Household rubber gloves have been used for washing dishes and cleaning. Many different designs of gloves have been available in a multitude of colors but traditional designs in yellow or pink with long cuffs. While these still remain the most popular patterns today, gloves can be obtained that range from wrist-length to those that are shoulder-length. There are even gloves that are pre-attached to shirts and bodysuits for added protection.
Rubber gloves are best worn with a skin tight fit which, while still allowing for the hands to breathe, makes it easier to hold objects and manipulate them. The palms and fingers usually have a raised pattern which helps provide a good grip when handling objects. Wearing gloves protects the hands from harsh detergents and other cleaning products which are used in the home and elsewhere. Despite promises to the contrary, most dishwashing liquids do not leave those hands that do dishes feeling as soft as your face, especially after you've done the dishes. Generally speaking, gloves are required while washing the dishes. Rubber gloves also protect the wearer from bacteria involved in such tasks as the cleaning of toilets and cleaning up after pets.
Gloves are also primarily used in the Foodservice Industry for minimizing contact with ready to eat foods. Many states have implemented laws regarding the mandatory use of disposable gloves in the restaurant industry. Generally, foodservice employees are required to wash hands before starting work or putting on single use gloves.