Dishwashing gloves are very useful in the kitchen, but they can be used for more than cleaning a sink full of dishes. From the bathroom to the basement, a pair of gloves can help you with any household chore while protecting your hands. While you may be hesitant—and they are surely not a fashion statement—there are four main reasons why you may want to wear gloves more often.
Soapy water and slippery dishes do not mix. Anyone who has ever dropped a soapy dish and broken it knows how dangerous sharp objects and murky, sudsy water can be.
Wearing gloves allows you to grip items better than you would be able to with just your fingers when hand washing dishes. This may prevent a broken dish in the first place. If you do accidentally drop something, your gloves will protect you against cuts so you can clean up the mess safely.
Protect Your Skin
Hot water and harsh chemicals can do a number on your skin. You use your hands so much, that they have become your workhorses for nearly every job.
Protect your skin by not allowing it to be exposed to chemicals and water temperatures that can irritate and dry out your hands. This is especially important if you have cuts or lesions on your hands or if your skin is prone to irritation.
You can avoid the pain and chance of infection caused by exposing your hands to dishwater or other chores with a pair of inexpensive gloves. If you are sensitive to latex, look for latex-free gloves.
Protect Your Nails
Fingernails become soft when exposed to water for a period of time. Even five minutes of washing dishes or cleaning with water can weaken your nails. Soaps and chemicals do not help with this issue, so it is very easy to tear a nail while using any types of household cleaner.
A pair of gloves will prevent this softening from occurring because your hands will remain dry. They can also help prevent snags and tears. If you enjoy painted nails, gloves will help ensure they stay beautiful and the paint does not chip while you work. After all, there is no need to decide between a manicure and a clean house.
Avoid Gross Stuff
Yes, a seasoned housekeeper should not be shocked or repulsed by any household job. The fact is, that there are jobs in a home that are indeed yucky, icky, and gross to do. If they are disgusting to think about, they are even more disgusting to touch and expose your skin to.
Gloves can give you the confidence to dive right into those nasty but necessary jobs. Whether it is scrubbing the toilet or cleaning up an accident the kids or pets had, you will find them invaluable.
When you are done, the gloves can be cleaned off or can be thrown away, depending on the task at hand. Your hands, however, will be nice and clean, though you will still want to wash them.