Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen


The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where countless good times are shared over family dinners and where important conversations often take place as meals are prepared.  We cook, eat, entertain, and just hang out in the kitchen.  The kitchen is not only the heart of the home it is also the mission control for a lot of home tasks.  Home tasks require the right tools to complete the job. In fact, disposable gloves are ideal for many home use tasks, especially in the kitchen. Beyond cleaning tasks, consider these surprising tips for using disposable gloves in the kitchen.

 

Stop the Burn

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

Disposable gloves in the kitchen are a smart way to protect your hands from burning when cutting Jalapeños or any hot peppers. Most people associate jalapeño peppers with the burning sensation in the mouth when eating the pepper. However, just as unpleasant is the jalapeño skin burn that you can get from simply touching the pepper during food preparation. The burn from jalapeño pepper is caused by the chemical capsaicin that is naturally found in the pepper.  Food-safe disposable gloves such as AMMEX GlovePlus Vinyl Powdered Gloves creates a barrier of protection, stopping the burn before it starts.  Vinyl is ideal for safety and hygiene for a variety of kitchen tasks. Featuring powder on the inside of the glove, and a beaded cuff at the base, this glove is easy to don, even if your hands are damp. The powder makes the glove more comfortable, and will absorb sweat when you’re working in the kitchen.

 

Separating the Yolk

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

Separating an egg yolk from the white is one of the most universally dreaded kitchen tasks out there. Most cooks prefer using their hands or the egg’s own shell to separate them. For those who don’t like getting messy, and want to practice safe food handling, wearing disposable gloves such as AMMEX GPX3 Vinyl is the perfect solution.  This single-use vinyl glove features a smooth polymer coating, so it is easy to switch gloves when you need a fresh pair.  Not only is vinyl cheaper than latex and nitrile, but it features a more generous fit because vinyl is less stretchy. The PVC vinyl material also features excellent tactile sensitivity and is ideal for food tasks in the kitchen. 

 

Toss the Salad

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

Another surprising tip for using disposable gloves in the kitchen is for salad tossing.  Most chefs will agree that the best tool you can use for mixing salad is your hands. Using disposable gloves such as AMMEX Stretch Poly in the kitchen makes food preparation less messy and safer for you and your family. Using your gloved hands to toss the salad allows air to get into the mix and incorporates the ingredients in a more distributed way. Drizzle your dressing along the walls of your bowl, then lightly toss your greens with your gloved hands, until the dressing is evenly distributed. This glove has enhanced elasticity. The stretch polyethylene material will give you excellent dexterity and also improved puncture resistance when compared to other poly gloves. There’s no powder inside the gloves so you don’t have to worry about messy powder residue and there’s no need to wash your hands after your food prep is done!

 

Guard Against Strong Food Odors

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

Onions, garlic and seafood are a few good reasons to don disposable gloves in the kitchen. Sometimes after handling these foods, even multiple hand washing will not remove lingering food odors from hands.  GlovePlus Blue Vinyl is an ideal disposable glove choice when handling food with strong odors. Vinyl gloves contain no latex proteins, so those allergic or sensitive to latex can work safely and comfortably. In work environments, they are commonly used for food service, janitorial, and plumbing applications – making these vinyl gloves a general purpose disposable glove at work and home.

 

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Disposable gloves are an essential tool in the kitchen, especially when it comes to opening tight lids on jars.  Nitrile gloves such as  AMMEX Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Disposable Gloves feature, 60% more surface area than a standard nitrile glove and over 3000 raised diamonds per glove for incredible grip!  Lightly grab hold of the lid and twist, the disposable glove gives you more gripping power and will open the lid with ease.  This heavy duty nitrile glove also features excellent chemical resistance from common chemicals and is ideal for cleaning jobs in the kitchen when exposure to cleaning products is of concern.

