"Un-invert Rubber Gloves Without Touching the Fingers" Technique




Have you ever removed rubber gloves and had the fingers all stuck inside? Was there crud on the gloves that you didn't want to touch when you put them on again? This technique will show you how to return the glove to its normal state without coming into contact with the crap (bacteria, toilet water, blood) that you're supposed to be protected from in the first place.

This trick is actually best suited for thin latex lab gloves, although it can work with just about any non-frictionless (take that double negative!) gloves.

Stuff you'll need:
- Hands (and maybe arms and a body, too)
- Inverted gloves
- Dexterity


Step 1: Open the Glove

Stretch the glove hole with your fingers. Try to make it as wide as possible.

Step 2: Flip It in the Air

Okay, this step is the tricky part. Holding the glove hole open, toss the glove so that it flips around itself and covers the hole. You can flip away from yourself or toward yourself, depending on your personal preference and/or the phase of the moon. Try to swoop up as much air as possible into the glove. That's the point of this ostentatious procedure, really.

Actually, it's usually more effective to flip away from yourself, unlike how the photos show here. Sorry!

Step 3: Squeeze

The glove should now be filled with air after its acrobatic experience. Grip the glove with your other hand, and avoiding contact with the dirty parts, squeeze the air into the fingers. If the glove has too little air, you should try refilling it (repeat Steps 1 and 2) to prevent yourself from having to touch too much of the soiled rubber.

Step 4: Try Again

A better example of the technique. See, Ma? No fingers!



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    9 Discussions


    10 years ago on Step 4

    If the gloves are pretty clean, I just put the glove over my mouth and blow the fingers out. This works well for the thin disposable gloves (usually found in paint departments)I like to use when spray painting and messy crafts. Then I can used them again. This method also works well for waterproof household gloves.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    if you have a problem with your thick rubber gloves from sticking together, sprinkle a little baby powder inside them. this works with those thick black lab gloves :)

    2 replies

    Thanks for the tip. This technique is actually best suited for the thin rubber/pseudorubber lab gloves that you find in most biology labs - so no baby powder allowed. We didn't have a pair on us, so we photographed the kitchen gloves instead.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    If you're using gloves in bio labs, you've probably got access to a house air line - makes flipping them back out even easier, even if you've gotten the inside all sweaty.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Sweet trick! Definitely better than getting your mouth anywhere near a well-grimed glove.

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm guessing if it's got anything from nasty drain cloggage to caustic chemicals to pathogens to anything else you don't want to even get on your fingers, putting your mouth on it isn't an attractive option. It was my first thought as well but I think this way is a pretty good idea.