Best Way To Clean Golf Balls

Just like other golf equipment, you have invested your money in buying the best golf balls for you. Right?

But after a day in the fairway, your balls must be dirty and muddy. Annoying right? I also feel the same. Sometimes I can’t even find them on the green or in a sand trap as they look like I’ve dipped them in mud. 

But every time I enter the green, I carry brand new golf balls in my bag. No, I don’t buy them every single day. I just use the best way to clean my golf balls at home.

Here I’m sharing some of my golf ball cleaning process. You can look at them and choose the best process that seems easier for you.

Best way to wash golf balls

The Drenching Method

It is the easiest and most tried way. You just need some basic household supplies. These are:

  1. Lukewarm Water
  2. Bucket
  3. Cleanser (dish soap)
  4. Brush with soft bristle/ Toothbrush
  5. A cloth

Firstly take a bucket and fill it with hot water (obviously not overheated because you don’t surely want to damage your ball’s surface).

Then add dish soap (1 cup/ 240 ml will be enough) and mix it well.

Drench your golf balls into the cleanser for 20-30 minutes.

After that, you can use a soft bristle brush/toothbrush to clean the remaining dust and mud.

Now dry out your golf balls with a cloth.

You can keep the ball in an open place for 5-10 minutes to air dry. Then you can put on your clean balls in the bag.

The Dishwasher/Washing Machine Method

You can also use your dishwasher or washing machine to clean your golf balls. If you don’t want to follow the typical handwashing method you can try this one. This way you can clean all of your balls in just a few minutes without any effort.

Dishwashers or washing machines are really effective in cleaning the stubborn dirt off your ball’s surface. You can simply use a brush to clean the ball if you see any leftover dirt.

If your dishwasher or washing machine is low-priced, I won’t recommend you this process because it can damage your appliance.

The Vinegar/Bleach Method

If you see the worst stains in your balls you can use white vinegar or bleach for deep cleaning. This process is going to make your balls brand new.

Vinegar has acetic acid that is capable of dissolving any dirt or grime.

You just need a bucket of warm water and 1 cap of vinegar/bleach mixture. Then let the solution do its job. After 25 to 30 minutes wash them with plain water and dry them off.

Don’t forget to wear hand gloves.

I think this is the most reasonable, environment-friendly and effective method. I use this method and would recommend all of you.

Nail Polish Remover Method

Another effective method is using nail polish remover. For spotless, brand new golf balls you just need nail polish remover.

Take your ball and put some nail polish remover on it.

Then simply scrub away the dirt and grimes and dry your balls with a tower. Don’t forget to air dry your golf balls.

If you get in trouble for using nail polish remover of the female members of your family, I’m not at fault I’m saying it before.

Golf Ball Cleaner

Manufacturers have made cleaners specially for golf balls. They give shiny clean balls without causing any harm to the outer layer of the ball. You don’t even need to put much effort into it.

But most of them are expensive. When you are getting the best results with some common home supplies, you don’t need to invest so much in a commercial golf ball cleaner. 

Things to keep in mind while cleaning golf balls

  1. Avoid acidic or chemical cleaners. Cause it damages your fancy balls. I’m sure you won’t cause harm to your golf ball in the name of cleaning.
  2. Don’t keep your golf balls in the sun for a long time. It’s fine to keep your balls in the sun for some time to dry them off. But leaving them for hours in the burning sun is surely not good for your ball’s surface.
  3. Don’t soak your golf balls in any cleaning solution for a long time. This may affect your ball’s performance.
  4. As I told before use a soft bristle brush. Because hard or metal bristles can make scratches on the ball’s surface.
  5. Be careful with bleach. Don’t forget to add water while using bleach. Because undiluted bleach can harm the outer layer of the balls.


How Can I Brink shine To My Golf Balls?

Even after thoroughly cleaning there can be yellow stains and stubborn dirt on your golf balls. For this, you can use bleach. They will make your balls shine like a pearl.

You just need to mix 1 cup of bleach in a bucket of warm water. Then soak your balls in the solution for 25 to 30 minutes. That’s it you got shiny golf balls like brand new.

Bleach will also disinfect fungus and algae from your golf balls.

How to clean golf balls in bulk

  • Take a bucket and fill it with warm water.
  • Add 1 cup of dish soap and mix it well.
  • Now drench the dirty golf balls in the mixture for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Now with the help of a soft gentle brush clean your ball thoroughly.
  • To bring the shine back, make a solution with 1 cup of bleach and hot water.
  • Drench the balls in the solution for another half an hour.
  • Here you got shiny golf balls in just an hour.

Final thoughts

Best Way To Clean Golf Balls not only look excellent but also keeps the performance of the ball alright. Finding a clean ball in the fairways or sand bunkers is also much easier.

Besides, entering the golf course with dirty and muddy golf equipment doesn’t look professional. So give proper maintenance to your investments.

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