Barrier Protection from Foodbourne Illness

Surprising Tips for Using Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen

These surprising tips for using disposable gloves in the kitchen, not only save time and minimize messy tasks they also provide a barrier of protection from foodbourne illness.  According to the CDC, there are more than 250 different foodborne illnesses. Each year, one in six Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages.  Foodborne illness is a common, yet preventable, health problem. Keep a 100 box count of disposable gloves in your kitchen drawer, such as AMMEX AntiMicrobial Vinyl Gloves which contains an antimicrobial agent to help inhibit the growth of microorganisms. It is powder-free so it leaves no residue, reducing the risk of contamination compared to a powdered glove. Disposable gloves help prevent foodbourne illness and help make clean up a snap.

Regardless of your tasks at home, having a box of disposable gloves on hand in the kitchen is sure to make food preparation safer, cleaner and quicker.  When choosing the right glove for the right job in the kitchen make sure that the gloves are deemed food safe.  If latex allergies are of concern then nitrile, vinyl or poly disposable gloves are alternative choices, since they contain no allergy causing natural rubber.  For all of your disposable glove needs in the kitchen and around the home, count on AMMEX disposable gloves and barrier protection products.

 

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A Spooktacular Halloween with Disposable Gloves


Halloween is upon us, and disposable gloves should be as much of a staple as candy is in stores and households. Gloves have many applications on Allhallows Eve ranging from decorations to costumes.

Here are a few ways to use gloves for a fun and spooky Halloween:

Give homemade costumes more pizzazz
Whether for the sake of creativity or cost savings, many people like to make costumes for themselves or their children. Picking up a few items from a local thrift shop lends to the basic parts of many costumes, and disposable gloves serve as the icing on the cake.  For instance, no werewolf, witch or zombie costume is complete without creepy hands. Add claws by attaching glue-on false nails and apply paint or fake hair. To craft a costume inspired by the 1944 classic The Mummy’s Curse, use glue to wrap the glove in strips of white cloth.

For those who prefer to go heroic rather than frightening on Halloween, disposable gloves are perfect for a homemade superhero costume, especially AMMEX’s Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile gloves. The raised-diamond texture provides superior grip for grabbing candy, and the high-visibility color is perfect for maintaining safety while trick-or-treating after sundown.

Jazz up the party snacks
In addition to the door-to-door hunt for candy, many people will find themselves at parties this Halloween. If hosts want more creep factor for their drinks, they should grab a disposable glove. Simply fill the glove with water or flavored drink and freeze. Remove the glove once the liquid is frozen and add to the punch bowl for a chilling beverage.  Create an eerie snack for guests by putting one candy corn or Hershey kiss in each finger of a disposable glove. Fill the rest of the glove with popcorn and tie off the wrist opening for a monster hand treat.

“Disposable gloves are perfect formers for Halloween decorations.  Also, keep a few of the extra gloves handy for food prep and distribution. Poly gloves are great for this task if you need to switch gloves often.”

Create creeptacular decorations

What Halloween gathering is complete without decorations?

Disposable gloves are perfect formers for more than a way to chill drinks. For spine-tingling lighting, make a few hand-shaped candles. Simply fill the glove with hot beeswax, peel the glove away once the wax hardens and add wicks. If there are any extra gloves and cloth left over from the mummy costume, use these materials for decoration. Use cotton balls or another filler to make mummy hands to display around the house.

Play it safe while decorating

Costumes are not the only aspect of Halloween that people like to make by hand. Many consumers like to handcraft decorations for their homes or businesses. Whether wood cut outs or milk jug jack-o’-lanterns, decorators need to worry about safety as much as creativity.  Spray paint, for example, is useful for applying the iconic orange and black to decorations. With gloves, artists ensure the paint goes on their projects and not their hands. The same is true for wood stains, which contain chemicals that may be harmful to skin after prolonged use.

While ghosts, ghouls and goblins may present a fright this Halloween, harsh chemicals, bloodborne pathogens, foodborne illnesses and other risks are no match for the right barrier protection.

