How Bad is it to Clean Bare-Handed?

May 7, 2018

Growing up, I remember being mesmerized by the simple act of watching my grandmother wash dishes. She'd plunge her bare hands into the hot, sudsy water and emerge with a plate. A few passes with her trusty rag, a minute under a clean stream of water, a quick shake, and into the drying rack it'd go. Scrub, rinse, repeat. Never once during this time-honored ritual did it ever occur to me that perhaps my sweet grandma ought to have been wearing gloves. And perhaps that's why it never occurred to me to put on gloves when I began washing dishes (and doing other cleaning) of my own.

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