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How to Clean a Yellow Cue Ball?

Today we are featuring a question from John. Let’s see what he has to ask.


I have a cue ball which has turned yellow. It is troubling me because it makes the game less charming for me. A lot of friends come over to my place to play billiards and I don’t feel good to present them the yellow cue ball. So my question is how to clean a yellowed cue ball? Also, if you can please tell me how to prevent the cue ball from turning yellow and what are the reasons behind it?


Let’s start with the reason first.

Reason of Why Cue Ball Turns Yellow?

First and foremost, it is important to find out the reason behind the cue ball turning yellow.

Actually, the game is played so much and the balls got hit with the stick so many times that they turn yellow over the period.

The reason is that the pool table is generally placed in a room where the balls are not exposed to much sunlight. Also, the lights in the room only lighten up when the game is played.

How to Prevent the Cue Ball from Turning Yellow?

Therefore, the best option here is that in order to delay the yellow stain on the balls, you should store them in open places where there is not much darkness.

However, there is a way to clean the balls if they still get yellow.

5 Easy Ways to Clean the Yellowed Cue Balls

Following are some of the ways which you can use to clean your yellowed cue balls;

Clean the cue balls by dishwasher: the easiest way is to use your dishwasher to clean the balls. Like you wash your dishes, place the balls in your dishwasher and wash them just like you wash your dishes. It will help you clean the stains on the balls as well as the minor yellow stain.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
(view on amazon)
easily available in the market. It does wonders. First, you have to wet it and then use it to clean the balls. However, you would have to apply a little bit of pressure. This cleaner works like magic and it will completely take off the yellowish stain and restore the newness of the balls.

Cleaning the cue ball using toothpaste: One more hack is to use toothpaste. You can take an old toothbrush, wet it a little bit and then apply some toothpaste on it. Now use this to scrub the balls thoroughly. Once you are done scrubbing then rinse the balls with water. Toothpaste can restore the whiteness of the balls because of its ability to turn yellow teeth to white.

Aramith Billiard Ball Cleaner (view on amazon): also one of the many cleaners which are available in the market. You can use this cleaner on the ball, then use a dry cloth to wipe it off. Once you have thoroughly wiped the balls the yellowish stain will be gone and the ball will shine like a new one.

Use baking soda to clean yellowed cue balls: take some baking soda in a cup and then add water slowly. Make a thick paste. Use this paste on the ball by applying it directly through a brush. You can also use an old toothbrush. After you have used the paste, rinse the balls with water and then dry it soon with a dry cloth.

These ways can help you clean the billiard balls which have turned yellow over the period of time.