 

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Summer Cookout Tips


Summer is in full swing, which means people around the country are firing up the grill for barbecues. Whether you like to cook out for weekday dinners or host backyard parties during the summer, proper food safety is crucial. Here are some tips for cooking out this summer:

Meat Handling Tips
Meat is one of the most popular types of grilled food, whether it is burgers, hot dogs, ribs, steaks or shish kabobs. Raw meats sometimes have hazardous bacteria, and the juices may contaminate cooked foods, so it is important to use separate plates for raw and cooked items. Maintaining a proper temperature for meat is essential as well. All raw meet should be refrigerated or frozen as soon as you bring it home from the store, and you need to know the correct internal temperatures for the food you are making. Storing raw meat at 40 degrees or less prevents bacteria growth.

It is also important to ensure meat packaging does not have any tears or leaks because it could contaminate other food in the fridge. Additionally, use a meat thermometer to be sure meat reaches the appropriate temperature for consumption when grilling food.To further reduce the risks of cross-contamination, handle uncooked meat with disposable gloves. Vinyl, nitrile or latex gloves are all suitable for food preparation. In addition, antimicrobial vinyl gloves are one of the best choices for food preparation because they are meant to be changed frequently. Be sure not to touch cooked items with gloves that have handled raw meat because this may spread bacteria.

Jalapeños and Hot Peppers
For those who enjoy spicy foods in the summer, safe handling of peppers is crucial. A pepper’s heat comes from the amount of capsaicin in the particular variety. While peppers add delicious spice to marinades and foods, hot peppers may burn the hands or eyes if you handle them without gloves. The seeds and veins are what gives peppers their heat, and cutting them without gloves may irritate the skin. If you accidentally rub your eyes without washing your hands, you may cause further irritation. Considering higher concentrations of capsaicin , are used as a pesticide it is important to handle peppers of any heat with care.

While jalapeños are fairly mild combined to other types of peppers, cutting up a large amount of them may expose you to a great deal of capsaicin. For peppers higher on the heat index such as chilies and ghost peppers, a single pepper has the potential to cause irritation. Because of the potential for contact dermatitis, peppers of all heat levels should be handled with gloves.

Latex gloves are a suitable choice as long as neither you nor your guests are allergic to latex. If anyone has a latex sensitivity, nitrile gloves may be a better choice. After cutting peppers, it is important to properly wash all cutting boards, knives and bowls. Dispose of the gloves carefully to avoid coming into contact with capsaicin.

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Get Dad Gloves for Father’s Day


It often feels challenging to find the perfect Father’s Day gift, especially when it seems like you father already has everything. If you are tired of buying your dad a new tie every year, consider a gift that supports his hobbies. What does Dad need to pursue his favorite activities?

Automotive
If your father loves tinkering around under the hood of a classic car, high-quality disposable nitrile gloves make a perfect gift for Dad’s favorite hobby. AMMEX’s Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Gloves are a perfect addition for Dad’s garage because they are well-suited to automotive applications. Not only are nitrile gloves resistant to a variety of common engine chemicals, such as hydraulic fluids and antifreeze, but they are also highly resistant to punctures. Nitrile gloves provide protection from gasoline as well.In particular, orange nitrile gloves are ideal for automotive work because the bright color helps people be more aware of where their hands are in dark spaces. If you are getting Dad other automotive equipment, disposable nitrile gloves make a perfect complement.

Gardening
Does Dad have a green thumb? High-quality leather work gloves are great for spending time in the garden. AMMEX’s split cowhide gloves with a starched cuff will protect Dad’s hands from thorns and blistering, allowing him to spend quality time in the garden without scuffs and scrapes.

Building and woodworking
If your dad enjoys working with his hands in his workshop, split cowhide gloves with a rubberized cuff are a great gift. These gloves may be better suited for heavy-duty applications because the rubberized cuff helps the gloves adhere to the wrists, and they have a fleece-lined palm to keep the hands warm while working outside.

Depending on your dad’s favorite hobbies, the right work gloves make an excellent Father’s Day present. Contact AMMEX to learn more.

