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2X4: Four Fantastic Uses for Rubber Gloves

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Jessica
04.01.13

They’re your BFF when you’re washing dishes, but rubber gloves can do more than protect your manicure! Here are four uses for rubber gloves that don’t involve dish suds:

Remove Pet Hair. For pet owners, cleaning up pet hair is a constant burden. If you’ve tried everything from lint rollers to duct tape with limited success, we have a solution: rubber gloves! Simply moisten your gloves with water and run your hand over the surface of your furniture. The glove will give you more control than a strip of tape and is far more effective than a balloon or tennis ball. If you’re worried about moisture damaging your furniture, test this method on a small area before going at the whole couch!

Clean the Grill. The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and the savory smell of grilled food is in the air! If you’re breaking out a charcoal grill this weekend, keep a pair of rubber gloves nearby to make cleaning up easier. Once the grill is completely cool, detach any removable metal grates and pour warm, soapy water over them. Don your rubber gloves and slide a hand along the grating with ample pressure. The extra force will loosen up caked-on soot and charcoal, so you won’t have to scrub!

Pull Poison Ivy. The old saying, “leaves of three, let it be” makes a lot of sense, but sometimes it’s necessary to remove poison ivy from your yard! If you’re gearing up to face the ivy-enemy, don’t forget your rubber gloves! Paired with a long-sleeved shirt, pants and boots, your body will be protected from the poisonous vine (or bush if you’re in the Western United States). With gloves, you can grab the unwanted plant and pull it right out, which is much easier than fumbling with a shovel!

Dust Window Blinds. Window blinds have an annoying habit of collecting dust. For an easy dust-fighting solution, grab a pair of rubber gloves and white vinegar. Mix the vinegar with equal parts water, and then moisten your gloves with the solution. Run your fingers along both sides of the first slat to remove dust, and then rinse your glove. Repeat the process on every slat until the dust is gone. This cleaning trick is safe for wood, plastic and metal surfaces. If you’re nervous about putting vinegar on your blinds, test the solution on a small, out of the way area before you clean. 

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