Can You Tumble Dry Oven Gloves? (what you need to know)

The experts agree that oven gloves should not be tumble dried. Instead they should be air dried using one of the ways we’ve listed below.

Oven gloves are made from various materials like cotton, leather or silicone. This makes it vitally important that you read the care label and adhere to the washing and in particular, the drying instructions.

In the absence of any care label (apparently oven glove manufacturers are under no obligation to supply care instructions, unlike garment manufacturers), you should always err on the side of caution and air dry your oven gloves.

What The Tumble Dryer Symbols Mean On Oven Gloves

Tumble Dryer Symbols On Clothes

If you do find a care label on your oven gloves, you’ll need to know what those symbols represent.

Below is a list of all the symbols relating to tumble drying. Even though there’s probably only one that applies to oven gloves, we’ve included them all for your information.

Square With A White Circle And A Black X On Top

This is the most likely symbol you’ll find on your oven glove. It is the symbol which is used to tell you not to tumble dry.

Square With A White Circle

This is the symbol used to signify that the item can be tumble dried. It is possible that some types of oven gloves will have this symbol, but it’s unlikely.

Square With A Black Circle

This symbol indicates that the item can be tumble dried using the no heat setting. Again, you could, in some cases, find this symbol on oven gloves.

Square With A White Circle And One Black Dot In Circle

This symbol is used to indicate that the item can be tumble dried on the low heat setting.

Square With A White Circle And Two Black Dots In Circle

This symbol indicates that the item can be tumble dried using a medium heat setting. This is unlikely to be found on oven gloves.

Square With A White Circle And Three Black Dots In Circle

This symbol is used to indicate that the item can be tumble dried using the high heat setting. It is highly unlikely that you’ll find this symbol on oven gloves.

How To Dry Oven Gloves Without A Tumble Dryer

As it is recommended that you do not tumble dry oven gloves, you’ll need to find a suitable alternative.

Below, we’ve listed the best ways to air dry your oven gloves as well as some handy hints on how to speed up the drying times.

Air Drying Oven Gloves On A Washing Line

Hanging oven gloves on the washing line is a great way to ensure they dry correctly. Hang the oven gloves in full sunlight unless they are patterned in which case hang them in indirect sunlight or shade to prevent fading.

You can use a washing line, rotary line or a retractable clothesline for drying oven gloves.

Retractable clotheslines can be fitted up outdoors or indoors and are a great space saving alternative to a permanent clothesline.

The wall mounted box contains a nylon line which is extended to an opposite wall. After the washing is dry, the line is retracted into the wall mounted box until the next time it’s needed.

Air Drying Oven Gloves Using An Airer

A clothes horse, or airer is a great way to air dry your oven gloves and can be used indoors or outdoors. Simply lay the oven gloves on one of the airer’s racks and allow to dry.

Shorten Drying Times Using An Electric Fan

For drying your oven gloves indoors, you can shorten the time taken to dry by using an electric fan.

Place the electric fan in the same room as the drying oven gloves and allow the breeze to pass over the drying gloves.

This works particularly well if you open a window to allow excess moisture a means of escape.

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Oven Gloves Dry Faster Indoors If You Use A Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers work by removing excess moisture from the air in the room they’re positioned in. By placing a dehumidifier in the same room as the drying oven gloves, they will dry faster.

This is because the dryer the air is, the faster the oven gloves can expel excess moisture. 

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What Happens If You Tumble Dry Oven Gloves

Always check the wash care labels

If you decide to go against expert opinion, and tumble dry your oven gloves, you’re likely to;

Shrink The Oven Gloves

The problem is, many materials can shrink if exposed to high heats. That might sound contradictory considering the primary function of an oven glove.

But when using oven gloves they are only subjected to heat for a short period of time. Whereas a drying cycle on a tumble dryer takes a minimum of 20 minutes.

Damage The Inner Padding

Due to the rough and tumble action that oven gloves would be subjected to in a tumble dryer, damage could be caused to the inner padding of the gloves.

If this happens, the oven gloves will no longer be as heat resistant as they were designed to be.

Material Damage

Due to a combination of the heat and the rough action, tumble drying oven gloves is not a good idea. The material can become damaged either by ripping/tearing or through heat damage.

Make The Oven Gloves Less Resistant To Heat

This is particularly true of silicone oven gloves. Heat can render the chemicals useless. Which will make the oven glove unable to resist heat from the oven.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to put oven gloves in a tumble dryer?

You should always consult the care label, but it is not considered safe to put oven gloves in a tumble dryer. The oven gloves could become damaged. Sometimes the damage is internal and cannot be seen from outside.

Is it okay to use a damp oven glove?

You should never use a damp oven glove because the water actually conducts heat. This means that using a damp oven glove makes you 25 times more likely to get burned because water transfers heat 25 times faster than air.

How can I dry oven gloves without a tumble dryer?

You can dry oven gloves without using a tumble dryer by air drying them on a washing line, rotary line or a retractable clothesline, or on an airer.

How do you dry the inside of oven gloves?

To dry the inside of oven gloves, you should allow them to air dry. This can take upwards of 24 hours depending on climatic conditions.

Can you put silicone in the dryer?

You should never put silicone in a dryer because heat can destroy the heat resistant properties of silicone.

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