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    Hi guys,

    My welding gloves start to smell like something died in them. I guess it's the sweat. Does anyone else get this problem? How do you deal with it? Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flanjj20 View Post
    Hi guys,

    My welding gloves start to smell like something died in them. I guess it's the sweat. Does anyone else get this problem? How do you deal with it? Thanks in advance!
    You think your welding gloves smell. Pick up a pair of someone's hockey gloves. Wretched.....
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    Or the rubber gloves I use when mudding sewer and storm structures!!!! they get a unique smell all their own!!! good thing they're not too expensive

    Have you tried something like this???
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    When I took a welding class, my leather sleeves got soaked with sweat and grungy. I put them in a bucket of water and stomped away, then hung them outside to dry. This helped some and also would have removed the salt from sweat, which would attract water (and salty water conducts electricity). Don't know about gloves, though -- the cloth lining might be tough to dry out, and might get bunched up and cattywampus.

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    Re: Stinky PPE

    Quote Originally Posted by flanjj20 View Post
    Hi guys,

    My welding gloves start to smell like something died in them. I guess it's the sweat. Does anyone else get this problem? How do you deal with it? Thanks in advance!
    New gloves?

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    When my tig gloves get oily, I wash them while wearing them, basically like washing my hands.

    Then lay them out to dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T man View Post
    You think your welding gloves smell. Pick up a pair of someone's hockey gloves. Wretched.....
    Very true
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    Get some saddle soap at your local farm store. Cleans leather up and won't dry it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaDave View Post
    When my tig gloves get oily, I wash them while wearing them, basically like washing my hands.

    Then lay them out to dry.
    I do the same. Lava bar soap really pulls the dirt out. Kind of shocking all the scum it leaves.
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    put them in the freezer for a few days, the cold will kill the bacteria that causes the smell, I do this with boots and shoes that smell to high heaven , when they come out of the freezer they smell pretty good, also as you freeze them stuff some dryer sheets into them...

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    how long you expect a pair of welding gloves to last? every friday afternoon i sprayed the inside of both gloves with a lysol like disinfectant spray which kept the stank down.
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    If you buy lots of the 3pair pack at harbor freight when they are on sale just start a new pair every week usually the stitching only lasts a few days on em' anyways.... and that way you don't have to worry about smelly gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbytime View Post
    put them in the freezer for a few days, the cold will kill the bacteria that causes the smell, I do this with boots and shoes that smell to high heaven , when they come out of the freezer they smell pretty good, also as you freeze them stuff some dryer sheets into them...
    I hate to ask.... but what does the food in there end up smelling like when you pull some out to use???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    I hate to ask.... but what does the food in there end up smelling like when you pull some out to use???
    put shoes or boots in a plastic bag first..figured that would have been a given...

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    LOL.... oh'K



    heh heh

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    Quite a peculiar first post.
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    Yes, they're getting really good these days.

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    the prosthetic place i go to just yesterday said to get the 91% alcohol and spray smelly stuff to kill the oder once i week. will try it next week.
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    Re: Stinky PPE

    Quote Originally Posted by flanjj20 View Post
    Hi guys,

    My welding gloves start to smell like something died in them. I guess it's the sweat. Does anyone else get this problem? How do you deal with it? Thanks in advance!

    No, my sweat don’t stink!

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    my thoughts exactly hahaha funky boots in the freezer yuck
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    My grandson came in from school yesterday and kicked his shoes off & nearly cleared out the house, almost as bad as Limburger cheese, maybe worse in it's own way!
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