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I have problems when it comes to washing up. Even though we have a dishwasher, there are some things that you need to wash by hand and therein lies the problem. I have very sensitive skin, so need to use rubber gloves BUT...I am allergic to latex, so normal rubber gloves are no good for me.
Bizzybee gloves solved my problem, because as well as the usual latex gloves, they also make non-latex gloves. These are lovely to use, unlined as well (flock linings also set my skin itching) and are hardwaring. The gloves come in a various sizes, from small to large and are suitable for most household jobs.
My only problem with these gloves is that the non-latex ones are not always easy to come by. Some supermarkets sell the medium-sized ones, but I cannot get large sizes anywhere locally.
All the rest of the Bizzybee range of gloves are readily available in supermarkets and cost about £1.52 for latex gloves and £2.02 for non-latex.
I honestly don't know what I'd do without my Bizzybee gloves, other than get someone else to wash up that is!
I'm working on that though!!!
We do not own a dishwasher, as both my husband and I grew up in houses that didn't have dishwashers, and so both of us were always used to doing the washing up. My husband is the chief washer in the house, although this is usually because I am cleaning up the rest of the kitchen at the time, but I will also do the washing up as well.
When we first got married, I purchased general washing up gloves for using, however after a few months we realised that these gloves did not agree with either of us, and was having a harmful affect on our skin. Both my husband and myself would have sensitive skin. So whilst looking for an alternative, I came across these Bizzybee gloves, which when I first started buying them were called Satin Touch, but the brand has since been remodelled.
A pack of two gloves will cost around £1.50 in the likes of Tesco. They come in sizes medium and large and although I always buy large for my husband, I have to say that they fit me well too, and so I would never choose the medium size. If you are unsure of the size you will need, there is a measurement guide on the back of the pack, where you can place you hand to get an idea of which is more suitable. This is a rough guide however. The reason I chose these gloves was that they are firstly 'unlined' and secondly are designed for those with 'sensitive skin'. I don't think they are much more expensive that the ordinary brand of washing up gloves, unless you are buying the value brand.
These gloves do stand out on the shelf in the supermarket, particularly due to the bright eye catching bee logo, and bright blue and green colours. On the reverse of the pack, the company also claim that on top of its benefits to those with sensitive skin, their gloves are designed to give a more comfortable fit on your hand. I can't really say I notice anything special in that regard, but they are perfectly comfortable when on. There is also advice on the back of the packaging about looking after your gloves by rinsing and dabbing dry after use, and also guidance as to the benefits of wearing gloves on your hands and nails.
We use these gloves primarily for washing dishes, and a cheap brand for cleaning, as they are not on as regularly when cleaning the house and therefore not seem to have the same effect on the skin. There is one major flaw with these gloves however, and it is has happened so many times, that I don't believe it is by chance. The thumb of the right hand glove always slits after a couple of months of use, and I find this extremly strange, as both my husband and I are right handed and therefore we tend to use the scrubbing brush to clean the dishes with our right hand and hold the dirty utensil with the left, so nothing sharp should be coming in contact with the right hand glove. It is always in the same position however, and I am starting to wonder is it a permanent design flaw. That has only ever been the reason we have had to buy a new set of these gloves, as nothing else has ever went wrong with them, just that one place, which unfortunately lets in water them, and kind of defeats the purpose of using gloves. In saying that, we have both found these gloves to protect our skin and they really are gently on sensitive skin, so I will continue to purchase them.
All in all, these are an ideal washing up or cleaning glove for those with sensitive skin, who may get affected by the lining of ordinary gloves. However, the big flaw is that the right hand thumb of the glove always ends up getting pierced or slit, and renders the one glove useless after a couple of months and requires new gloves to be bought. For me however the benefits of being kind to my skin outweigh this negative, but it is something that the company should look carefully at!