How to wash waterproof mittens and gloves

To help save our world’s precious resources, Reima products are designed to need as little washing as possible. But, as every parent knows, kids’ gloves and mittens sometimes need a good wash. Here’s how to keep Reima waterproof gloves and mittens clean as a whistle all winter long.

Rinse off the outside

Reima gloves and mittens – even the waterproof type – can easily be washed in the washing machine. First, clean the outside by rinsing or using a damp sponge or cloth. This removes mud, dirt and sand, which can clog up your machine and cause wear and tear on other clothing.

Turn them inside out…

After rinsing, turn gloves and mittens completely inside out before putting them in the washing machine. Be sure to do this carefully – Reima waterproof gloves and mittens have an insert between the outer fabric layer and the lining that is specially designed for waterproof protection. If the insert is damaged, the gloves might not be as waterproof as they once were.

Reima gloves and mittens can easily be washed in the washing machine.

…or don’t turn them inside out

It’s perfectly fine to wash gloves and mittens without turning them inside out. However, because today’s washing machines are so water-efficient (hurrah!), the insides likely won’t be as thoroughly cleaned and can leave detergent residues which can irritate sensitive skin. If you decide not turn gloves inside out, be sure to give the insides a good rinse after washing.

Steer clear of fabric softener

You can use your normal bleach-free detergent to wash waterproof gloves and mittens, but it’s best to avoid using fabric softener. It can damage the waterproof insert and reduce breathability by clogging the pores of the insert membrane, making it less effective.

Wash and dry as usual

Wash waterproof gloves and mittens at 40°C or cooler. You can tumble dry or hang them up, whichever is easier for you. If they are turned inside out, they will dry quicker and can be worn sooner. For even faster drying, you can insert a loosely-rolled newspaper inside the glove. This holds the glove open while sucking up moisture.