Why Do My Dishwashing Gloves Get Sticky?

Many of us use rubber gloves when washing dishes and doing other housework, as they help protect our skin and nails from dirt and harsh cleaning agents.

A pair of high-quality rubber gloves can serve you well for a long time, but the material degrades over time. Have you ever wondered why rubber gloves get sticky?

Rubber dishwashing gloves may become sticky in the following cases:

 The talcum powder added by the manufacturer to the inside of the glove has worn off.
• The gloves got old and the rubber started to degrade.
• The gloves often come into contact with oils when washing dishes, which accelerate the decomposition of the rubber.
• You stored the gloves in a warm or sunny place.

The manufacturer coats the inside of the rubber glove with talcum powder, which prevents sticking and makes it easier to put on your hands. However, this talcum powder wears off after a few uses and the inside of the glove can become sticky.

The material of rubber gloves degrades over time, causing the glove’s surface to become sticky and cracked. Storing in a warm and sunny place speeds up this process. In addition, rubber gloves often come into contact with oils during washing, which contributes to the degradation process.

Can you fix sticky rubber gloves?

If the gloves are sticky because you didn’t clean them thoroughly the last time you used them, washing them with dish soap can help. The stickiness of the inside of the glove can be remedied by adding talcum powder.

If the dishwashing gloves have become sticky because their material has aged and started to deteriorate, then unfortunately they cannot be repaired and it is time to get a new pair.


How do you keep dish gloves clean and dry?

You can extend the life of your dishwashing gloves by keeping them clean and storing them correctly after use. After you’re done with the dishes, wash any dish soap and food residue off your gloves under clean, running water. Then wipe the outer surface of the gloves with a paper towel before taking them off.

It is best to hang rubber kitchen gloves to dry after use. By storing the gloves in a dry, cool, and well-ventilated place, we can prevent the appearance of mold and the growth of bacteria. Since the rubber material decomposes faster due to heat, keep it away from direct heat sources and sunlight. In summer, you can even store your dishwashing gloves in the fridge when not in use.

Some people put rubber dishwashing gloves in their dishwashers for a thorough cleaning. However, this can shorten the life of the glove, as it can begin to decompose faster due to the hot water cycle and harsh detergent. Silicone gloves are an exception, as they are much more resistant than other types.

What are dishwashing gloves made of?

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1. Latex

A common raw material used for rubber gloves is latex. There is also organic and natural latex, which is made from the sap of the rubber tree and is biodegradable. However, latex can also be synthetic, which contains petroleum derivatives and is therefore not eco-friendly.

The advantage of latex gloves is that they are resistant to many chemicals, such as acids. Since water does not seep through them, they provide adequate protection for people with sensitive skin. The biggest disadvantage of latex is that it can cause severe allergic symptoms in sensitive people.


2. Nitrile

Nitrile is a type of synthetic rubber, and gloves made from it offer a good alternative for people allergic to latex. Nitrile gloves are more durable than latex gloves so we can use them longer.

3. Silicone

Silicone dishwashing gloves are the best choice in my opinion. They are easy to clean and dishwasher safe as they can withstand heat up to 320°F/160°C. Some silicone gloves also have a scrubber on the entire surface of the palm and fingers, which can replace unhygienic dish sponges and dishcloths.

Silicone household gloves retain their quality longer than other rubber gloves, so you don’t have to change them often. They are not damaged by sunlight and are resistant to many harsh chemicals. Food-grade silicone is not toxic to our health or the environment. It is not biodegradable, but it can be recycled.

4. Vinyl

Vinyl gloves are made of PVC, which is a synthetic material. But since vinyl gloves are the cheapest to produce, they are the most common on the market.

Vinyl gloves are safe for people allergic to latex, but the material is not very strong and only partially waterproof. The biggest disadvantage of vinyl is that it is not biodegradable and not environmentally friendly.

How rubber gloves were invented

What are the pros and cons of using rubber gloves for washing dishes?

Pros Cons
Washing gloves keep our hands and nails clean.The majority of rubber gloves are not made of eco-friendly materials.
They also protect our skin from harsh cleaning agents.Gloves can become slippery from dish soap and greasy dishes.
You can wash with hotter water if you are wearing gloves.Some materials, especially latex, can cause an allergic reaction in sensitive people.
Pros & Cons of Dishwasihg Gloves

Final thoughts

So, rubber gloves become sticky because the material ages and undergo physical and chemical changes. Improper storage conditions can accelerate the rubber degradation process and stickiness will occur more quickly.


We can extend the life of our dishwashing gloves by thoroughly washing and drying them after use, and then storing them in a cool, dry, ventilated place. Some rubber gloves become sticky inside after just a few uses, which can be remedied by coating them with talcum powder.



My name is Debora, the founder of My Delicious Sweets, and a qualified confectioner with broad experience in the confectionery industry. On my blog, I will share important, interesting, and fun facts about food, along with some of my favorite recipes.

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