Rubber gloves - do people really still use those ugly old things? Often shunned as a cleaning 'accessory' that mums used to wear back in the 70s, there was actually a method to their madness. These women were - as mothers often are - completely right to be wearing them.
Not convinced by your mother's wise wisdom alone? Here are five reasons to buy yourself a pair of retro Marigold rubber gloves for all your own cleaning needs.
Why you need to wear rubber gloves
1. Rubber Gloves create a barrier for your skin
While your aunt may gloat about her own, hard-wearing asbestos hands, they actually aren't something she should be bragging about. Our skin is meant to be delicate, soft and smooth. Continually exposing it to harsh conditions over the years will soon turn our hands into quite the opposite.
Most of us are in such a hurry to get our cleaning done, that we don't stop to consider the impact all those chemicals have on our skin. Think of your strongest cleaning product: it melts away grime, limescale and anything else without any effort on your part at all. Now think about it doing exactly the same to your skin cells - not a pleasant thought, is it?
Whilst the effects can't often be seen instantly, over time, they can cause significant damage. Wearing a pair of rubber gloves when doing hard cleaning tasks will provide a barrier for your hands, keeping them protected from all those nasties.
2. The rubber increases your grip
Arguably the best and most versatile cleaning product in the world, Fairy liquid, can also be the most troublesome as far as slipping is concerned.
Whether you're cleaning dishes, the toilet, or even sweeping, a pair of Marigold rubber gloves will provide you with a better grip to tackle the task in-hand with ease. And what does a better grip mean? Fuss-free, no-messing cleaning so you can get the job done quicker and move onto other activities.
3. A more pleasant cleaning experience
Dusting and hoovering are relatively harmless cleaning jobs, but the bathroom and kitchen? There are some real nasties hiding in there.
The grime we find round plug holes and the grease that's slicked across our hob is far from pleasant. In fact, on particularly 'dirty' weeks, it's enough to turn your tummy. Well, while it's necessary to get rid of the stuff, take comfort in the fact that you needn't come into direct content with the dirt around your home.
A pair of rubber gloves will mean you can clean your home confidently, and finishing the job without feeling like you could do with a good scrub, as well as your sink.
4. Protect your manicure
Just because we spend half our lives cleaning, it doesn't mean we have to look like we spend half our lives cleaning.
Most of us feel good with a fresh lick of varnish over our nails, but it often doesn't last long when cleaning is part of the equation. Just a five-minute bathroom scrub will leave your gorgeous, red manicure chipped to smithereens, and you less than pleased as a result.
Get into the habit of popping on a pair of rubber gloves before you start your clean, and you'll be able to keep even the most elaborate of nail art in check. They'll also help protect your cuticles and the nail surface, so that your hands will look pretty au-natural too. No more nail destruction for you, just healthier, happier nails!
5. Prevent nasty infections
Gunk and grime are pretty nasty, we all know that. However, what we often don't think about is what that dirt actually is: a build-up of dirt, nastiness, germs, and what do germs lead to? Infections and illness.
Sounds much more serious than a chipped nail, does it? As you'll be coming into direct contact with germy surfaces when you're cleaning, a pair of gloves seems like the obvious (but often forgotten) way to go. Make sure you're protected from germs and opt to always wear your gloves before tackling cleaning jobs.
When you should wear rubber gloves
Ok, so we've covered why you should wear your gloves, now it's time to turn our attention to when you should wear them. While some jobs are too quick to warrant gloves, and others really not requiring the extra protection, there are some household tasks you should certainly be using your gloves for:
1. Washing dishes
It's obvious, but there's more to it than keeping your hands dry. The rubbery, easy-grip texture not only prevents your tens of glasses after a heavy wine session from slipping from your grasp, but if you do happen to break one, the barrier will help protect you from any cuts.
We all know that washing your dishes in piping hot water is beneficial, working magic to lift dirt and kill off lingering germs. However, hot water is uncomfortable, and for good reason! It's your skin trying to tell you that you're causing damage.
Leave a pair of rubber gloves under the sink and get into the habit of wearing them during every wash, whether it's just a few plates or a banquet's worth.
2. Scrubbing toilets
The chemicals in your toilet cleaner are some of the most abrasive of them all - how do you think they get such gleaming results? The chlorine combined with acids forms toxic chlorine gas, which can cause severe burns on the skin.
Keep a pair of rubber gloves in your cleaning kit so you give yourself no excuses to not wear them. Your skin will thank you for it.
3. Oven cleaning
Oven cleaning products often contain chlorine and ammonia or ammonia and lye which are highly irritable to the skin. Add to this the impact of hard-wearing, abrasive cleaning tools used to remove stubborn dirt and grime on the skin and it's no surprise your hands feel dry and sore after an oven-clean.
Look after your oven and your skin, and be sure to wear gloves when scrubbing away.
4. Cleaning up pet mess
Pets may be cute, but my gosh they create a mess! From rabbit pens to cat litter trays, cleaning your little friend's home definitely isn't the nicest job in the world.
Pulling on a pair of Marigolds before you get stuck in will help make this task significantly more bearable, and will prevent you having to wash your hands half a dozen times to remove the stench, too.
Miscellaneous benefits of rubber gloves
Hopefully, this insightful article has thus far been convincing enough to get you to invest in a pair of good, old-fashioned rubber gloves. However, if you're still not convinced, don't you worry, as I'm not giving up yet.
Here are 10 miscellaneous uses for your new favourite cleaning accessory:
- Dying hair: no need to worry about unsightly, brown stains.
- Opening jars: the grip will make you feel like you have superwoman strength.
- Rubber bands: cut your rubber gloves into strips to make super durable, extra-strength elastic bands.
- Sorting recyclables: protect your hands from sharp metal and broken glass
- Turning paperwork: get flicking through that stash much quicker.
- Remove pet hair: slide your hand over hairy surfaces to lift any debris from your moulting friend.
- Mixing cookie dough: forget sticky fingers, wear a pair of rubber gloves.
- Vase 'placemats': prevent your vases from budging an inch - cut your rubber gloves into circular vase mats and place underneath.
- Pull poison ivy: speed up your gardening process with super-strength grip and protect your hands whilst you're at it.
- Needlework: the extra grip will make pulling your needle through thick fabric easy peasy.
The moral of the story? Your mother is always right - at least, in the case of rubber glove-wearing!
I hope you enjoyed my insight to the world of rubber gloves. Do you wear gloves when cleaning or do you prefer to go glove-free? Comment below and let me know!