Even if you own a dishwasher, there are still times when you have no choice but to plunge your hands into some very hot water laced with a liberal squirt of dish soap. Wearing gloves when you do this, or even for other jobs around the home, is the easiest way to prevent damage to your hands.Although traditional rubber gloves are still the firm favorite in many kitchens, for those who have latex allergies, then dishwashing gloves made from vinyl or nitrile have replaced the rubber. This means that there is now more choice of dishwashing gloves than ever before. In this review we look at what the best dishwashing gloves should offer and perhaps, most importantly, we review some of the current bestsellers to help you to choose the most suitable gloves for your skin and your dishwashing needs.
The Clean Ones Pure Comfort latex free gloves medium (six pairs) are our latex free best pick for their longer length and for being 35% thicker than standard household gloves.
The kitchen rubber cleaning gloves (two pairs) are our traditional latex budget pick as multipurpose gloves with longer cuffs.
Table of Contents
- Quick Comparison: Top 10 Best Dishwashing Gloves
- 1. Clean Ones Pure Comfort Latex Free Gloves Medium
- 2. BIAJI Kitchen Rubber Cleaning Gloves
- 3. Star Kitchen TBGM True Blues Ultimate Household Gloves
- 4. Mr. Clean 2434033 Bliss Premium Latex Free Gloves
- 5. Casabella Premium Water Stop Gloves
- 6. Tusko Products Nitrile Dishwashing Gloves
- 7. Silicone Scrubber Dishwashing Gloves
- 8. Magic Silicone Dishwashing Gloves with Scrubber
- 9. Finnhomy 31212 Latex Free Household Gloves
- 10. Elgood Dishwashing Cleaning Gloves
- Things to Consider Before Buying Dishwashing Gloves
Quick Comparison: Top 10 Best Dishwashing Gloves
1. Clean Ones Pure Comfort Latex Free Gloves Medium
Made from BPA-free and phthalate-free vinyl, the Clean Ones Pure Comfort latex free gloves medium (six pairs) also contain an ultra-absorbent lining for moisture absorption. These premium household gloves are 35% thicker than standard household gloves and the latex free vinyl is formulated to be odor free so that hands do not smell even after wearing for a time.These gloves are also extra long, although some users would prefer them to be longer still, and they have a swirl grip pattern for easy gripping. Some users have commented that these gloves may ‘harden’ with time and use and that they can be prone to tearing with minimal use.
2. BIAJI Kitchen Rubber Cleaning Gloves
The pink kitchen rubber cleaning gloves (two pairs) contain a thick lining and floral patterned extra long cuffs. The rubber has an anti-slip surface for better gripping. Some users have complained about the strong odor of these gloves which may not fade with their first use. The sizing of these will also be on the smaller side.
3. Star Kitchen TBGM True Blues Ultimate Household Gloves
Made from tough vinyl, the Star Kitchen TBGM True Blues ultimate household gloves green medium (one pair) also have a cotton lining and a tighter fit. These latex free gloves are also machine washable although they can be difficult to turn inside out to wash which can mean odor starts to build up inside them.These can be prone to some tearing around the thumb area and the cuffs on these are shorter than comparable dishwashing gloves.
4. Mr. Clean 2434033 Bliss Premium Latex Free Gloves
The phthalate-free Mr. Clean 2434033 Bliss premium latex free loves medium (one pair) have a non-slip design. The cuff on these gloves is a longer 12" to protect your sleeves and they also contain a soft lining. Like any dishwashing glove there is a risk of these breaking soon after use and if water gets inside the gloves, they will soon start to smell. As these are white gloves, staining will occur faster than those which are darker colored.
5. Casabella Premium Water Stop Gloves
The latex Casabella premium water stop gloves small (one pair) have a cotton flock lining. These pink gloves also have extra long cuffs that are able to turn up to catch drips. The surface of the glove has an anti-slip texture. Some regular users of these gloves have commented that there appears to be a newer design on the market which is not as robust as the previous design and that the lining is now thinner than it was previously.
