Dos and don’ts of washing oven mitts
5-step guide to washing oven gloves
Check the care label
Before washing your oven mitts, check the care label to see if there are any specific instructions to follow. This may include information about water temperature, washing machine settings, or any other special care instructions.
Pre-treat any stains
If your oven mitts have any stubborn stains, pre-treat them with a stain remover or a mixture of baking soda and water. Apply the pre-treatment directly to the stains and allow it to sit for a few minutes before washing.
Wash in a gentle cycle
Place your oven mitts in the washing machine and set the machine to the gentle cycle. Use a mild detergent and avoid using fabric softener, as it can reduce the effectiveness of the mitts.
Hang to dry
After washing, remove your oven mitts from the washing machine and hang them up to dry. Avoid putting them in the dryer, as the heat can damage the fabric and padding. If you don’t have a clothesline, you can hang them on a drying rack or lay them flat on a clean towel to dry.
Once your oven mitts are dry, store them in a clean, dry place where they won’t get dirty or damaged. This could be a kitchen drawer, a hanging hook, or a designated oven mitt storage spot.
Q: Can I wash silicone oven mitts in the washing machine?
A: It’s generally best to hand wash silicone oven mitts with soap and water, as they can become damaged or misshapen in the washing machine.
Q: How often should I wash my oven mitts?
A: It’s a good idea to wash your oven mitts after every use, especially if they have come into contact with raw meat or other bacteria. If you use your oven mitts less frequently, you can wash them every few weeks or as needed.
Q: Can I put my oven mitts in the dryer?
A: It’s best to hang your oven mitts to dry, as the heat from the dryer can damage the fabric and padding. If you must use the dryer, use a low heat setting.
Q: What should I do if my oven mitts are stained?
A: If your oven mitts have stubborn stains, pre-treat them with a stain remover or a mixture of baking soda and water before washing. You can also try soaking them in a solution of vinegar and water for a few hours before washing.