Cotton gloves have been around for hundreds of years. In the past gloves were considered an essential part of a person's wardrobe. Now cotton gloves are used for many different purposes but are not required for formal occasions. Cotton gloves are typically used to protect your hands from dirty tasks or to protect your hands from the weather. Wearing gloves for these purposes exposes the gloves to dirt. It is important to know the proper way to wash cotton gloves to keep them looking like new.
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Inspect the gloves for any stains or spots. Read the label for any special cleaning instructions. Some gloves are not designed to be washed in a machine. You should hand wash gloves with details or patches glued to the gloves.
Prepare the gloves for washing by placing stain remover on any of the stains and spots. Rub the stain remover into the stain using a small, soft-bristled brush. Let them sit for several minutes but no longer than 10.
Wash the gloves in the washing machine according to color. Wash dark gloves in cold water; wash white gloves in hot water. Wash white gloves with 1 to 2 tbsps. of bleach to bring out the whiteness in the gloves. If the gloves have detailing or are especially delicate, hand wash them in a sink with some laundry detergent. Rinse gently.
Dry the gloves according to the label. You can dry many cotton gloves in the dryer. You may need to lay some flat, or hang them to dry. If there are any doubts, it is best to line dry the gloves.
It is best to wash cotton gloves by themselves. Washing gloves with other clothing increases the chance you might lose a glove in the washing or drying process.
Drying cotton gloves in the dryer will often cause them to shrink. Be prepared for this, and order a size larger than usual. Never pour bleach directly onto a glove even if it is white. This can damage the fabric and leave unsightly gloves. Always dilute bleach in water. Do not dry gloves with detailing or objects glued to the outside. This will cause the glue to come undone and ruin the gloves.