There’s just about 2 weeks to the Chinese New Year and for those of us who haven’t been diligent about keeping house, this is the time we go into a little frenzy spring-cleaning. Out with the old, in with the new! Out goes the cobwebs and dust and disorder, in comes good fortune and prosperity and an orderly life. At least, that’s the idea
I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that we should wear gloves when doing the household chores.
Strange beauty tip you think? Not quite.
I thought about this because I noticed that my SIL doesn’t wear gloves when doing the washing up of dishes despite me nagging her at it and supplying her with gloves. I didn’t use to either, if I’m to be honest, but all that changed when I realised that my hands have the most sensitive skin ever, and a good friend who not only plys me with gifts of beauty, sent me some Hygiene Plus Silktouch vinyl, non latex gloves. Fan for life!
Do you wear gloves when doing household chores? Do you have a favourite pair or brand?
The thing about detergents and cleaning solutions is that no matter how mild they claim to be, they can be very drying and corrosive to our hands. Even if you think you have tough elephant skin for hands, if you’re working with dust, it can irritate skin too and cause lots of problems.
In my case, I’ve realised that my hands are very sensitive to detergents. So anything from laundry detergent to dishwashing liquid or sometimes, even shampoo (!!) can cause the skin of my hands to dry out and peel and this going on for WEEKS! No amount of hand cream helps if I’m careless. I seriously look like I’m molting. Not a pleasant sight!
The other thing is that if I work with dusty areas, my hands too start feeling itchy and develop rashes sometimes. So the best thing to do is slip on a pair of gloves and go at your chores. It protects your hands from detergents and dust and keeps them soft and smooth
My gloves of choice are the Silktouch gloves from Hygiene Plus that I get from Australia. I’ve never seen them locally, nor a similar version. These are non-latex vinyl gloves that are thin yet strong with reinforced finger tips, feel oh so comfortable to wear and best of all, do not leave that horrid rubber smell on fingers!
I’m not allergic to latex, but I hate the smell of rubber gloves so after being introduced to these, I don’t use any other. I found these at Woolworth’s at Westfield Doncaster for just a little over AU$1.xx and my friend tells me she sees it at some Safeway and Woolworth’s stores but not all. It can’t be found in Cole’s and we have no idea why. The other option of course, is disposable plastic or rubber gloves but I hate how those feel!
The Silktouch gloves in S come in pink and fit my small hands very well so it’s easy to work with. Don’t you just hate it when they make the fingers too long and there’s all this empty space at the tips? I can never work properly with those on. These are very long lasting too and unless I accidentally poke them with a kinfe (as I did my last pair) they don’t break down nor leak the way rubber gloves do, so 1 pair can last me a very long time with proper care. As I said, I’m a fan for life and these are all I ever really want whenever anyone returns from Australia
Do you wear gloves when you do household chores? Do you have a favourite brand or have you seen any non-latex gloves available locally?
If anyone has seen similar types of gloves locally, please let me know. For now, I have them shipped in. I know, crazy but hey, I do my own housework and I still have soft, non calloused hands (ahem! ahem! ) so I must be doing something right eh?