I’m going to make a confession. I’m a little in love with being a housewife. Not a Desperate Housewife, (though this product has been seen on screen on this very show) who needs all that drama and dying in your life? I mean being a Housewife; the 1950’s version that never really existed. I want my dishes to always be sparkling, my floors to shine, and my pearls and earrings to perfectly coordinate with my dress and heels as I vacuum. Of course, the fact that I don’t actually LIKE cleaning, have had to give up heels to an old injury and that even on my wedding day I didn’t match, doesn’t deter me. A girl can dream, can’t she?
Gloveables feed my need for Donna Reed-esque items in my life. I’ve seen their huge line of quirky but sweet colorful cleaning gloves online, but I thought they seemed too impractical to be useful. Their lovely coordinated ruffled fringe seemed nice, but wouldn’t it get wet and get in the way while doing dishes? Products that try to be cute and fun usually don’t work as well as the plain Jane ones, right? And having a cute pair of gloves just for cleaning seemed a tad wasteful, no to mention shallow. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The adorable Gloveables ($13.99 a pair at Amazon) fit right in here at Green Monday. Grandview, the company behind Gloveables create products while making a difference and are do-gooders of the highest order. Working with a philosophy to supply lasting opportunities (not just a one time hand out) to the people of Choluteca, Honduras (one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere), Grandview have
“…evaluated(ed) the needs, resources and sincere desire of
the community workforce, (and) committed to building a wood
fabrication and sewing factory. Currently, the two factories employ about
200 people who are paid a premium wage. Most families have 4 or 5
children in Latin America, which means the factory helps close to 1,000
people directly, and thousands more indirectly through increased
disposable income spread throughout the city.
By purchasing many of these fine products, it helps guarantee the success
of the factories and their sincere effort to support their families.”
All of those pay-it-forward business practices results in the charming oilcloth fringed gloves the we heart this review team put to the test.
The testers received a pair of pink gloves in a brand new style, featuring pink tulips with a white bow. Right way I realized that Gloveables are better than the average drugstore cleaning gloves. The glove itself is thicker, and more durable, but not so stiff that it’s not useable. The inside is soft and feels almost suede-like.
Plus, the pretty ruffled fringe looks like it’s just fabric but is actually made of oilcloth, a durable laminated fabric that’s waterproof. The ruffles help extend the gloves a bit more to keep your arms dry. (Is anyone else completely unable to keep most of the water IN the sink while doing dishes?)
I used my Gloveables for dishes and cleaning (including the stove, oven, tub and fireplace –whew!) during our recent move, and I’m pleased to say they worked great and saved my manicure and cuticles from being completely trashed. Could I have used regular bargain bin gloves to get the job done? Sure, but they wouldn’t have survived the experience the way these durable babies did – saving me money and the environment a few sets of cheapie gloves. Plus, I wouldn’t have looking as fancy while scrubbing the oven.
Not only are Gloveables a do-gooding and good product, but they’re also pretty. I don’t mean just pretty, but A-DOR-A-BLE. I see them as being a great birthday or bridal shower gift that looks like it’ll just be fun, but turns out to be very practical. The range of colors and patterns will fit anyone’s style.
Want to continue the kitsch? Grandview and their industrious Honduran factories also make fabulous fabric and oilcloth aprons, bags and tablecloths. Plus, they have this genius little invention called a key-finder (if you are forever searching through your big old purse for your keys, make sure and check it out).
I can’t make any promises that Gloveables will make you love cleaning more, but they’ll definitely make you feel fabulous while doing it! Testers – did cleaning your home with Gloveables give you that Donna Reed feeling? And Readers, any tips on how you make cleaning more fun?[ratings]
Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and starting a blog. One day. Eventually. Sometime soon. She promises.
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