How to Clean Golf Balls at Home

by Andrew Smith
    Bring a towel with you on the course to wipe dirt off the ball.

    Bring a towel with you on the course to wipe dirt off the ball.

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    Just as with any outdoor sports equipment, golf balls will get dirty with use. Clean golf balls don't just look better; they're also easier to spot on the green and fairway as well as in the rough or in a sand trap. Golfers can rinse their golf balls while on the course, but this rarely removes all the dirt or mud. Following these steps will help you clean golf balls at home.

    Items you will need

    • Dish soap
    • Two dish towels
    • Sink or bucket
    • Golf balls
    • Water

    Step 1

    Begin by removing any caked-on mud or dirt from the golf balls. Wipe the balls with a dry dish towel or rinse them with a hose.

    Step 2

    Fill a sink or bucket with warm water.

    Step 3

    Add about half a cup to a cup of liquid dish soap to the water. How much soap you use will vary based on how many golf balls you are cleaning and how dirty they are.

    Step 4

    Soak the golf balls for one to two hours.

    Step 5

    Remove the golf balls from the water. Rinse them using a hose or faucet.

    Step 6

    Wipe the golf balls with a clean, dry dish towel. Let them air-dry before you use them again.


    • An old toothbrush can be used to scrub the golf balls after they have soaked if they still look a little dirty.

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