A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Clean A Moldy Baseball Glove

Do you own a baseball glove and last cleaned it a while ago? Or you played with it outside and forgot it in the rain, and now it is covered in mold. Would you like to learn how to clean a moldy baseball glove? Then you are in the right place.

This article will cover how to clean a moldy baseball glove. Also, give a few tips to remember when cleaning your moldy baseball glove. Let’s get into it.

Steps to cleaning a moldy baseball glove

Follow this simple step-by-step process on how to clean a moldy baseball glove below, and you will never have to worry about your baseball glove being dirty and covered in mold again.

  1. First, you want to loosen the lace of the baseball glove. It is optional, as unlacing the glove can take a while. However, it also helps to get to every part of the baseball glove when cleaning.
  2. Get a piece of clothing and dust off the baseball glove. This process will make it easy to get the mold off faster.
  3. Deep a toothbrush inside of water mixed with mild soap. Ensure the brush is soft, so it doesn’t create cracks on your baseball glove; scrub your glove thoroughly using the brush. Make sure to scrub every corner of the glove.
  4. After scrubbing, use a piece of damp clothing and clean every part of the baseball glove. You can soak the clothing in water or soak it with vinegar to disinfect any germs on the glove. Vinegar helps kill germs from mold.
  5. Air-dry the baseball glove for 24 hours. Ensure your baseball glove is adequately dry before proceeding to the next step.
  6. Apply conditioner to your baseball glove. It is advisable to apply the conditioner in small portions and spread it around the baseball glove. Always use a conditioner that is made of leather. The leather conditioner helps in restoring moisture to your baseball glove.
  7. Air-dry your baseball glove for another 24 hours or until it is properly dried.
  8. If you followed the first step, unlacing your baseball glove, you would want to lace back the glove.

Tips to remember when cleaning a moldy glove

  • Always do a patch test on a small part of the leather baseball glove to check for reaction before using any soap or conditioner all over your leather baseball glove. Carrying out a patch test will help to prevent any irreversible damage.
  • You can wear a nose mask to help prevent dust from a mold from getting into your nose during the cleaning process. However, this tip is optional. You don’t have to wear a nose mask if you don’t want to.
  • Do not wash your baseball glove in a washing machine. It will lead to damage to your glove. 
Tips On How To Clean A Moldy Baseball Glove
Tips On How To Clean A Moldy Baseball Glove

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

What kind of mold will grow on glove leather?

In most cases, basic mold and mildew grow on only some kinds of leather if maintained regularly. If you leave your leather glove in a dark, damp area for too long, mold will definitely grow on them.

Can I wash my glove in a washing machine? Should I?

No, you shouldn’t wash your leather glove in a washing machine. Even if you use the lowest setting, a washing machine will still use hot water and turn at high speed. This will lead to damaging or tearing up the glove quite easily.


Here is hoping that you have learned how to clean a moldy baseball glove from our article. We have ensured that all our steps are easy and work properly for you.

You can do it yourself at home with ease. If you wanted to clean the inside of a baseball glove check out our other article.

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