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I'm right handed and while using rubber gloves, I wear out the right hand glove before the left one. When I have two perfectly good left hand gloves, I turn one inside out and instantly I have a right hand glove to go with my other left hand glove. A little bath powder sprinkled inside the glove makes it comfortable and easy to get on and off. Works for me.

By littergitter from NC

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Instead of keeping my rubber gloves in the kitchen drawer, I hang them on the stove, using magnets. That is where they stay until I use them again, which is two or three times a day. Since I started doing this, I have noticed that my rubber gloves last a lot longer.

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November 28, 20160 found this helpful
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I have concluded that they need to be completely dry before storing them or the rubber will soften. Just drying them with the dish towel and then storing them in the drawer caused them to deteriorate faster.


The gloves I am wearing now have stretched and have actually gotten too big for me. Usually, by this time, I have long punched a hole in them or they have torn. Time for me to switch to a new pair. This pair has served me well.

Maybe I can use them over a pair of gloves for working outside this winter.

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Go to Sally's Beauty Supply and buy yourself a box of beauticians' rubber gloves. Put them on before mixing meatloaf ingredients and other foods that are best mixed by hand, and save yourself from very messy hands and food under your fingernails.


Use them also when painting, cleaning (especially toilets), changing soil in houseplants, and many other messy tasks. It's also easier to grasp slippery things with them on. If appropriate, you can wash them with soap and water while they're still on your hands and use them again, or if used for nasty chores, throw them away; they're cheap enough.

By beechiegirl1953 from Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

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I use Dollar Tree gloves to do my dishes and keep my nails from getting soft. I love Brillo brand for thickness, but sometimes they don't have my size. So I have to get another brand I don't like.

When the good ones wore through, I had another pair of the other. I put the other ones inside the good ones and now I have a pair that still gives me the protection I need, no leaks, and double the thickness.


Another tip is if you have multiple gloves and the right one breaks, turn the other inside out and you have another right to keep you going.

Hope these help!

Source: Nope. Just necessity being the mommy of all inventions!

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September 15, 2010

I have found the best thing for removing dog hair from furniture is rubber gloves. The texture in them helps pick up the hair easily so you can vacuum it off. The dollar store has 2 pair for $1.00.

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To take the hot turkey from the pan, use a new pair of rubber gloves. For the amount of time you will be holding the turkey, the heat does not go through and you have a tight hold on the turkey so you won't drop it or it won't fall apart before it gets to the cutting board.

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When potting plants, I use the thin type rubber gloves that you can buy in a box and toss when finished. Works great for weeding too because you can "feel" what you are doing much better.


I am not as inclined to pull something other than a weed if I have them on.

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I buy my kitchen gloves at the Dollar Tree. They never have a size small and they don't last as long as the other brands.

A pair of yellow kitchen gloves, doubled up.

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Here is an easy way to put on rubber gloves. Just sprinkle baby powder inside the gloves. They will slip on very easily.

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March 7, 2018

What is the best way to clean reusable household gloves? Cleaning the outside of them is easy, but when I need to clean them completely I don't know the best way to do it.


Please help because I have several pairs and I don't want to throw them away when I can clean them and reuse them. Thanks so much!


March 7, 20180 found this helpful
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Have you ever tried to throw them in a washing machine on gentle cycle and hang them up to dry?

You can also try turning them inside out and just cleaning the inside the same as you did the outside. Hang them up to dry.

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March 8, 20180 found this helpful
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I soak them in cool soapy water, rinse, then dry somewhere warm. I let them dry once outside in the sun and it didn't work out well-- dried them too much and got crispy and tore.

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November 19, 2007

Do you wear rubber gloves to wash dishes?

Katie from Hiram, GA


November 19, 20070 found this helpful

If you want to protect your hands you do.

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By K (Guest Post)
November 19, 20070 found this helpful

I know I SHOULD but I don't. I like the feel of the water on my cold hands and you can feel stuff that may be left on dishes that you thought were clean while wearing gloves. Plus I hate dealing with taking them off and where to hang them.

To compensate for no gloves I switched to a more gentle dish soap that still gets the dishes just as clean and I always use hand lotion after dishwashing and try to use hand lotion after hand washing in general. It only takes a small dab.

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By Terri (Guest Post)
November 19, 20070 found this helpful

Always. Otherwise my nails are weakened.

