How to Sanitize Rubber Gloves

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Rubber gloves are helpful cleaning products, but should be disinfected after each use, especially between different tasks. However, they should not be reused after cases in which they were in contact with blood, bodily fluids or extremely soiled items. Each individual, especially in the workplace environment, should have his own set of rubber gloves, as they are considered personal and hygienic equipment. It's time to discard a rubber glove when you notice it is becoming discolored, cracked or visibly punctured or ripped.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Hot water
  • Antibacterial wipe
  • Baking soda
  • Wash the outside of the gloves with soap and hot water while still wearing them. Dry the gloves with a clean paper towel and leave them on a clean surface until completely dry. Follow this method to quickly clean just the outside of your gloves.

  • Turn the gloves inside out and soak them in a mixture of soap and hot water for a few minutes. Hang them to dry before reuse. Follow this method for a more thorough glove cleaning.

  • Wipe the outside of the rubber gloves with an antibacterial wipe or a cloth soaked in disinfectant. However, do not use alcohol to sanitize as it will increase the chances of tearing the rubber. Hang them to dry before reuse. Follow this method as an alternative to washing with soap and warm water.

  • Sprinkle a little baking soda in your gloves. The soda will keep your hands and gloves smelling clean and fresh. It will also make putting on gloves and taking them off easier, so they will last longer.

  • Regularly check gloves for punctures or tears. Before each use, check to make sure there are no holes in the rubber. This is especially important if you're working with harmful chemicals, such as bleach or harsh cleaners.

  • Keep your gloves away from heat and direct sunlight. Too much heat exposure can melt your gloves. When not in use, store your gloves in a dry and clean area.

Tips & Warnings

  • A discolored glove means the rubber is wearing off and should be replaced.

References

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