Bowling Ball Cleaner – Bowling Ball Cleaning Tips

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by Mrs. Mathis

Many bowlers ask, “What should you use to clean bowling balls?” This sometimes surprises those who don’t bowl, but cleaning bowling balls is a much a part of the sport as rental shoes. While you can buy a specially formulated bowling ball cleaner, you can also use normal household products for bowling ball cleaning. So read on to learn how to clean a bowling ball.

How To Clean A Bowling Ball

Technique 1: Cleaning Bowling Balls With Alcohol

The easiest method for everyday bowling ball cleaning is to use rubbing alcohol to wipe it down. This removes both oils from your hands and wax from the lanes, allowing your ball to continue to handle the way it always has.

Technique 2: How To Clean A Bowling Ball In The Dishwasher

Believe it or not, your dishwasher works quite well for cleaning bowling balls. Just run your ball through with your usual detergent on a short cycle.

Technique 3: Bowling Ball Cleaning Without a Dishwasher

If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can soak your bowling ball cleaning in a bucket full of water with a little mild detergent added. Rinse and wipe it well when your are finished, being sure to get deep into the finger holes.

Technique 4: Should You Use An Automatic Bowling Ball Cleaner?

Not really. This is because an automatic bowling ball cleaner usually waxes the ball, too, changing the way it handles. If you do decide to go this route, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get uses to the new feel before an important tournament.

Technique 5: What Should You Use To Clean a Bowling Ball If You’re Busy or Lazy?

That’s easy. If you want to hire someone who is an expert at cleaning bowling balls, simply consult your pro shop. They can either do the job for you or recommend some one who can.

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