- I wear dish gloves. I know that sounds obvious, but it is my first line of defense. However, it does not do the job by itself.
- I keep two dishcloths. Every time I run a bleach load through the wash, I rotate dishcloths and bleach the dirty one. This has really helped! Dishwater hands are largely caused by a fungus that takes up residence in your skin. Keeping my dishcloth clean is important to keeping that fungus from spreading.
- Likewise, I wring out the dishcloth as much as I can when I'm done with it. The dryer it is, the fewer critters can live in it.
- I wash my hands and put on lotion after I wash dishes. My hands might seem clean after doing dishes, but those rubber gloves really dry out my skin, making my hands more susceptible to problems! Keeping my hands moisturized helps.
- I keep my fingernails pared and clean. All kinds of nasty stuff can hide under fingernails. Keeping my nails clean keeps my hands clean.
- Whenever possible I limit how many times a day I wash dishes. With my small family (thus far), I can get away with only doing dishes once a day on most days.
- When I do start getting dishwater hands, I rub some triple antibiotic ointment into my hands in lieu of lotion after washing my hands.
I'd love to hear more ideas!
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