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3 reasons you should always wear gloves while cleaning

3 reasons you should always wear gloves while cleaning

You should always have a pair of dish gloves at home.

These durable, waterproof helpers are crucial on your defense against dry, cracked skin, nasty illnesses and even chemical burns. Below you can see what we mean:

1. Hot water is very bad for your skin

Think about the last time you did the dishes and how your hands felt afterwards. They're dry and rough.

This is because the hot water may be ideal for dirty dishes but it’s terrible for your skin.

Hot water rinses away oil and grease from your dishes, so imagine what it does to the natural oils on your skin that create a waterproof barrier. 

Dermatologists caution that hot water can inflame your skin and remove olis that keep it soft and smooth.

Dish gloves allow you to wash your dishes in hot water and keep your hands protected. Also, you'll be able to wash your dishes in much hotter water than your bare hands can handle, and this will allow you to finish sooner.

Don't forget that gloves will protect your nails and keep your manicure from getting destroyed! 

2. Gloves protect against chemical burns

No matter if you DIY your cleaning supplies or buy them, exposing your skin to chemicals like detergents (in dish soap) and solvents (found in all-purpose cleaners) as well as vinegar, ammonia and bleach is just a bad idea.

These chemicals will also remove natural oils and reduce skin hydration. At best, that can cause dermatitis (the medical term for skin rashes) and at worst, chemical burns.

3. They can prevent diseases and bacteria spread

The most important reason why you should be wearing gloves is to protect yourself against bacteria while cleaning.

Think about the places you clean regularly -- the bathroom sink, the toilet, the kitchen sink. All three are places that are just teeming with salmonella and E. coli bacteria. And the sponge you use, is quite full of germs too!

Clean those places with bare hands and you run the risk of directly infecting yourself with nasty pathogens.

Even if you wash your hands after cleaning, you've got to do it correctly to actually protect yourself from those germs. There is no need for you to risk it when you can just wear gloves.