The One Thing You Should Do with Dish Gloves Before You Toss Them

updated Feb 20, 2020
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Credit: Joe Lingeman

First things first: If you aren’t already a wearer of dish gloves when you hand-wash dishes, I’d like to convince you to become one. Dish gloves help you hold onto slippery items, withstand hot water temps, extend the lifetime of a manicure, and more. Perhaps most importantly: No direct contact with that gross build-up of soggy scraps in your drain catcher! They’re so handy! (See what I did there?)

Recently, though, I learned about a way to get even more mileage out of a pair of dish gloves — one that solves a common problem I have in my kitchen. 

As a rule of thumb (I honestly can’t stop with the glove-related puns!), it’s a good idea to replace dish gloves every few months, or as soon as they become weathered or torn. But before you throw those bad boys away, grab your scissors and cut a large square or circle from them. (I find the palm part is nice for a circle and the upper arm portion if you’re cutting out a square.)

Boom! You just made a jar opener, your solution for opening all the stubborn almond butter or jam jars that come your way. 

Credit: Lisa Freedman

I love this so much because it’s a little way to get just a bit more mileage out of something. While you probably don’t need a whole stack of jar openers and won’t need to cut up your gloves every single time you have to toss a pair, you can do it every once in a while, whenever your current jar opener is getting a little ratty.

No rubber gloves around? Really, any kind of rubber should work: try a thick rubber band or a scrap of rubber shelf liner.

Do you use dish gloves when you hand-wash dishes? Why or why not?