Reusable Gloves vs. Disposable Gloves: Unveiling 3 Key Differences

As named, reusable gloves are meant to be reused many times after being washed and keep in a cool place, while disposable gloves are not meant to be reused and should be disposed of after first use.

Glove Thickness: Reusable Gloves vs. Disposable Gloves

Reusable rubber gloves are typically thicker (our gloves range from 11 mil to 33 mil), more comfortable and durable than disposable gloves.

You will usually see this kind of gloves being used in household and industrial, which normally are used for dishwashing, janitorial cleaning, house chores, general maintenance, painting etc.

Disposable gloves are typically thin (around 4 mils and above) and are highly flexible.

Mostly you will see people wearing disposable gloves in the medical industry, food industry, dental clinic, tattoo industry, salon etc. and they are required to change the gloves often to prevent any cross-contamination.

And also it is great for the industry that required manipulating small parts and pieces with the wearers’ fingers.

There are many types of disposable gloves in the market. Examination nitrile gloves, medical gloves, surgical gloves, vinyl gloves, latex powder-free gloves etc. they are all under disposable gloves, which is not included in our product range.

Glove Design and Packaging: Reusable vs. Disposable Gloves

When it comes to glove design and packaging, there are notable differences between reusable rubber gloves and disposable gloves.

Reusable gloves are typically non-ambidextrous, sold in pairs specifically for the left and right hand. On the other hand, disposable gloves are ambidextrous, allowing them to be used interchangeably for both hands.

This distinction is reflected in their packaging as well, with reusable gloves commonly sold in pairs, while disposable gloves are typically packaged in bulk quantities and conveniently stored in a box.

Chemical Protection: Reusable Gloves vs. Disposable Gloves

Chemical protection is a critical factor to consider when selecting the right gloves for various applications.

Reusable gloves and disposable gloves differ in their ability to provide adequate chemical resistance, making it crucial to understand their strengths and limitations.

Reusable gloves are designed for long-lasting use and offer superior chemical protection compared to disposable gloves.

They are typically made from materials such as neoprene, nitrile, or latex, which provide excellent resistance to a wide range of chemicals, including acids, solvents, oils, and more.

These gloves are suitable for tasks that require prolonged exposure to hazardous substances, offering durability and reliable protection.

On the other hand, disposable gloves are intended for short-term use and are not as robust in terms of chemical resistance.

They are typically made from materials like nitrile, latex, or vinyl and provide a barrier against some chemicals but may not offer the same level of protection as reusable gloves.

Disposable gloves are commonly used in industries like food handling, healthcare, and sanitation, where frequent glove changes are necessary to maintain hygiene standards.

Reusable gloves vs. disposable gloves

When choosing between reusable and disposable gloves for chemical protection, it is essential to assess the specific requirements of your task.

Consider factors such as the type and concentration of chemicals you will be handling, the duration of exposure, and the level of dexterity needed.

Consulting safety guidelines and conducting risk assessments can help determine the appropriate glove type for your application. 

Taking nitrile gloves as example, our nitrile gloves are thick (range from 11 mil to 22 mil) and durable. The sturdier design of our chemical-resistant nitrile gloves is meant for longer-lasting protection against chemicals. While disposable nitrile gloves are designed to provide protection against chemicals only for a short period of time, eg. in the event of splash.  


Explore Our Range of Reusable Rubber Gloves for Various Industries

At Nastah, we specialize in manufacturing reusable rubber gloves made from natural latex, neoprene, and nitrile materials. Each material provides distinct levels of protection against a wide range of chemicals, catering to diverse industry needs.

Discover our product range, conveniently categorized into four main categories:

(i) Household Rubber Gloves
(ii) Food Processing Rubber Gloves
(iii) Industrial Rubber Gloves (also known as heavy-duty rubber gloves)
(iv) Chemical Resistant Nitrile Gloves

Not only are reusable gloves more environmentally friendly than disposable ones, but they also offer the advantage of multiple uses as long as they remain intact without any holes or punctures.

If you’re seeking further information about our products or expert advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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