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Powder-Free Gloves

Our powder-free gloves protect you with minimal itching and contamination. Shop non-powdered latex gloves for superb fit and flexibility or vinyl gloves for a low-cost latex-free option. Or choose powder-free nitrile gloves for superior puncture resistance and protection from harsh chemicals.

Disposable gloves without cornstarch powder are less likely to spread allergens, trigger skin irritation, or cause wound infections.

Powder-free disposable gloves help you ensure a safe working environment free of contamination. We offer chlorinated or polymer-coated powderless gloves to make donning and removal hassle-free, with multiple thickness options so you can find the right level of protection for any job. Choose from orange, green, purple, black, and blue gloves, available in sizes from extra-small to extra-extra-large.

medical staff donning a blue-colored nitrile gloves

Frequently Asked Questions

Are powder-free gloves better?

Powder-free gloves are considered superior because they lower the odds of infection and allergic reactions. Non-powdered latex gloves are often treated with a process called chlorination that makes donning and removing them easier, removing the need for powder.

Pre-powdered latex gloves used to be popular because they were easy to slide on and off even with sweaty hands. But researchers discovered that the powder can disperse latex particles through the air and make them stick to your hands longer. This increases the risk of skin irritation or inflamed airways in people with latex sensitivities. The powder can also enter open wounds, leading to dangerous infections.

Are all gloves powder-free?

Not all gloves are powder free. It's still possible to buy powdered gloves for applications like food service or custodial work. What you won't find are powdered surgical gloves or exam gloves. The FDA has banned powdered medical gloves because of the danger of infection. All of our exam gloves are powder-free.

There are still good reasons to be wary of powdered gloves in non-medical settings. It’s hard to be sure your customers or coworkers don't have a latex allergy. And even alternatives to latex gloves (like vinyl or nitrile disposable gloves) can cause skin irritation and dry, cracked hands if they contain powder.

Are all nitrile gloves powder-free?

Not all nitrile gloves are powder-free, but most are. Nitrile gloves are popular in settings where non-powdered gloves are important. They’re tough, snug-fitting, and latex-free.

We recommend getting your disposable nitrile gloves powder-free. There are better ways to make them slide on smoothly, such as an interior coating of silicone polymer. A nitrile powder-free glove provides the best combination of safety, durability, and grip for a wide range of tasks.

Are powder-free gloves food safe?

Yes, powder-free gloves are food safe. In fact, even powdered gloves use food-grade cornstarch, which is often safe for food service jobs. But powder-free disposable gloves avoid the risk of triggering corn allergies, and they reduce the infection risk if you accidentally cut or scratch yourself.

What kind of powder-free disposable gloves should I use?

Nitrile and latex powder-free gloves are best for most applications. Powder-free latex gloves can be a good choice for medical exams, first aid, or other scenarios where touch sensitivity is important. It’s also good to have some latex-free gloves on hand for those with allergies. Non-powdered nitrile gloves are great for rougher jobs since they're more resistant to cuts and punctures.

It's also important to pick the right size, since incorrectly sized gloves are even harder to change without powder. Thickness matters too — if you go too thin, your gloves may not protect you adequately, but an overly thick pair can limit your dexterity. Check out our guide to choosing the right thickness in disposable gloves.