6. Tusko Products Nitrile Dishwashing Gloves
The green Tusko Products nitrile dishwashing gloves medium (one pair) are guaranteed for 90 days for non-commercial use. These thicker nitrile gloves have an odor-resistant flock lining and an anti-slip texture on their surface, although some users have found that these gloves may at times be slippery and have actually dropped glasses when washing them. These are also latex and vinyl free and although they do have a long cuff; it could be longer as they are still prone to water running down into them when washing up.
7. Silicone Scrubber Dishwashing Gloves
Made from food grade silicone, the silicone scrubber dishwashing gloves green large (one pair) have silicone bristles on the palms of the gloves and can be used for dishwashing as well as other household tasks and scrubbing vegetables.The gloves can be washed after use, placed in the dishwasher or sterilized in the microwave. These are also heat resistant up to 320°F. Some users have found that the design of these make them less than flexible depending on how they are being used. They can also be slippery and make it more awkward for you to hold pots when washing up.
8. Magic Silicone Dishwashing Gloves with Scrubber
These silicone gloves have bristles on the palm to assist with washing up and other cleaning jobs around the home. As they are made from heat resistant silicone (up to 320°F), these can also be cleaned in the dishwasher or sterilized in hot water or the microwave.
These gloves may not be ideal when washing glassware as things may slip through the fingers when holding, especially when the gloves are wet. The sizing may not be typical either, you may find they are on the small side when compared with other gloves.
9. Finnhomy 31212 Latex Free Household Gloves
These Finnhomy 31212 latex free household gloves medium (two pairs) are made from eco-friendly vinyl and have a viscose lining. The gloves are 15" long and the surface has a non-slip design. Odor can develop in these quite quickly once water has got inside. They may also be thinner than other vinyl gloves and at more risk of tearing in use.
10. Elgood Dishwashing Cleaning Gloves
The purple and blue Elgood dishwashing gloves latex free medium (two pairs) are made from vinyl which is BPA and phthalate free. These have an advanced Flocking Technology system of cotton and PVC and the surface has an anti-slip design. These are longer 13" gloves but may be thinner than comparable gloves and more likely to tear. As they are thinner, they may not protect your hands as much when using very hot water.
Things to Consider Before Buying Dishwashing Gloves
As well as protecting the hands, gloves allow you to wash pots and pans in water that is hotter than bare hands can usually stand. They also protect sleeves from getting wet or stained.
Dishwashing gloves are ideal for many different jobs around the house, whether cleaning the bathroom, or scrubbing down the grill. Kitchen and bathroom jobs should always have separate gloves – it can be helpful to assign different colored gloves to different rooms or tasks, so they do not get mixed up.
When our hands are in frequent or prolonged contact with water, especially water containing detergents, we have a higher risk of developing dermatitis, or ‘dishpan’ hands, a form of eczema. Dishpan hands not only look unsightly, they can get quite painful as well. Gloves also offer some protection to skin which is already damaged, such as if you have sensitive skin, or cuts or blisters on your hands.
A pair of gloves should fit properly. If they are too tight it can make your hands tire and lose their grip and if they are too large, they can prevent us from gripping properly or even be uncomfortable.
Most manufacturers have a size guide for their dishwashing gloves, but as a rule of thumb - no pun intended - for unisex adult gloves, a small will be around size 7½"; a medium about 8½"; a large around 9" and an XL fitting, size 10 to 10½.
There are various ways of confirming a precise glove size, but just measuring around your dominant hand at its fullest part (avoiding the thumb) is the easiest. Gloves are measured in half sizes, so if your measurement falls in between these, for example, 7¾" then you can round down to the nearest half or whole number. In the case above, that would give a glove size of 7½", making your dishwashing gloves ‘small’.
It is still worth checking out exact sizes before you buy though, as you may need to get a size up or down for a better fit.
