Product Type: Tesco household products
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Rubbering me up the right way (groan)
Tesco Value Household Rubber Gloves
Member Name: Dryad
Tesco Value Household Rubber Gloves
Advantages: Cheap, not too heavily 'flocked' inside
Disadvantages: Cuffs a bit short
As you may have picked up from some earlier reviews if you've read them our house is infested with a plethora of pets. This means that apart from the usual household tasks there is always something disgusting to clean up, whether it be fairly lightly soiled litter tray, hamster cage base or icky accidents which have been thoroughly mashed into the carpet. Apart from keeping my fairly sensitive slightly eczema prone skin away from harsh detergents protective gloves are an essential in cleaning up hygienically. Because of this I started buying cheap gloves that should I be too grossed out to disinfect the gloves and use them again I could simply throw them away. I have tried a big box of thin latex gloves in this function, but they don't allow me to submerge my hands into very hot water should I need to without yelping, and the cuffs are too short. Tesco Value Household Rubber Gloves are ideal for this purpose, .
The pack contains two pairs of gloves for (at time of writing) only 47p! I keep one pair in a plastic box under the sink, disinfected after use for the above mentioned icky stuff, the other pair are used for the usual household chores such as washing up etc. I have taken to marking the icky pair with bright red indelible marker with the subtle word poo on the back of each hand (though thankfully that is not always what they have to clean up, sometimes it's just a swish of the peddle bin). I've taken this measure as one memorable Sunday I found the husband merrily washing up with the icky pair on. I knew they had to be the poisonous pair as they were missing from their box, and I knew I'd holed my 'dishes' pair and had yet to replace them.
When I first bought these it was with the idea of using them almost as disposable gloves for reasons already gone into in way too much detail, and perhaps light but dirty housework that I wouldn't want to wash the dishes after doing, such as washing windows, and outdoor chores. However I found them pretty good and they soon found their way into my everyday household use.
They are like most cheap gloves thinner than branded names such as Marigold and they don't have that sort of business like feel when you put them on. Marigolds seem to hold a sort of gravitas in their rubbery styling, which lets the dishes know you mean business. After using own brand gloves from the Co-op and local bits and bobs store I was expecting these to slip, not fit properly and discolour at the drop of a hat. I'm pleased to say none of these things were true. They don't have quite the grip of the more expensive brand but nor are they super slippery, the fit too is very good, I don't find the fingers too long or short nor the palm kind of baggy on my hand which I've sometimes find with even the expensive brands. In fact they almost feel as if I'm slipping on a comfortable pair of latex gloves, the sensitivity through the fabric is good though not quite like latex in use.
I take a smallish size as even though my bum could cause an eclipse in the right circumstances my hands are quite petite, dainty even (how I wish it was the other way around), so I wonder if this could mean that if you have tiny or larger hands the fit may not be quite as good, as I don't think that these come in different sizes. Though if the husband can force his meaty fists into them I'd say almost anyone could get their hands in, as they seem to have a little bit of comfortable stretch in them which other brands sometimes fail to give.
These gloves don't come with the posh 'roll top' that marigolds etc do, but I don't find this a problem as I find the rolled margin can come away from your gloves tearing them if you yank them on a bit too firmly (once you've had them a while). I find these gloves comfortable and easy to pull on and off, and they haven't torn at the top edge yet as some cheaper brands can do, in lieu of the roll top coming away.
One thing I do find them a little skimpy on is cuff length, which means I have to be careful about sloshing water into the gloves, as If I do it negates the purpose of wearing protective gloves and leaves me with soggy fingers. I'm used to the cuff length now though so not as much of a problem as it could be.
The inside of these gloves isn't heavily 'flocked' which I like, as some gloves are too heavily lined for my liking, I hate that faux velvety feel and it usually rubs off and balls up in the fingertip yuck. However there is a subtle layer in the Tesco ones that is very dry and allows you to slip the gloves on more easily and stops your gloves getting slippery if your hands perspire.
I presumed that because they were thin that you would feel hot water more intensely through the material, well you do a little bit, but not half as much as I expected, and they quite favourably comparable to more expensive brands in this respect.
For the price I find they last really well, they are used with a whole range of household cleaners and I haven't noticed that they perish more quickly than other gloves during exposure to all this. Though like any rubber they will perish more quickly if used with mineral oil or petroleum based products. They do give a little more easily to sharp pointy things but not to the extent that makes them difficult to use when washing up a whole load of pointy prongy things. My marigolds always ended up with little splits and holes in too so I don't think these are bad in comparison.
You're instructed to: Keep away from direct sunlight (clearly vampire gloves), store away from heat and moisture, and are told to rinse and dab dry after use. Some of these things I do, some I don't, I rinse (in neat bleach then water) and dab dry the icky pair, and store under the sink (inadertantly away from that perishing sunlight). The everyday pair are lucky if they get put down the right way out, I'm always blowing gloves up like a balloon to turn them the right way out before putting them back on. My gloves in general (not just the Tesco brand) are hard working and they never last long enough to worry about perishing anyway.
In conclusion in my opinion these are a real bargain, they are comfortable, and quite long lasting, they don't have the same polished look of a more expensive pair but do the job surprisingly well.
*If you have a rubber allergy these of course will set it off despite the light flocking.
Summary: A decent cheap pair of rubber gloves.