Can you wash rubber gloves in the washing machine?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know if can you wash rubber gloves in the washing machine.

– Salom Jambeinge

A: Rubber gloves, such as those used for cleaning or dishwashing, can typically be washed in a washing machine, but it’s essential to use a gentle cycle to avoid damaging them. Here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Preparation: Rinse off any visible dirt or debris from the gloves under running water.
  2. Washing Machine Settings: Set the washing machine to a gentle cycle. Use cold water to prevent the rubber from heating up and potentially warping.
  3. Detergent: Use a mild detergent. Avoid bleach or any harsh cleaners that could damage the rubber.
  4. Wash: You can put the gloves in a mesh laundry bag for extra protection. This can help prevent them from getting stretched or torn during the wash.
  5. Drying: Do not use a machine dryer. Instead, let the gloves air dry naturally. Avoid places with direct sunlight or high heat.

Please note, this advice is for standard household rubber gloves. If you have specialized rubber gloves (like electrical or chemical-resistant gloves), it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. Always check the care instructions if available to ensure you’re not inadvertently damaging the gloves.

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