Does Oil Dissolve Rubber Gloves?

When oils are used, nitrile gloves can substitute for latex rubber gloves.
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Wearing gloves keeps your hands safe while keeping others safe from your hands. Natural rubber latex (NRL) gloves are commonly used in heath, beauty, food preparation and industrial fields. For medical practices, they provide an excellent barrier against blood and other substances that may carry infection. NRL gloves also protect against many chemicals and eliminate the risk of food contamination. However, they are not indestructible.

Avoid Oil

NRL gloves break down when they come into contact with oil. For example, some professions use oil-based products for cleaning tasks. Inside the gloves, oil-based hand cream also poses a risk when it is applied and gloves are donned. Gloves become sticky and misshapen, and they no longer provide a protective barrier.

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