A common task that arises for all golfers is how to best clean dirty golf balls. Although you can play a round of golf with a ball that has become soiled or dirty, a dirty ball can result in reduced spin, lowering the range the ball will fly when compared with a similarly hit clean ball (if all other factors are equal). As a result, the prudent golfer will take the time both during a round at the course-provided ball-washers and at home to clean golf balls that will be used on the course.
Initially, clean as many golf balls as possible in a golf ball cleaner at your local golf course. This will serve to remove a lot of the dirt that if left to dry can prove more difficult to clean at home.
Fill a bucket with warm water and dishwashing liquid halfway. Enough dishwashing liquid should be added to the water to result in suds that do not overflow the bucket.
Set the golf balls in the bucket to be cleaned and allow to soak for a time frame not to exceed five minutes. You will see varying time frames for the soak period, but five minutes will serve as a long enough period to loosen hardened dirt and grit on the golf ball surface. The golf balls placed in the bucket should not exceed the surface area of the bottom of the bucket surface.
Remove one golf ball at a time and lightly scrub the remaining grit with the toothbrush. A soft-bristled toothbrush should be used to avoid damage to the golf ball covering.
Rinse the golf ball with warm water and towel dry. Repeat the process for each dirty golf ball placed in the bucket and inspect the ball coverings for grooves or damage that may indicate you should consider ceasing to use the respective ball for competitive play.