15 Unconventional Uses For Rubber Gloves

1.  Remove Pet Hair from Upholstery

Reusable rubber gloves are the easiest and cheapest tool for removing pet hair from upholstery. This simple technique is tested and true. All you need is a pair of reusable household gloves. We recommend Clean Ones Everyday Cleaning Natural Latex Gloves.

Slide them on, give your sofa (or car interior) a good rub down and the hair will stick to the glove. To remove the fur from your glove, plunge your gloved hand in water, the hair will unstick and float to the top for you to easily gather and dispose of.

2.  Open Jars

Try keeping a pair of reusable household gloves around to help with untwist-able jar lids. Simply put a rubber glove on your dominate hand before twisting — the additional grip will give you better leverage on the jars cap.

For a glove with maximum grip, try Clean Ones Enhanced Protection Multi-Layered Gloves, the super gripping diamond pattern on the palm is perfect for loosening the tightest of lids.

3.  Wear Under Work/Sports/Winter Gloves

Wear disposable gloves under your winter gloves to add an extra layer of insulation without adding bulk. This additional layer will allow you the dexterity you need while providing an extra layer of protection from harsh winter weather.

4.  Hand Care

Winter weather can leave your hands feeling dry, cracked and uncomfortable. Luckily, there is a simple solution. Before going to bed, try applying a thick layer of lotion to your hands and place a disposable glove over the lotion. Your hands will feel soft and smooth the next morning.

5.  Dust Window Blinds

Window blinds can be a pain to clean. Try this simple technique to clean those hard-to-reach corners:

    •  Don a pair of reusable household gloves like Clean Ones Pure Comfort
       Latex Free Gloves.

    •  Close your blinds one direction.
    •  Spray blinds with your favorite cleaning spray (or use a homemade solution of
       half water, half vinegar).
    •  Close your blinds the other direction
    •  Spray again.
    •  Open your blinds.
    •  Using your gloved hand pinch a blind using your thumb and forefinger.
    •  Run your fingers the length of the blind to pick up dust from both sides at the
       same time. Repeat for every blind.

6.  DIY No Slip Mop/Broom Handle Covers

Tired of your mops and brooms toppling over? Try adding extra traction to the handle. Simply take an old pair of reusable rubber gloves, cut a finger off and slip it over the tip of the handle. The extra grip will prevent the handle from slipping against the wall, keeping your utility closet nice and organized.

7.  DIY Heavy Duty Rubber Bands

Ever wonder what to do with old rubber gloves that are past their prime? Try cutting them into strips to make large and extra strength rubber bands.

8.  DIY Vase Protection

Every worry that your rambunctious munchkins will knock over your favorite vase? Try adding a no slip grip to the bottom by simply cutting the palm out of an old reusable rubber gloves and placing it underneath. The additional traction is a great defense, providing resistance against accidental bumps and collisions.

9.  DIY Bottle Lids/Pour Spouts

Replace a lost bottle lid with the fingertip of a rubber glove, simply cut the finger off of and slip it over the bottleneck. To turn it into a pour spout puncture the fingertip using a thumbtack or nail.

10.  Pull a Needle through Fabric

Keep a reusable rubber glove in your sewing kit for added grip on a sewing needle. This trick works well with difficult to mend fabrics such as denim and corduroy. Your fingers (and sanity) will thank you for this age-old sewing trick.

11.  Turn Pages

Whether you are grading a stack of papers or speed reading your way through your latest literary obsession, sometimes swift page turning is a must. Try keeping an old rubber glove on hand to give you extra traction, allowing you to turn page after page without resistance.

12.  DIY Ice Pack

Bumps and bruises are a common occurrence with little ones running around. Try keeping an extra ice pack (or two) on hand. No need to buy anything fancy, your little ones will get a kick out of the hand shaped ones you can make for them by following these easy steps:

    •  Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a disposable glove, tie off and put in
       the freezer. The alcohol will prevent the water from freezing completely.

    •  When it’s frozen, wrap with a towel or cloth and apply.

13.  Bathing Children and Pets

Keep a box of disposable gloves (like Clean Ones Disposable Essentials Latex or Nitrile Gloves) in your bathroom cabinet to provide the ideal non-slip grip when bathing your little ones. They also protect your hands from drying out, just rub some lotion on your hands before donning the gloves and you’ll have silky soft hands after bath time.

14.  Clean the Grill

Cleaning the grill can be a tough and messy job. This no-scrub technique will make this unbearable chore tolerable. Simply put on reusable household gloves like Clean Ones Enhanced Protection Multi-Layered Gloves, slide a hand along the grating of the grill with plenty of pressure. The extra force will loosen up caked-on soot and charcoal and have you back to grilling in no time.

15.  Pull Poison Ivy

Hiring a professional may be the safest most effective method of poison ivy removal, but taking care of it yourself may be the cheapest. If cautious, this technique can help minimize the risk of contamination while ridding your yard of poison ivy.

    •  Preparation: Wear something that’s easily removable and bleachable; and have
       two pairs of heavy duty gloves ready. One pair to wear while pulling the poison
       ivy and another pair to wear while handling your contaminated clothing.
       We recommend Clean Ones Enhanced Protection Multi-Layered Gloves, the heavy duty
       nitrile and latex blend will keep you protected from that pesky poison ivy.

    •  Using gloved hands, carefully pull the poison ivy and if you are not concerned with
       the health of surrounding plants, pour bleach on the affected area to kill off any missed
       roots to prevent poison ivy from returning (this step may need to be repeated over the
       next few weeks).

    •  Clean Up: When you’re done, first remove your contaminated gloves. For the first glove,
       pull it off with the other gloved hand. For the second glove, carefully slide
        your fingers under the cuff and pull it inside-out. Toss both gloves in
        a plastic bag for disposal – don’t try reusing them.

       Put on the clean gloves (this pair can be thinner and disposable such as Clean Ones
       Disposable Essentials Nitrile Gloves
). Drop each article of clothing directly into the
       washer. Be sure to avoid skin contact with any contaminated objects or surfaces.
       Once all clothing is in the washer take the gloves off so that the second one pulls
       inside out. Dispose of contaminated gloves. Using extra bleach and detergent, start
       the washer.

       Wash hands using a mild dish detergent and lukewarm water (avoid hot water,
       which stimulates irritants). Be sure to use a soap with detergent so that oils
       are dissolved. Once hands are washed, wash face and hop in a lukewarm
       shower.