Rubber gloves for dishwashing and cleaning

I admit, I’m a relative newcomer to the idea of wearing gloves while washing dishes. But about a year ago, I was challenged to test out a pair . It seemed like a sort of old-fashioned and unnecessary step in the dishwashing process, but I gamely donned the pair I was sent and made an effort to wear them.

Well, a week was all it took. Even just wearing the rubber gloves while cleaning up the dishes from one meal a day, I noticed that my hands were less dry and my nails were in better shape. Even after I filed the post, I kept using the gloves and noticed that they kept. And what I initially thought might be a bother has become a habit: Now I will literally not wash a single dish without gloves on — and between two kids and working from home, I wash many, many dishes these days. My rubber-glove wearing habit has become borderline compulsive.

Dishwashing gloves can do amazing things. They’ll protect your hands and nails from damage from harsh dish soap, hot water, and other cleaning detergents. They can give you a better grip on your dishes or the glass of wine you like sip while you wash up. They allow you to use hotter water that you would normally to truly sanitize your dishes. They can protect your cuffs and sleeves from water splashes and over the long term, prevent damage to the material from exposure to soap and cleaning chemicals.

If your rubber gloves fit well and are well-made, they will stay comfortable and useful for months. Rubber gloves also come in handy for painting, cleaning, gardening, and other dirty jobs, though most pros recommend you use a different pair for washing dishes than you do for other projects.

But there are subpar dishwashing gloves, too. If the material’s too bulky or stiff, you won’t get the dexterity you need to clean delicate items like glassware or getting into the nooks and crannies your newest cooking gadget. If the gloves aren’t lined, it can get sort of sweaty in there and become hard to take the gloves on and off. If the cuffs of the gloves are too short, water will splash above the edges and get into the gloves, which just sucks. A flimsy material will quickly wear through or rip at the tiniest jag, making the gloves totally useless.Over the past year I’ve tried quite a few brands firsthand, and for this story, I tested the top-rated styles from various companies to see which rubber gloves held up, and which barely helped the dishwashing job. 

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