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November 20, 20070 found this helpful

Sometimes, but my diabetes has left me with less feeling in my fingers so when I do, I use the gloves that have gripper texture on the palm and fingers. I also always put my favourite hand cream on my hands before putting on the gloves. The heat from the hot water then softens my hands better than just applying the lotion alone. Use a non-greasy one.

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By Claudia-MD (Guest Post)
November 20, 20070 found this helpful

Yes...they are a bit cumbersome but I think they really help with the split nails, hangnails, dry hands.

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November 20, 20070 found this helpful

It does protect your hands. I read in some magazine awhile back that to treat your hands you should apply good lotion or cream to your hands without rubbing it into your hands all the way and wash your dishes while wearing the gloves. The heat from the water is supposed to really help the lotion penetrate into your hands.

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By denise w (Guest Post)
November 20, 20070 found this helpful

No and my hands look great at 40.

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By Teresa (Guest Post)
November 21, 20070 found this helpful

No way, can't stand working with them on.
I don't like the feeling. The only time I wear rubber gloves is when I had to clean out my daughter's fish tank. Ugh!

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By Frank (Guest Post)
November 22, 20070 found this helpful

Yes always, I wan't to protect my skin against the hot water and soap.

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By Paul (Guest Post)
November 25, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, I do. I suppose it is a good way to prevent some 'diseases'. In addition, some chemical products
can be harmful in contact with your hands, so always wear protective gloves during chores, when possible.

PS. My girlfriend also wear rubber gloves.


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By Lucy (Guest Post)
December 20, 20070 found this helpful

All the time. They protect my manicure and keep my hands soft, as well as allowing me to use hotter water.

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By Alcira (Guest Post)
March 29, 20080 found this helpful

I've been using those gloves sometimes for 15 years to do dishes and the last two months, I've had urticaria (twice) on my hands! It's very itchy! I am using Calamine!

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By Haley May (Guest Post)
June 5, 20081 found this helpful

Yes I do because at 24 I have three pairs of gloves! One is for dishes, another is for laundry, and the third is for wearing for fun. I really use them because I like having my hands soft, and I work at a school. I am the nurse and I don't like touching the kids, so I put on my yellow rubber gloves. Today I have to do physicals and I wore some rubber gloves. Also the guy I'm dating thinks wearing the gloves is hot.

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June 5, 20080 found this helpful

No but my girlfriend does. Her name is Rachel and she uses them because she loves her hands and doesn't want them ruined. Plus she doesn't like doing the dishes because she is disgusted by them. Now she is trying to get me to use them by wearing her rubber gloves all around me to make me get used to them.

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Do you wear rubber gloves, and what for?

Matt from Seattle, WA


June 24, 20080 found this helpful

I wear rubber gloves for ALL dish washing and ALL wet cleaning. Obviously, I don't wear them for dusting or sweeping! I have a pair only for dishes and another pair for dirty cleaning.

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful

I don't use "rubber" gloves, but I have disposable ones around for any messy job, especially in the kitchen. I REALLY HATE getting meatloaf mix, bread dough etc. under my nails!

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful

I don't wear rubber gloves for anything. I find them cumbersome and can clean things better with just my bare hands.

But I do wear those disposable clear plastic gloves when I have a painting project. And I wear cloth garden gloves for gardening and yard work.

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I've tried just about every tool on the market for grooming my cats. Having spent upwards of $30 for the Furminator, I found that although it does a good job of removing fur, just a simple, soft, rubber brush does just as well and obviously feels better to my beasts.

The Furminator had them howling and in "escape mode" at first stroke. And that was with the lightest possible pass over their fur. I don't know if its the static electricity the device generates or the sharp teeth that literally pulls hair out, no matter how lightly one applies the comb.

My two cats are older rescue cats with a calm nature. It is not like them to fight any kind of grooming or attention. They are happy to lie calmly as I run a soft rubber brush over them. I collect just as much fur, with no fuss, no distress, and no need to hold them down.

Save yourself some money and discomfort for both you and your pets. Go with a simple pliable rubber brush. Your feline fellas will feel loved and cared for and look forward to their twice weekly grooming.

By Lynn Briggs from Cincinnati, OH

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September 10, 2019

Having your dish gloves fill with water defeats the purpose of using them. The next time you find a hole in your dish gloves, try patching them before deciding to throw them out.

How to Patch Tears in Rubber Gloves - repaired glove

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