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8 Most Unusual Uses for Work Gloves

Our wide selection of work gloves has to be our most popular range of products here at Pronto Direct. And whilst most of our customers are purchasing work gloves to be used in traditional settings, such as on-site as a builder or carpenter, for gardening or even for mechanical jobs in a car garage, we do occasionally get customers enquiring about gloves for far more niche uses.

Let’s take a look at some of the most unusual uses for our work gloves that we’ve come across so far. It might even inspire you to use your gloves differently!

1. Bat Handling

A surprisingly popular use for our rigger gloves is bat handling. Whether you’re an active member of a local wildlife protection society, or you live in the countryside and happen to come across a bat in distress, there can be a variety of reasons why you might need to handle a bat. Whilst bats are naturally gentle creatures, they are still wild animals, and some bats can carry rabies. Therefore wearing thick gloves such as our rigger gloves, which will protect you against a potential bite, is incredibly important.

2. Beekeeping

Beekeeping has become a surprisingly popular hobby in recent years, not just in the countryside, but all over the UK people are investing their time into beekeeping. So naturally the demand for beekeeping gloves has soared. Nitrile gloves are some of the best gloves for beekeeping, as the material is puncture proof but still thin enough to allow for flexibility and full range of movement.

3. Snake Handling

Reptiles have been a popular choice of pet for those looking for a more unusual animal to share their homes with. Whether you’re fascinated by reptiles or simply saving a vulnerable reptile in the wild, wearing gloves can be very important to protect yourself and also to protect them too. If you’re handling a reptile that could potentially bite, such as a snake, then we’d recommend wearing thick gloves which are bite resistant – such as rigger gloves. Disposable gloves are also an important part of being a reptile owner, to help you efficiently and safely clean their tank.

4. Food Foraging

Whether you’re looking for more sustainable sources of food, or have just seen some local fruit growing that takes your fancy, foraging is a great way to find some healthy sustenance. But rummaging in thorny hedges can be tough on your hands, and not only can you end up with cuts and irritated skin, but you could also end up with some nasty germs getting under your skin. Disposable gloves are perfect for foraging, especially nitrile gloves which won’t tear if caught on a branch or thorn.

5. Prepping

If you’re not familiar with prepping already, the concept is based around actively preparing for emergencies or disasters which could potentially threaten society and life as we know it. Also known as survivalists, these individuals often include a range of gloves on their list of must-haves for their prepping kits. Disposable gloves, padded work gloves and cut or puncture resistant gloves all make the list on this survivalist guide.

6. Handling Chocolate

This one we can certainly get on board with! Chocolatiers or confectioners are another big fan of disposable gloves, but for their needs vinyl gloves are often the best suited. Gloves are helpful when making chocolates not only for hygienic reasons, but also to avoid getting fingerprints left on a delicate chocolate surface.

7. Milking Cows/Goats/Sheep

You might not be as surprised to hear that our disposable gloves are popular with farmers too. They provide a wide range of uses in farm life, but one of the most popular is for milking cows, goats and sheep. Nitrile gloves are a great option for this, as they provide a thin enough barrier allowing full range of movement while also protecting the delicate skin of the farm animal from potential irritation.

8. Balloon Animals

Lastly, something a little bit quirky. Apparently disposable gloves also prove great inspiration for balloon artists! If you’re not sure what to do with any spare disposable gloves you have lying around, there are some quirky ideas for you right here.

As you can see, our range of work gloves really are incredibly versatile! If you have any questions about which pair would be most suitable for your unusual task, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team today.

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