Disposable gloves are an absolute essential in the home and shop, which is why – along with other safety gear – they should be part of your essential tool kit.
Normally, I use nitrile gloves for most tasks where I want or need to protect my hands from dirt, grime, or chemicals. I typically use Kimberly Clark or Microflex disposable nitrile gloves, and can recommend them without hesitation.
For applications where I want a thicker glove and greater puncture resistance, I use special Microflex latex gloves.
But when I need to wear disposable gloves for quick around-the-home or light workshop use, nitrile gloves can be a bit of a waste.
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If you go through a box of gloves every few years, the cost per glove won’t be much of an issue. But if you use disposable gloves fairly regularly, consider giving vinyl gloves a try.
Vinyl gloves are what we use for certain food preparation activities, such as cleaning chicken and skinning salmon fillets (which is also what we’ve been using our recently reviewed Rada fillet knife for), and for general cleaning tasks where the added chemical protection and durability of nitrile gloves just aren’t needed.
I recently purchased a replacement box of gloves from Amazon, and they’re quite decent. Nothing special, but they work well. They’re powder free and don’t tear or puncture too easily. I would definitely buy them again.
The first box we went through was Dynarex branded, as shown above, the second is an Amazon seller’s house brand, and they work equally as good.
I wrestled with the idea of just sticking to one type of disposable glove, but find that doing so drains my supply of doubly expensive nitrile gloves ($15-16 via Amazon) a little too quickly.
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What is your preference regarding disposable gloves? One box for everything, or different gloves for different tasks?