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Monday, September 10, 2007

Cleaning the beekeeper's gloves

Recently there have been posts on Beemaster about cleaning the gloves we wear. I read somewhere about washing your hands with soap and water while wearing the gloves. In the first picture, you can see my gloves right after I washed my hands with soap and water. Then I put olive oil on my gloves - you can see it glistening in the fold in the middle of the hand in the second picture. I work the oil into the gloves as I would hand lotion on my hands. Then the glove remains soft and nice for wearing the next time I visit the hives.


My biggest problem with gloves is not cleaning them but rather the size that they are. My hands are small and gloves are made for men - so look at my hand on top of the glove and you can see that I have a lot of unused space at the tips of my fingers - makes for clumsy manipulation!
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  1. Anonymous10:32 PM

    So you place the olive oil on right after you wash, even though the gloves are still wet??

    Annette

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  2. I act as if the gloves were my own hands, so I wash, dry with a towel and then put the olive oil straight on the glove while it is still however wet it is after drying with a hand towel....

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  3. Anonymous7:43 AM

    Just be careful with olive oil, it's poisonous to bees.

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  4. I don't remember where I read about cleaning the gloves this way but I don't think the type of oil mattered, so I'll switch to vegetable oil. Although if using oil would keep them from stinging my gloves, I'd be thrilled - I hate to see the bee's stinger in my glove, knowing that she died for nothing since I never felt a thing.

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