Are you using mink oil on your baseball glove? Think twice. Here’s what you need to know. Mink oil comes from the skin of a mink. Animal or vegetable oils are never good for leather due to the potential for rancidity. The oil can turn rancid.
To understand why, here’s a short chemistry lesson. There are two ends of the spectrum of animal or vegetable oils: there are saturated oils on one end and unsaturated oils on the other. Saturated oils are really stable, while unsaturated oils can be unstable.
There is a scientific measure to test this. This is called the iodine value. The higher the iodine value of an oil, the less stable it is, which means more sensitive to oxidation. Simply put, the most likely to go rancid.
The iodine value of mink oil is between 80 and 95. It is not the highest, but it is quite far from this scale. In comparison, coconut oil is quite low at around 10. For more perspective, olive oil is close to mink oil on the iodine value scale at around 85.
Thus, mink oil has a fairly high iodine value. But there are 3 other necessary factors. Exposure to air (oxygen), heat and light. This is why olive oil bottles are usually green (not clear glass), stored with the cap tight and in a dark, cool place.
However, your baseball glove is outside in the sun a lot, clearly exposed to the sun, in the air, and very hot. Your glove is exposed to three factors: air, heat and light. If it contains mink oil, it doesn’t take long for the mink oil in the glove to turn rancid. What does this mean to you? Anything that goes rancid in the leather will help deteriorate it. This will make your glove smell fun and is generally unhealthy for children. I have seen it countless times. The 12-year-old league player puts his glove on their face.
There is an answer. The correct product is Mitt-Spit Glove Oil. It is made from an oil that is often found in cosmetics, or even as a food additive. It is also very safe for your glove. In fact, Mitt-Spit Glove Oil has an iodine value of about one (1). Learn more at mitt-spit.com. Search it on Google.
Make sure to share this with other ball players you know. Be a hero. Tell them the correct approach to the care of their glove.