Friday, January 11, 2013

How to Keep Rubber Gloves Smelling Fresh

Rubber gloves are great for keeping your hands moisturized and protected when cleaning, but their smell can be a major turn off. You know- that funk they get after you wear them a few times.

Everyone says you should just turn them inside out after you use them, but let's be real- that's a total time consuming pain in the ass! (Does anyone actually do this?)

Here's a two step way to keep them fresh that is supereasy and likely to get done!
  1. After wearing, sprinkle some baking soda into your gloves. It neutralizes odor, absorbs moisture, and kills bacteria. You can also use natural powdered deodorant.
  2. Hang them (upside down/ fingers facing floor) to dry in a well-ventilated area. Keep out of direct sunlight, which can damage your gloves.
And if you're feeling fancy, mix up this herbal glove freshener.

Make a powder to keep your rubber gloves fresh.
  1. Combine about 3 T baking soda with 2-4 drops lavender essential oil. (Like baking soda, lavender is antibacterial. It also simply smells great!)
  2. Transfer to a clean and dry empty glass spice container with shaker top and sealing cover. You can also use a tight sealing container with a metal top. Just hammer holes into it using a nail. To seal container when not in use, cover the top with foil. This is important, otherwise your powder will be absorbing the funk of your house and not really be useful for your gloves.
  3. Store the powder in the same area, or at least the same room, as you do your gloves so that you actually use it.
I reuse a travel-sized candle tin to store my glove powder.
My rubber gloves hang to dry from clothespin attached to a bread tie wrapped around my microwave cart. Self-high five for rigging this one!

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 

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