Powdered vs. Powder-Free Gloves

Powdered vs. Powder-Free Gloves

Posted on : 02/16/21 Posted by :

Medical practitioners and caregivers use gloves to minimize cross-contamination with the patients. Medical gloves also protect against dangerous viruses, bacteria, and chemicals used in laboratories. There are a number of gloves available for usage, but one should choose the best gloves that give maximum protection.

How To Choose?

In the present market, there are many types of disposable gloves available. The gloves must be chosen to get maximum protection from bacteria and chemicals. The level of protection, durability, and comfort should be compared between the gloves before purchasing.

Types Of Medical Gloves Available

  • Latex Gloves: Made from natural rubber. It gives protection from bacteria and viruses.
  • Nitrile Gloves: Made of synthetic material and gives protection from virus and chemicals
  • Vinyl Gloves: Made of Synthetic material and gives protection from chemicals

Powdered Gloves

Powdered gloves are specially designed with cornstarch to make them easier to put on or remove. Adding cornstarch also prevents the gloves from sticking to one another. These gloves are mostly worn in places where food is served in busy places as it is easy to remove or wear the gloves.

Powder Free Gloves

Powder-free Gloves are subjected to chlorination to make them easier to remove or wear without using cornstarch powder. The gloves are rinsed in chlorine solution and water to remove residues and powder. Due to the chlorination process, gloves’ firmness is decreased, and it is also not easy to remove them.

Differences Between Powdered vs Powder-Free Gloves

  • Powdered gloves have cornstarch included, which improves the grip, reduces sweat. Non-powdered gloves are skin-friendly as there is no cornstarch included.
  • Powdered gloves are used in the Healthcare industry as they are easy to remove or wear. Powder-free gloves are popular in the food and mechanical industry.
  • All Powdered or Powder-free gloves are disposable. Both the glove types are made of latex or vinyl, or nitrile material.

In 2016, the FDA issued a ban on Powdered gloves in the dental and medical industry as they risk spreading infections. Patients exposed to powder in gloves are also experiencing allergies, which made powdered gloves to be banned in the health industry. To remove the allergies and other complications, powder-free gloves are made so that there is messy residue on machinery or your hand after using gloves.


If you are looking for ideal gloves for your work, you need to contact a reliable safety supply equipment supplier. For a supply of gloves for your special usage, Protech Safety Supply is always there to help you. Contact us for a free estimate.

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