024-05-24

Proper Storage of Boxing Gloves

After you are done cleaning your boxing gloves, it is imperative that you air them out properly and not put them in your gym bag or locker. The germs in an enclosed area thrive and contaminate the gloves once again.

Let your gloves air dry, and the odor disperse naturally. One of the recommended practices is to hand them up and take them down only when you want to train again. Plus, using a fan to dry the inner of the boxing gloves can also help but do not use a blow dryer.

Don’t leave the gloves out in the sunlight or close to a heating source; doing this can put an incredible strain on the gloves, and the gloves will start to crack over time.

Pro Tip

When Should You Replace Your Boxing Gloves?

As a boxer – professional or beginner – one should always know when it is time to hang up that old pair of gloves and get a new pair. If not, it will negatively affect your performance in the ring, and you could also hurt your opponent while you are in the match.

Therefore, it is advised that you replace your boxing gloves every 1 to 2 years of training or less if you use them daily.

How Do I Know When to Replace Boxing Gloves?

Here are a few indicators that you should look for:

old boxing gloves and gym
A perfect example is that it is time for a change

Damage and Tearing

Boxing gloves are made from leather and are prone to tears with constant use. The tears on the boxing gloves are hard to miss and can even cause injury to you or your opponent. The referees even won’t allow the use of torn gloves.

Velcro gloves can become loose on your hands with regular tying and untying of the Velcro straps. It is advised to secure the gloves properly before you go in the ring; this is important both for you and your opponent’s safety.

Additionally, other factors cause damage to the gloves, like dry heat or sunlight. Extended exposure to heat can crack the gloves and can tear them open during use.

Therefore, it is advised to replace the gloves as soon as you notice them wearing out.


Boxing gloves are not immortal products, and they do come with a lifespan that depends on their quality. As a beginner, you could put less stress on the gloves, and they might last you a few years.

But as a professional or experienced boxer who trains daily, the gloves are going to wear out in a matter of months, necessitating a replacement.


Training for long hours will make your hands sweat a lot – naturally, the hands will emit an unpleasant smell. The gloves also get dirty with time and use from both inside and outside. The insides, however, turn into a house for bacteria and germs.

Additionally, boxing gloves are extremely hard to clean from the inside. If this odor becomes unbearable and permanent, you should buy a new pair of boxing gloves. Also, if you find tear damage on the gloves and they also stink the entire gym, it is time to bid them a farewell.


Boxing gloves don’t have a long shelf life, and this is the most important thing one must remember. The boxing gloves are designed to perform well and last from a few months to years. 1-3 years maximum or average time for any boxing gloves to last, longer if they are not in use daily.

You should invest in the right boxing gloves, depending on the type of use you will be taking out of them. Additionally, you have to figure out if and when there is a need to buy a pair of fresh-looking boxing gloves to stay safe and avoid getting hurt.

It is always a good practice to replace the gloves after a certain period has passed.

Last Updated on May 29, 2022 by Deni

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Hi, I started training Muay Thai back in 2016 and fell in love with it. So I decided to create this blog in the pursuit of this passion and share my experience with you.

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