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How to Safely Remove Disposable Gloves, According to the CDC

Who knew there was a right and wrong way to remove disposable gloves? Follow these steps to maintain a protective barrier and keep your hands safe.

Hands with black nitrile glovesMikayla Borchert/Family Handyman

There is a different glove for every situation, and we all look like Disney characters right now. The purpose of disposable gloves, such as nitrile or latex, is to create a temporary barrier between your skin and potential external threats. To maintain that barrier, you should never touch the outside of the gloves with your bare hands. To aid you in staying safe, knowing how to properly remove your gloves is crucial and this seven-step approach to de-gloving recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Red Cross will help.

Step 1 of removing nitrile glovesMikayla Borchert/Family Handyman

Step 1

Remove one glove at a time. Start by taking your non-dominant hand and pinching the outside of the glove at the wrist of your dominant hand. Since you’re taking the proper steps to remove your gloves safely, here’s some stuff you’ll want to know to correctly self-isolate with your family.

Step 2 of removing glovesMikayla Borchert/Family Handyman

Step 2

Stretch the glove away from your body and pull it inside out and off. Continue to grasp the now-removed glove with your non-dominant hand.

Step 3 of removing glovesMikayla Borchert/Family Handyman

Step 3

Bunch up the glove in the palm of your still-gloved hand. Take care to not touch it with your bare hand. Close your fingers in a fist around the glove. The number one place I wear gloves is to the grocery store—here are the rules for shopping at Walmart, Target, and more during COVID-19.

Step 4 of removing glovesMikayla Borchert/Family Handyman

Step 4

Slide two fingers under the edge of the remaining glove at your inner wrist, not touching the outside.

Step 5 of removing glovesMikayla Borchert/Family Handyman

Step 5

Using your two fingers as a hook, pull the remaining glove inside-out and off your hand, capturing the first glove inside. You should now have a little pocket containing the first glove. Even when gloved, you should avoid greeting someone with a handshake. Here are some polite ways to get out of it.

Step 6 of removing glovesMikayla Borchert/Family Handyman

Step 6

Safely dispose of the soiled gloves. Single-use gloves should not be re-worn. If you’ve been disinfecting your home, they can go in the trash. Some counties ask for them to be double-bagged if you’ve been handling chemicals or cleaning bodily fluids, so check your local waste management regulations.

Step 7

Disposable gloves are most effective when combined with proper hand hygiene, so always thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after removing gloves. Once you’ve conquered proper glove removal technique, here’s what to know before making your own mask.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman