We’ve been having a small issue in our after-hours Muay Thai training. The problem is called stinky boxing gloves.
Think about it – you train for about an hour, an hour and a half and you get pretty sweaty. While wearing your boxing gloves, your arms sweat and your hands sweat. You squeeze and punch and do all sorts of stuff. Then, when the night is over, you throw your gloves and other gear into your huge gym bag and toss everything into the back of your car. It sits until the next time you reach for it.
It’s nasty and it stinks. Wet boxing gloves that have been sitting for a few days in the back of a car don’t dry. All they do is sit and ferment until the next time you push your hand into one of them and say, “Eeeewwww.”
I’ve been doing this for about a year and a half now and every time I put my gloves on, I say, “I really have to do something about this.” I’ve tried the whole “Spray Lysol until the gloves are dripping” thing and all that does is create fresh smelling wet stinky boxing gloves. I needed a solution, not a cover up.
I did some research online and concluded that the only way to fix this was to dry the gloves out. Various people out there have opted to create their own glove dryers by putting together pieces of PVC pipe and hooking up a fan. I learned my lesson with making homemade contraptions a long time ago. I once tried to make a breadboard that ended up costing about $75. A few days after I was finished, I saw a similar looking one in a store that cost only $12. I was peeved because once I started the breadboard project, it was difficult to stop it until I was done.
I didn’t want to fall into that trap again, so I looked through Amazon for the best boot dryer available. From what I gathered, people generally gravitated towards the “Peet Dryer.” So I got one.
I received the dryer today and already hooked it up down on the kitchen counter. I attached the two extension tubes and slid the gloves over them. Then, I plugged the unit in and waited. I listened for a noise or a fan and heard nothing. I took one glove off and put my hand over the end of the open tube and felt nothing.
After a few minutes, I put my hand over the open tube again and began to feel heat. The unit uses very little energy and dries by convection, not forced air.
After about a half hour, I checked on the gloves again and believe it or not, they are warm and are actually beginning to dry. The outer edges anyway. I am pretty excited.