How to clean leather beekeeping gloves

These tips were extracted from the BEE-L archives. Thanks to those who contributed.

From: Jo, Sunday 15 September 2002
Subject: simple query

I have a simple query. What is the best way to clean beekeepers gloves. They are the pigskin ones supplied from Thornes and have got very sticky and coloured.

Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 17:53:28
From: Jerry J Bromenshenk
Saddle soap and warm water. Dry slowly, best to put on and stretch just before they totally dry.

Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 19:39:41
From: Susanne
I wash mine in the washing machine and then hang to dry.

Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 08:25:55
From: Tim Arheit
Same here, though I rub mink oil on them when still damp to keep them soft and pliable. -Tim

From: Peter Dillon
Soak them over night in cold chlorine water. A concentrated solution can be found in any supermarket – usually in a flexible recharge type plastic container. This is diluted according to the instructions – 1 of conc. solution to 10 of water, if I remember well. This will break up the propolis, wax and clear any other material – as well as disinfecting the leather. Rinse well next morning.

It will slightly bleach the pig skin – but will not in my experience cause any problem to the gloves. Mine get the treatment at least once a week in the season. At the end of which they are usually discarded.


Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 17:11:09
From: “adrian m. wenner”
Propolis dissolves very well in ordinary ethyl alcohol. Adrian