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What Are Latex Gloves?

25 January 2016  |  John

Latex gloves, as the name suggests, are gloves made from latex. They’re most commonly used in hospitals and similar environments, but can also be found in a range of different environments, including garages and food service.

What Is Latex?

Latex is a natural rubber which is used in a range of different products, including boots, condoms and of course, gloves. It is used because of its many benefits and has been in use since the 18th century. 

Incredibly Elastic

One of the key benefits of latex is its very high elasticity. In gloves, this becomes an incredibly useful benefit as it ensures that gloves are tight on skin, making them incredibly dexterous and tactile.

This extra dexterity is vital in situations involving delicate procedures like surgery, as it gives the surgeon the control they need to correctly carry out the procedure.
The elasticity of latex has another benefit. Because the fit of latex gloves is so tight, it helps prevent materials and liquids from getting underneath the glove. This is ideal for situations involving risks of contamination.


Another great benefit of latex is that it naturally degrades over time. While this may not seem like a good thing at first glance, such a property is fantastic for gloves which are designed to be disposable. This means that they won’t spend the rest of time filling up landfills; instead they will decay and return to the soil naturally.
This makes them fantastically environmentally friendly, and the ideal choice if you need some disposable gloves that won’t damage the Earth.

Different Thicknesses

At Safety Gloves, we have latex gloves that come in a range of different thicknesses, which is one of the reasons that they can be used for so many different applications. Thinner latex gloves are ideal for general medical examination uses, while thicker ones are great for dealing with industrial-strength cleaners as they offer resistance to the strong chemicals, keeping your hands protected.


Because so many people use latex gloves and latex is used in such a wide range of products, latex gloves are incredibly affordable. This makes them the ideal choice for anyone who needs some disposable gloves for whatever need. At Safety Gloves, we strive to make our pricing as competitive as possible, ensuring that you can find the gloves that you need without breaking the bank.


Latex gloves are incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods of time. This makes them fantastic for use in surgery and laboratories where gloves are likely to be worn for a long time, as it enables the wearers to competently and efficiently do their work without feeling uncomfortable or making any mistakes, which in high-danger situations like surgery or laboratories is vital.

Tear & Rip Resistant

While latex gloves can be cut with a surgical instrument, it is incredibly difficult to accidentally tear or rip them. This is fantastic for use with chemicals or while examining patients as it seriously reduces the risk of contamination or cross-contamination.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on some latex gloves, head on over to Safety Gloves and check out our range of Latex Gloves.