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We keep boxes of latex gloves around the shop because they’re great for keeping grime and crap from getting ground into your skin and fingernails. (Just be careful of heat sources. Get latex gloves too close to a hot exhaust header once and you’ll never do it again.) I also keep a pair or two in the car — at least when I remember to replace them — to facilitate quick (and clean) repairs on the side of the road. But packaging them in a dispenser like WetWipes seems like an even better idea. These are a whopping $4.25 at Northern Tool. I’m going to grab a can or two.

What other quick solutions do Toolmongers use for grime-free hands in the shop or vehicle?

Latex Gloves in a Can [Northern Tool]


6 Responses to Latex Gloves To Go

  1. rg says:

    Our shop at work has boxes of nitrile gloves around. Every once in a while I’ll take a couple of pairs home with me. I usually re-use them a few times before they get thrown out. Nitrile is definitely better than latex with solvents, and you can get them without powder, which is messy when your hands start to sweat.

  2. Mrten says:

    nitrile is better in that you won’t be allergic to it after a few years of using it. google ‘latex allergy’.

  3. Old Tool Guy says:

    I like to use nitrile gloves when cleaning fish and game; cheaper and much longer lasting than the Coglan’s and other cheesy gloves you purchase in a sporting goods store.

    Another quick tip: save the rolls of paper towels from the kitchen when they get down to 1/4″ of towels left on the roll. You can then flatten the roll and it will slide under a seat or into a corner, and you are ready to wrap a greasy part, wipe off your hands, etc. I also like to use paper towels for a temporary floor mat if I end up getting into the truck with muddy feet.

    One more: lots of businesses give away 1 to 3 oz. bottles of hand sanitizer with their logo on the bottle. While the actual ability of the substance inside to sanitize is questionable, it does a pretty good job of taking the top layer of grease or crud off your hands if you get dirty when checking the oil, etc.

  4. Ian Random says:

    I tried to use latex gloves for automotive work, but I always rip them around my index finger. Anyway, I heard a lady mechanic say that the secret to easily remove grease and grim, is to wipe your hands with hand cleaner before hand.

    • rob says:

      you can get stuff called pr88 meant for that very thing put it on first then everything washes off with water later

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