How To Clean Dish Gloves That Smell 

How To Clean Dish Gloves | PCT Clean

It’s time to learn how you can clean dish gloves that smell awful.

If you have sensitive skin or just don’t like getting your hands wet to clean the dishes, use dish gloves. They can protect your skin from the drying effects of cleaning solutions and hard water. Dish gloves also protect you from burns when using hot water to clean pots, pans and everything in the sink. But if you think dish gloves are just for washing the dishes, you’re wrong.

Don’t be misled by the name because you can use it to clean just any surfaces inside your home. Using dish gloves can often leave you with rubber-smelling hands. But this downside cannot outweigh the fact that it lets you clean without exposing your hands to any dirt, germs, cleaning chemicals, etc. After some time, dish gloves start to smell. And when they do, it means germs are already lurking inside. Check out the tips below on how to clean dish gloves that smell.

Cleaning Tips

You don’t need to replace your dish gloves every time it starts to smell. They can actually last for a long time if you know how to properly clean and store them.

Soap and Warm Water

Simply wash the dish gloves with soap and hot water after every use. Make sure to clean the dish gloves inside and outside. You can use an old toothbrush to get rid of the gunk stuck in the dish gloves. Rinse with water and hang to dry.

Baking Soda

Your hands tend to get sweaty while using dish gloves. Sweat is one of the factors that cause the unwanted smell because moisture attracts bacterial growth. To avoid this, sprinkle baking soda inside the dish gloves after use. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer. It can absorb moisture, neutralize the smell and kill bacteria.

Baking soda doesn’t have any scent. If you want your dish gloves to smell fresh, try combining three tablespoons of baking soda plus two to four drops of lavender oil. Lavender oil and baking soda have antibacterial properties, making this combo a good option.

You can also create a paste from baking soda and water and rub it inside and outside the dish gloves using a cloth. Rinse and dry afterwards.

How To Avoid Smelly Dish Gloves

Check out your options below on how to avoid getting smelly dish gloves.

High-Quality Gloves

Invest in high-quality gloves. If you have the budget, there are dish gloves that have built-in antibacterial and deodorizer technology available on the market. There are also scented ones like lemon or lavender that reduce or mask the overall smell of your dish gloves.

Start with Clean Hands

Before putting on your dish gloves, make sure you have washed your hands and that they are completely dry. Never put on dish gloves on your dirty or sweaty hands. If you use them on dirty hands, the combination of sweat, dirt and the rubber smell will be really awful.

Disposable Dish Gloves

You won’t need to deal with smelly dish gloves or cleaning them if you switch to disposable ones. Throw after use and use a new one every time. But disposable gloves are not always applicable to all the jobs you want to do with dish gloves. They are usually thinner and can offer very little protection, plus they easily break. Being disposable, it also adds up to the waste that is harming the planet. Use this as your last option. 

Dry Dish Gloves

Don’t use wet dish gloves and make sure to completely dry them after cleaning. Drying them completely will prevent bacterial growth that can cause skin irritations and possible cross-contamination in your home.

Tricks on How to Remove Rubber Smell

If the rubber smell is bothering you, here are tricks on how to get rid of it.


Applying scented lotion before and after using your dish gloves can remove the rubber smell. This is also beneficial if you have dry hands. 

Baking Soda

Yes, you can sprinkle baking soda before using the dish gloves so it can neutralize the rubber smell.


Wash the inside of your dish gloves with the soap of your favorite scent. Let it completely dry after washing before turning the inside back.

Sticky Dish Gloves Issue

You’ve been following all the tips and tricks mentioned above. However, the problem now is that your dish gloves are becoming sticky. When this happens, it’s time to toss them out and replace them. Here are some of the causes why your dish gloves are getting sticky.

Aging Gloves 

Constant use and exposure to harsh chemicals may cause your dish gloves to melt and get sticky. It’s time to replace it. 


Where and how you store your dish gloves may also cause it to become sticky. Exposure to high temperature is the common culprit. 

Grease and Oil

Constant exposure to grease and oil from cleaning pots, pans, etc., can also cause the dish gloves’ material to break down. The grease and oil slowly melt the gloves, making it uncomfortable to wear. 

Hot Water

Using hot water makes it easier to remove dirt and grease from pots, pans and even dishes. But this can also cause the gloves to melt over time which changes its overall texture. 

How to Avoid Sticky Dish Gloves

Ensure to clean the inside and outside of your dish gloves after use. Scrub them if you need to, and let them dry completely afterwards. Again, sprinkle baking soda or talcum powder inside and outside the dish gloves. This is to remove the remaining moisture. These tips can prevent the growth of germs and other harmful bacteria that can also degrade your dish gloves’ material.

By doing the hacks mentioned above, you can prolong the life of your dish gloves and avoid spending on new ones. Use different dish gloves for various cleaning purposes to make sure that you avoid cross-contamination of germs and bacteria. 

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