Gardening gloves are one of the essentials of gardening.
They are in the same category as gardening tools.
Trust me. Gardening would be difficult, boring and dangerous without gardening gloves.
Often times though, as gardeners we remove our gardening gloves after using and drop them somewhere without taking thought to it, until the next time we need it.
This wouldn’t have been a problem if not that it’s always difficult to get a hold of these gloves whenever we need them or want to clean them.
This is why we need to know how to store our gloves properly.
This also makes your gloves lasts longer.
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Ways to store gardening gloves.
Storing your gardening gloves or where you store them doesn’t have to be elaborate or grand.
It just has to be a place you can easily access, not forget and a place it is safe.
1. You can store your gardening gloves by attaching them to the wooden wall in your garage, shed or store.
How do you do this?
Get a wooden cloth clip and clip your gloves.
Apply glue generously to one side of the clip and press it onto the wooden surface you’ll like to keep.
When it is attached, you’re done.
From there you can easily attach and reattach your gloves by just clipping and unclipping.
2. You can store your gloves on a shelf.
If you have a shelf that is easily accessible and you wouldn’t forget easily.
You can keep your gloves there.
Make sure it’s high enough so you your kids can’t reach it and misplace it.
Also ensure that the shelf is in a cool and dry place so your gloves won’t be damaged.
3. Shoe boxes and cartons are also excellent in storing gardening gloves.
Get a shoe box and just place your gloves inside.
If you have more than one gardening gloves and you use them differently, you can store them in big cartons by using cardboards to separate them into segments.
This works perfectly, keeps your gloves neat and make it so you never misplace them.
4. You can also store your gloves in buckets.
Make sure the bucket is neat and dry.
Put it somewhere with good humidity for your gloves.
Also somewhere you won’t forget and that you have access to easily. It’s that simple.
Related: Here is an article I wrote on how to soften your leather garden gloves
Can I put gardening gloves in the dryer?
No, you cannot put your gardening gloves in the dryer.
It is better you allow your gloves to dry on its own.
Just air dry it and it will be fine.
Heat can shrink or damage your gloves.
This is why you shouldn’t place them in dryers.
Cotton gloves can shrink when placed in the dryer.
Leather gloves can even crack, shrink and get seriously damaged if put in the dryer.
Rubber gloves are even a no no.
Where should garden gloves be placed?
To prevent damage and especially mildew, always place your garden gloves in a cool and dry place.
This keeps your gloves in good condition and make it last long.
How do you disinfect garden gloves?
Disinfecting your garden gloves is important before every use because they may have come in contact with bacteria and fungi in the soil.
Juice of dangerous plants like poison ivy might have found their way on them too.
There are several ways in which you can disinfect your gardening gloves in simple methods and easy to get products.
1. You can disinfect your gardening gloves by pouring some hydrogen peroxide into a spraying bottle, and spraying your gloves thoroughly.
Not only will it disinfect your gloves, it can also get grime and dirt off it.
2. You can also use rubbing alcohol.
Spray rubbing alcohol on your gloves generously and it will be well disinfected.
3. Antibacterial soap also work wonders in disinfecting gardening gloves.
Using antibacterial soap to wash your gloves makes it clean and also disinfects it.
4. Hand sanitizer. I know you use this to sanitize your hands and keep eradicate the risk of getting infected but they work on gardening gloves too.
Spray some on your gardening gloves and you have successfully disinfected it.
Also check out this article on the uses of garden gloves
Will vinegar ruin my leather garden gloves?
Not at all. Vinegar doesn’t ruin leather garden gloves.
In fact, it’s better you clean your leather garden gloves with vinegar.
Vinegar is an household cleaning product that gets rid of bacteria and viruses.
It can be used to clean both the inside and outside of your leather gloves without causing any damage.
Get a spray bottle and pour equal parts of water and vinegar.
Spray your gloves with the solution but not too much.
Don’t get it soaked.
Dry it with a towel.
Your leather gloves will be clean and free of bacteria and viruses.
Are there any household products I can use to clean my garden gloves?
Cleaning your garden gloves at home is quite simple, as the materials you need are most times right there in your home.
Here is a list of household products you can use to clean your garden gloves.
It’s an household product that can be used to clean and disinfect hard surfaces like sink, bathroom floors, chandeliers etc. It can also be used to clean garden gloves.
2. Baking soda.
It works well I’m getting rid of dirt, grime and tough stains. Most homes have this.
3. Dishwashing soap.
Soap is an household product that most homes have. It is also effective in cleaning garden gloves.
This can also be used to clean your garden gloves, especially if you want to disinfect it.
Storing garden gloves properly is important if you want to use it for a long time.
It shouldn’t be placed in the dryer as this can make it shrink, crack or get seriously damaged.
You can disinfect garden gloves with hydrogen peroxide, bleach, alcohol etc.
Vinegar doesn’t ruin leather gloves.
It cleans and disinfects it efficiently.
Baking soda, soap, vinegar and detergent are some of the household products that can be used to clean garden gloves.