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Latex gloves + ethanol 70 - a legend ? (Jun/28/2010 )

Hi everyone,

I was just wondering if someone could give me a scientific reference proving that ethanol 70 could permeabilize latex gloves, making them useless.

Because it seems to me that this is kind of a legend.

So I was thinking there is probably some scientific papers dealing with the truth.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Mac Guffin

-Mac Guffin-

This is from a government page on gloves


labmeiser on Jun 28 2010, 07:40 PM said:

This is from a government page on gloves

Is that pdf from a nitrile glove provider? For almost all chemicals nitrile is suggested, independent if its resistance is excellent or fair (e.g. methanol), or the chemical not that dangerous (ethanol, SDS... ). Why? :rolleyes:


hobglobin on Jun 28 2010, 02:36 PM said:

Is that pdf from a nitrile glove provider?

Not according to the dotgov whois server:

Non-Federal Agency
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Domain Name: LBL.GOV
Status: Active


This site is from a glove manufacturer, but have a look on page 7, there is a list of chemicals and the protection levels for different glove materials.

Link gloves

THis will help you to find the right gloves for your application.

@ Dr. H: suppose they have a cheap deal with the nitril glove company ;)


Ok thank you guys.

So it seems to me that it's ok to spray some Ethanol on your gloves to clean them before doing cell culture.
Your hands are "sterile" and you are protected against what you're manipulating.

-Mac Guffin-

Oh, I have never heard about this.
I'm spraying ethanol on my gloves everyday, worse during tissue culture works, when I am nearly showering myself with 70% ethanol. :lol: