Construction – There’s a fine line between cleaning gloves that are thick enough to protect skin from irritants and hot water, and thin enough to ensure you can feel the tactile sensations necessary for safety and practicality. Our testers wore these cleaning gloves and tried everything from using washcloths to spray bottles, mops to paint rollers, sponges, scrapers, and scissors. In addition, the sleeves of an effective cleaning glove need to be long enough to really protect our skin and clothes. Longer gloves can provide additional reach, and when folded back, catch dripping water or other substances to avoid injury or staining.
Fit – Because we wear cleaning gloves for so many projects around the house and yard, it’s important that they’re comfortable. Aside from the size, the cut of the gloves matters, too. They need to be roomy enough for our hands to move easily but snug enough for us to maintain our grip during washing, rinsing, scrubbing, wiping, and more. Our testers considered whether the fingers of the gloves were long enough or too long, whether the width of the fingers was sufficient, and whether the glove tapered from hand to wrist with enough room for a normal range of motion.
Durability – A good pair of cleaning gloves will stand up to frequent use without a rapid decline in quality or performance. They’ll also be effective in a variety of cleaning scenarios, from simple dishwashing to more strident tasks like scrubbing tile and grout, cleaning an oven, or wiping down lawn furniture. Many of us probably hang onto our cleaning gloves for too long, and that risks a breakdown of the plastic. Gloves used for an extended period of time or stored improperly can also become a haven for mold and mildew. Small holes or tears can allow leaks of hot water or cleaning chemicals, the very things cleaning gloves are worn to avoid