You use your rubber gloves in the kitchen to wash dishes and take care of other household tasks, but how often do you actually think about caring for them? Without proper care, gloves can hold dirt and bacteria, so it’s important to keep them clean, and simply throwing them out and getting new ones all the time is awful for the environment. In this blog post, we will teach you how to properly care for your rubber gloves so they remain sanitary and last longer!
Why It’s Important to Clean Your Gloves
The gloves you for household cleaning can get dirty over time, so it is important to clean them so the bacteria on them don’t contaminate the things you are cleaning.
Cleaning your gloves also allows you to rinse any harsh chemicals off of them that could damage the rubber over time. This will keep your gloves in better shape and give them a longer lifespan, which is better for the environment!
How Often Should You Clean Your Gloves?
Ideally, you should clean your gloves every time you finish using them. This helps to prevent the built-up dirt and bacteria on your gloves and prevents them from contaminating other surfaces.
How to Clean Your Gloves
When washing your gloves you will need to clean both the outside and inside of the glove to make sure that your gloves are completely sanitary.
Step 1: Wash the Outside of the Gloves
First, you’ll want to wash the outside of the gloves. To do this, put the gloves on like you normally would. You’ll then want to wash them like you’re washing your hands with hot water and dishwashing liquid. Make sure you scrub them well, covering every surface, and then rinse all the soap off.
Step 2: Wash the Inside of the Gloves
Next, you need to take the gloves off and turn them inside out. Put the glove on inside out and wash them again as you did with the outside of the gloves.
Step 3: Let the Gloves Dry
Finally, turn the gloves right side out and hang them with the fingers pointing upwards to dry. Hanging the gloves with the fingers pointing up will ensure that water doesn’t pool in the gloves while they dry.
How to Store Your Gloves
Storing your gloves properly can help keep your gloves clean and help to prevent any damage to them. The best place to keep your gloves would be in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. This way the gloves can’t melt from the heat, start deteriorating because of the sunlight, or become unsanitary from sitting in water.
When to Get New Gloves
With proper care you can extend the lifetime of your gloves, but when is it time to throw in the towel and get a new pair of gloves?
You should get a new pair of gloves when your current pair of gloves get holes in them. Once they get holes in them, they no longer can protect your hands sufficiently.
Rubber gloves can be a useful tool when cleaning so it is a good idea to maintain them. One of the most important things you can do to care for your gloves is to wash them after each use. This will prevent dirt and germs from building up over time, which could make the things you wash unsanitary. You should also store your gloves in a dry place that’s away from any windows or places that are warm so they don’t melt when exposed to heat. Lastly, if holes start appearing on the gloves it may be time for a new pair!