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Hey... my riding gloves are only 2 months old and they stink big time! My hands stink when the gloves come off. Don't want people to think I am a smelly person... as I am not. I first noticed the smell after I got caught in a 5 hour downpour 6 weeks ago. Ever since, they have stunk...

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get rid of the smell?

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I saw this on my Web travels...

'DirtHog*said:01-08-2007

I picked this up some time ago off another forum and it works great on gloves. Tried it once several months ago and the "stink" hasn't come back yet.

Soak in "Biz" overnight, at least 12 hours. this is an enzyme
based presoak that goes after organic matter, not your regular presoak. Then, rinse that out and then run through the wash with a laundry product called*Oxyclean, which is not an detergent it's an additive. You should be able to get that at any supermarket.'

Anyone try this?
 

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I play soccer and had a lot of experience with stinky boots. What works for me is to dry them out after each use either in the sun or under a fan. Whenever a cleat or a glove gets wet/sweaty, it creates a perfect incubator for bacteria, hence the smell.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions guys...

At the moment, my gloves are soaking in Arm & Hammer detergent and OxiClean...

Fashion accessory Wallet Coin purse Leather Silver

Looks like some of the dye is releasing... That's okay though, as long as the gloves do their job if I have a spill...
 

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Leave them in the sun until they are bone dry then use good baby powder in the inside, make sure it is Talc powder not starch. the odor is from bacteria and fungi that thrives in damp places. Above works to keep it dry.
 

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Never leave leather gloves in the sun to dry. The leather will become very brittle, dry, and start cracking. Rinse/hand-wash with warm water and mild soap (soak if necessary). Stuff them with paper towels or newspaper and let them air dry in the shade or with a fan/ ventilation. Try them on during drying process multiple times to increase the form fit to your hands. Also a dryer sheet left in your gloves and boots helps with smell.
 

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The gloves were on the clothes line in evening sun for about two hours... They seem to be okay. Almost dry...

Yes, I put them on a few times to assume the contour of my hands...

Dryer sheets is a good idea... or... Fabreeze as Tchase suggested. Will keep that in mind... Thanks.
 

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they look like winter or lined gloves.

good luck with getting the smell out..

I have, in the past just ended up throwing them out.

I've tried just about everything after they got wet inside on a trip. Even spent hours turning them inside out. Talc, stink pretty, hanging them over the exhausts , using the motel hair dryer at night, washing when they were inside out.. packing with hand towel paper overnight.

really never found a success but if you do, please share.
 

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they look like winter or lined gloves.

really never found a success but if you do, please share.
Yes they are lined gloves...

I used a solution of Arm & Hammer liquid detergent and OxiClean... Let soak for 4 hours, rinse, and machine wash with the A & H detergent. Air dry... Seems to have done the trick... Smell is gone!
 

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Have purchased summer (mesh) riding gloves... big difference! Still, I hang on outside clothes line to air out after each ride.
 

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Here's a way to reduce sweating and keep your hands cool in the summer heat without sacrificing safety.

Take a pair of your favorite gloves and use a pair of scissors to take a small nip out of the base of each finger (not in a seam) where the fingers come together. Then as you ride you can spread your fingers slightly and let in lots of cool air. Close your fingers for cooler weather rides.
 

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Here's a way to reduce sweating and keep your hands cool in the summer heat without sacrificing safety.



Take a pair of your favorite gloves and use a pair of scissors to take a small nip out of the base of each finger (not in a seam) where the fingers come together. Then as you ride you can spread your fingers slightly and let in lots of cool air. Close your fingers for cooler weather rides.

Exactly what I do! And I have enlarged a couple existing vents as well!
 
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