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Not without Gloves: Wood stains


Wood stains come in a variety of compositions and consistencies. Some are semi-transparent, and others are intended to create a thick coating over the wood. Because of the variety of products on the market, specific stains may have multiple hazardous chemicals in them. Here are some chemicals commonly found in wood stains and effective disposable gloves for each:

Ethylene glycol
Although many wood stains are water-based, they still contain a small percentage of a solvent, such as ethylene glycol. This chemical is poorly absorbed through the skin, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control still recommends chemical-resistant gloves for handling ethylene glycol. For ethylene glycol in its liquid form, vinyl, nitrile and latex gloves all provide protection. In the solvent’s ether form, latex and nitrile gloves may be used for a limited time. On-site testing should always be conducted to determine the safe handling time for a particular solution.

Sodium hydroxide
Sodium hydroxide is a corrosive with the potential to cause burns on any tissue it comes into contact with. Chemical burns may even lead to deep tissue damage, so this chemical should always be handled with care. Solutions of sodium hydroxide with up to a 50 percent concentration may be safely handled with latex, nitrile or vinyl gloves.

Mineral spirits are hydrocarbons commonly found in wood stains, paints and paint thinners. Direct contact with mineral spirits causes skin burns, irritation and even necrosis. Nitrile gloves offer protection for safe handling of mineral spirit concentrations of up to 100 percent.

Ethyl alcohol
Ethyl alcohol is most commonly found in alcoholic beverages, and it is also used as a solvent and to manufacture other chemicals. Ethyl alcohol is flammable, and high concentrations may irritate the skin or cause redness or dryness. For wood stains containing ethyl alcohol, latex and nitrile gloves are well suited for application. Vinyl gloves may be used for a limited time.

Latex
Some film finishes are latex-based for a more solid finish and better color retention than other stains but adds risks for people with latex sensitivities. Nitrile gloves are suitable for people with latex sensitivities or allergies, and these gloves provide superior chemical resistance for many different compounds.

1,4-Dioxane
1,4-dioxane is a chemical found in wood stains and a suspected carcinogen that may also cause skin irritation. Latex and vinyl gloves may be used for a limited time for protection from 1,4-dioxane.

 

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It’s Time to Suit Up for Spring Cleaning


Dust bunnies, grime and clutter accumulate throughout winter, and it is time to attack these issues head on now that the weather has improved to allow for open windows. However, before you get started with eradicating the messes around your house, you must acquire the right gear for the job.

Your wash bucket will be full of cleaners, rags, scrub brushes and other items to give your home a new shine for spring. Do not forget to grab the appropriate attire as well. Before you start cleaning, slip on a pair of disposable gloves to protect your skin. You may think there are not any serious consequences from touching cleaners and old dirt, but the opposite is true.

In fact, there are a number of items you should not touch without wearing gloves. Here are a few:

“Bleach is corrosive to your skin.”

Bleach
In addition to making your white clothes whiter, bleach also serves as a cleaning and disinfecting agent. Whether you are pouring a little into your dishwater or a bucket for mopping the floor, bleach is a useful substance to have on hand. Yet you must use it in moderation. If you use too much, getting a headache from the smell is not the only risk you face.

Bleach is a mixture of water and sodium hypochlorite that comes in various concentrations. Because sodium hypochlorite is an oxidizing agent, it is corrosive to your skin. Low concentrations may not produce noticeable effects, but higher concentrations or continuous exposure to low concentrations could lead to reactions that include skin irritation, burning and itching.

Even if you are using bleach for only a short amount of time, wear a pair of gloves. Nitrile gloves, for instance, are the best option for chemical resistance.

Detergents
These substances come into play when you are washing dishes, mopping, washing your car, cleaning your home’s windows and for other uses.

Most detergents are mild but over time, the effects are more serious than pruney skin. These substances dry out your skin and will lead to irritation following prolonged contact. Grab a pair of gloves before you wash your car, mop your floor or tackle the tower of dishes piling up by your sink.

Mold
Mold is a problem in many homes. Often, the presence of mold goes undetected because it grows unbeknownst to homeowners – hiding behind walls and in dark corners of attics and basements. If your home has moisture, leaks or flooding issues, you likely have mold growing somewhere in the property.