What to Look for When Choosing Gloves
A soft lining in gloves can help minimize irritation and longer cuffs can be an advantage for deeper sinks, pots and pans. Dishwashing gloves will make your hands start to sweat after a time and although some gloves contain linings that are designed to absorb moisture, if excess moisture becomes a problem, you can invest in some thin cotton gloves to wear underneath the dishwashing gloves. Not only will these absorb excess moisture, but they can also be washed and re-used.
For handling in water or greasy pots, a texture or roughened surface on the gloves is essential to ensure a good grip and natural friction. Flexibility of gloves makes it easier when cleaning smaller items and your fingers should always be able to move fully and freely.
Types of Glove Materials
Latex, or natural rubber was always the material of choice for dishwashing gloves. Rubber comes from the sap of the Hevea brasiliensis or rubber tree found in Southeast Asia and Africa. As well as in gloves, natural rubber is found in medical and dental supplies such as dressings, catheters and dental dams as well as in tires, tools, underwear waistbands, handbags, athletic shoes and many other items.
A latex allergy occurs when we become allergic to the proteins found within natural rubber. The allergy often arises after being exposed to latex many times. Most symptoms are mild – such as hives, itchiness and a runny nose although a small number of people can suffer with a severe latex allergy which can cause life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Even if you are not allergic to latex, there is a chance that allergic contact dermatitis can arise. Usually seen as blisters and eczema on the back of the hands, this is a reaction often caused by the chemicals used to make the rubber gloves. This type of reaction can start up to three days after wearing rubber gloves.
The easiest way to avoid latex in the kitchen is to switch to latex free gloves. There are also reduced latex protein gloves now available, developed to reduce the risk of latex allergies developing. This latex has had extra manufacturing to reduce its level of natural rubber latex, or NRL proteins.
Unless you are allergic to latex, there are a number of benefits to rubber gloves. They can be thicker and help protect against cuts to the hands; they are elastic and often offer high touch sensitivity when wearing. They are good for using in hot water and they are also biodegradable. If you do want to use them for car maintenance jobs, then it's worth knowing that grease and oil exposure can start to break rubber down.
Nitrile is free from any latex proteins and is a synthetic robber copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene. Nitrile is resistant to oil and can resist more chemical damage and punctures than latex can. Nitrile gloves tend to be more expensive to buy than rubber.
Vinyl, or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) gloves can often cost less and but are usually less durable than rubber. These gloves tend to fit looser and contact with stronger chemicals or household products should be avoided – vinyl is best suited to non-hazardous materials and tasks.
Cleaning Dishwashing Gloves
Although it may seem a little strange to clean gloves after use, it can help reduce the risk of odors or mold developing inside and if you do use them for food preparation, it is more sanitary to clean them after use.
Once you have finished with them and are still wearing them, wash them with hot water and soap. Put them out to dry. Once dry, turn them inside and wash them with hot water and soap. Leave to dry and then turn back the right way. This is also a good time to check for any holes or tears. You can then wipe the outside of the gloves again with a suitable sanitizer. Avoid alcohol as this may damage the gloves.
If you cannot wash the insides of the gloves due to the lining, then try sprinkling some baking soda inside them. This will help keep odors at bay and will also function as a powder – making the gloves easier to put on and take off again.
If odors get worse, then the inner is probably contaminated with bacteria or mold, so if you cannot clean them properly, then you should consider investing in a new pair of gloves.
Once dry, store your gloves away from any direct heat or sunlight as this can also damage them.
We hope that you have enjoyed our article which shows there is more to a pair of dishwashing gloves than it seems. Apart from how they are constructed, considerations such as their flexibility, durability and cuff length all need taking into account when selecting gloves. We have also offered some tips on how to clean your gloves to help stop those dubious odors leaving your hands smelling less than fresh.If you have been looking for a pair of traditional rubber gloves, or need to avoid latex, then our reviews of the best dishwashing gloves should have helped you to make the choice of the best ones for you and your home.