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Can we use reuse our disposable gloves?

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Some consumers are Eco-conscious and do not want to create waste, others heard that disposable gloves are reserved for front-line workers; thus, some are wondering if it is a good idea to reuse their disposable gloves after they clean them.

Lets see how does that work below.

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Disposable Gloves

According to the CDC they do not recommend reusing disposable gloves. The reason is, they are thinly designed; hence why they are used only once. Also, there are instances where disposable gloves tear up when you wear them. Even if you want to disinfect them for reuse, once you make the attempt to remove them backwards finger by finger, you will end up tearing them up in the process. Let’s say that you are able to remove your gloves, you might end up promoting the spread of germs, bacteria and viruses. Therefore, the best practice is to always dispose your disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap for a good 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

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Reusable Gloves

Whether you are eco-conscious or want to reserve gloves for frontline workers, the best way to accomplish is to use reusable gloves. These types of gloves are generally designed of thick rubber, they are durable, and can stand up to harsh chemicals and hot water. The most awesome feature is, that you can reuse them after you have properly disinfected them. To do this, wash your rubber gloves thoroughly with soap on the outside, and then you rinse them off with water. Then, place them in a container with disinfectant, and once the dwelling process is complete, you rinse them off with water and dry them out.

In summary, disposable gloves are designed for one use only. Using it otherwise, can only increase the risk of spreading harmful illnesses. Understandably due to the pandemic there are shortages of gloves in the market. However, that does not mean we cannot make educated decisions. Also, if your concern was to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy, reusing disposable gloves will not help you keep that promise.