During winter, your risk for mold may increase. One of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality and minimize mold is to keep your windows open, especially when you shower and the steam causes moisture to accumulate in the bathroom. However, with the cold weather, your windows are closed for a few months. If you have not been using your exhaust fan – or your bathroom doesn’t have one – your bathroom may develop mold.

For significant mold growth, you must contact professionals to take care of the removal, but for small patches, it is safe to handle the cleaning yourself. Wear gloves when cleaning mold. Not only are there health issues that arise if you touch mold with your bare hands, including skin irritation, but also you need to protect your hands from the detergent or bleach you use to clean the mold. Furthermore, wear an N95-rated mask to avoid breathing in mold spores.

“Disposable gloves protect your hands from harsh chemicals, mold and pathogens while you clean.”

Animals
Due to the cold temperatures, small animals may have burrowed into your house or garage to find a warm place to live. While many of the animals will venture back out into the world once the weather becomes warmer, some will not have survived.

If you come across dead mice, rats or other animals, do not touch them with your bare hands. Also, wear gloves when cleaning the areas where you found these creatures. Many rodents carry pathogens, such as hantavirus, which spread through rodent droppings. That’s why it’s important to wear gloves and a mask. You must stay healthy to tackle all of your other spring cleaning chores.

These are just a few situations when you should wear gloves while cleaning your house to prepare for spring, and there is nothing wrong with putting gloves on for other purposes. Maybe you just want to feel like a superhero while you clean.

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Are you Ready for Spring Cleaning?


As temperatures begin to rise across the country, many Americans are ready to throw open their windows and rid their residences of stale air and old dust that accumulated during winter.

Kate Strauss, president of Grand Forks, North Dakota-based cleaning service Maid Simple, told Inforum getting your supplies together is the first step to starting spring cleaning, which means you need a fresh supply of disposable gloves. Before using chemicals and harsh detergents, removing mold or tossing out that mystery container of food at the back of your fridge, safeguard yourself with the right barrier protection.

This is particularly important if you risk coming across rodent droppings while cleaning. In Washington, for instance, state health officials warned residents to be careful if they encounter signs of rodents while cleaning, as these small animals carry hantavirus and other diseases, The Associated Press reported. Spring cleaning is a high-risk activity for hantavirus because many people unknowingly stumble upon infected surfaces.

To protect yourself – and your family or community if you are conducting a team effort – from harmful bacteria and contact with harsh cleaning solutions, make sure your cleaning supply bucket has ample disposable gloves.

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Stock up for Super Bowl XLIX


Super Bowl XLIX is approaching, and while the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will provide the spectacle on the field, what about the one in the stands at University of Phoenix Stadium? How about the scenes in bars, restaurants and other venues across the country?

While players will be showing off on the field, hundreds of millions of people will be watching the game with a hot dog, nachos or other food item in their hands, which means members of the food service industry must stand ready to handle the high demand. This means having enough pairs of disposable gloves handy to feed all those hungry football fans.

Chicken wings, for example, are a staple of sports game cuisine. In fact, the National Chicken Council predicted in 2014 that Americans would eat 1.25 billion wings during that year’s championship game. With popular restaurants providing numerous orders of wings of all flavors, how can these and other food venues not afford to stock up on gloves before the big game – especially considering this industry goes through 20 pairs a day during normal periods?

Whether it’s the concession vendors at the big game or a local pizza joint pushing out pies to viewers at home, now is the time to get the right barrier protection.

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Uses for Disposable Gloves: Pet Hair Removal


Most pet owners love their furry friends but may not be as fond of the hair the animals leave behind on fabric. Luckily, disposable gloves are a fast way to remedy this problem.

Pet hair clings to furniture and clothing. If guests are visiting for a dinner party, a hair-covered couch does not present the most inviting space, especially if someone has allergies. Pet hair is also a hassle when it sticks to work clothing.

While many people use tape or lint rollers, disposable gloves are a better option. Simply slip on a glove, dampen it and run it over the fabric or upholstery. The hair will stick to the glove and can be rinsed off once the glove is covered. Repeat until the furniture or clothing is free of pet hair.

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