About: I am retired and have been for 13 years. Love to fix bikes, golf, play pool, fish, bike ride, travel and build things. I have been married, to the same woman for 41yrs, have three boys, and three grandchil...

I am told by the professionals that a clean golf ball will fly straighter. Well it may be true, but hasn't helped my game much. Regardless I like to keep my golf balls clean and looked into buying a ball washer, but was quickly discouraged, the prices are up to $250.00. Like any other speciality item, they can ask what they want I guess. As a result of the prices, I decided to make my own and did so for $10.00 and it works great. Here is how I did it.


1 - 1 Litre plastic pouring jug - $2.00 at Dollar Store
4 - 2" Scrub brushes -                $2.00 at Dollar Store
1 - 6" Plastic cutting board - $4.00 at Zellers, Walmart, Target, etc
8 - Small wood screws


Power drill, drill bit, screw driver, 1-3/4" hole saw, jig saw


The scrub brushes I bought are 2" and had handles, they were 2 for a dollar.  I cut the handles off of the brushes. I then mounted the 4 brushes inside the plastic pouring jug by drilling two holes per brush and then screwed the brushes to the sides of the jug. They are mounted across from each other.  The handle on the jug is perfect for holding the jug while cleaning the balls.  

I then took the cutting board and used the hole saw to drill out a 1-3/4" hole at the bottom of the board.  I then cut the sides off of the cutting board to fit inside the jug. See the photos.  You are now finished, simply fill the jug with a little hot water and soap, slip a ball into the hole of the cutting board, put the ball between the brushed and clean away.  Hope this works for you.  Any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.  Thanks for looking.

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    9 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Does it leak at all because of how you drilled holes into the pitcher?


    3 years ago

    This looks like a great idea. I just had to really clean several dozen dirty golf balls for a food-area art project and found that our commercially-made ball washer just didn't cut it, thus had to use a scouring pad to get them clean. Next round, I will definitely make one of these, and can save my poor hands!

    What cleaning solution did you use?


    4 years ago

    great minds think alike! I made one too, only I used a small 1gallon bucket with a lid so the liquid would not spill out.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I made one, works great. I used a wire whisk from the kitchen to hold the ball instead of the plastic cutting board. This allows for easy ball insertion and extraction and the ball gets good scrubbing on the brushes. I also had to put spacers between the water pouring jug and the brushes to get proper pressure between the brushes.


    Your idea is very solid and construction is easy and inexpensive. My question is this: Why not just buy a ball washer? You said they cost up to $250...I've never seen one that high. Most ball washers (that attach to carts) are around $40 and some very good used ones are on e-bay for as little as $10-15.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This will probably only appeal to a handful of people, but I'm one of them!

    When I play golf, I tend to keep score by subtracting out how many balls I've lost from how many I've found. A round ends well if I'm on the plus side! So I've always got a bucket or two full of dirty golf balls at home. This is a great idea for making the cleaning of them much easier. Thanks!

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for looking and commenting, it does work good and a whole lot cheaper than buying one. Thanks again.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for looking and comments. The first one I made was with a tin can and a piece of plywood to hold the ball, but the wood would soon rot, so I thought a plastic cutting board would be strong enough and wouldn't rot. Thanks again.