DIY Bowling Ball Cleaning Methods

Spring is just around the corner and we all know what that means….spring cleaning! With a majority of the human race being stuck at home, this makes for an excellent time to clean all those nooks and crannies of your house, garage, attic and yes, even your bowling balls. Bowling balls around the world are on a bit of a hiatus from rolling down lanes, as of lately. With ample time on your hands why not give your bowling ball the bath it’s been needing. In just a few easy steps your ball will look like new, feel like new and be germ free (BONUS)!

Why Clean your Bowling Ball?

Every time a bowling ball is thrown, it glides down the lane picking up dirt and oil. The dirt and oil seeps into the coverstock on the bowling ball, which can build up over timing causing a difference in your ball’s performance. 

Simply wiping down your ball with a microfiber towel after each throw down the lane can help prolong the life of your ball. However, that doesn’t mean that a ball should not be cleaned with a cleaning solution every now and again to refresh the ball. 

How to Make an at Home Cleaning Solution

Yes, there are pre-made bowling ball cleaner already on the market, but they will cost you an arm in a leg. Follow these simple steps to create a cleaner that will last you forever…well depending on how frequently you clean your ball at least. All it takes is three simple ingredients to make your own at home balling ball cleaner. If you do not already have the products within your own home, I have posted links to amazon for purchase!

1. Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner

2. Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol)

3. Water

4. Spray Bottle

Mix equal parts of each ingredient and there you have it…an easy at home bowling ball cleaning solution. 

Oil Removal, Deep-Clean Method

To really make sure the oil on your bowling has been removed completely follow these steps as per

You will need the following household items:

  1. Large Bucket
  2. Dish Soap
  3. Microfiber Towel
  4. Waterproof Tape

Once you have these items gathered you will want to fill your bucket with hot water from the tap. It is very important to not get water in the inside of your ball. This is where you will need to place the waterproof tape over the finger holes and anywhere else water may get in. Proceed to add in a few drops of dish soap and mix around. Place bowling ball in the water/soap mixture for about 20 minutes, spinning every few minutes. Next, remove the ball from the water and dry throughly with the microfiber towel. Still see oil rising to the top? Repeat until there is no more evidence of oil in the water.