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Potato Cleaning Gloves...Because Nobody Likes Dirt in Their Food

Updated on July 15, 2014

Cleaning vegetables can be a perplexing task. When are they really clean? What is the best way to clean them? What are the repercussions if they aren't clean enough? We all hear horror stories of the chemicals and bacteria we could potentially be consuming if our vegetables aren't clean, but there never seems to be a way to really know if we've cleaned enough.

Potatoes bring with them an even more questionable characteristic - they've spent their entire lives growing in the dirt. So when you pick them up in the grocery store, there's usually still dirt on them - and visible dirt!

One of my absolute favorite vegetables is the sweet potato, so I've spent countless hours debating the best way to clean them, prepare them, serve them, and eat them. Then finally one Christmas, I received a pair of Potato Cleaning Gloves and all of a sudden sweet potatoes seemed even tastier!

How They Work

Potato Cleaning Gloves are extremely easy to use and very effective. Once you've owned a pair, I guarantee it will become your go-to stocking stuffer gift for any other cooks in your life.

The gloves slip on your hands (obviously) and are made of a soft brillo-type material that is extremely porous so the water can still get through to your hands. The brillo pad material is easy on your hands, but is strong enough to scrape away at the outer layer of the potato. What is great about these gloves is that they don't actually tear away the entire skin (which has health benefits), but they do remove the top layer of dirt that never seems to come off when you clean potatoes by hand (ungloved hand, that is).

Who Should Use These Gloves?

Since potatoes are so easy to make, these gloves are a great gift idea for anyone that cooks for their family or lives alone and does their own cooking. They're flexible and easy to store, so you don't need a lot of space. And if you know someone that loves potatoes like I do, then this is obviously the gift for them.

Sometimes it's fun to include a recipe with your kitchen or cooking gift. Here are some tried-and-true sweet potato recipes that are easy to make and delicious to eat! Print these out and give them a test run with the gloves.

Thai Sweet Potato Bisque

Chocolate Chunk Sweet Potato Blondie Bars

Here are some other kitchen tools you may want to have if you plan on cooking lots of potatoes.

KitchenAid Euro Peeler, Red
KitchenAid Euro Peeler, Red

Peeling potatoes can technically be done with a knife, but you need to be careful. If you use a potato peeler, however, you'll find your potato peeling experience much easier - and way faster.

OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher
OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher

Mashing can always be done with a fork, but your wrists will be glad you used a masher if you really want to get those chunks out.


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Potato Cleaning Gloves in action.Potato Cleaning Gloves in action.
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Potato Cleaning Gloves in action.
Potato Cleaning Gloves in action.
Potato Cleaning Gloves in action.

What vegetable cleaning tricks do you have in your arsenal?

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing.

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      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      i might have to try these..thanks for sharing.

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      Nikki Schilling 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @Virginia Allain: I usually just drape them over the sink to dry, but you could also hang them. Because they are so porous they also are very quick to dry!

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      allpurposeguru lm 

      4 years ago

      I have a vegetable brush. It's also good for cleaning corn silk off corn on the cob. I prefer tools that have more than one use, but these gloves sure seem very good for the purpose. I'll bet they work on beets and other root veggies, too.

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      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I've always used a scrub brush for potatoes, but these look good too. Do you have to hang them somewhere to dry after using them?

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      I can see how these would work. Neat invention.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I have these and they are great! They really do make cleaning potatoes so easy.

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      4 years ago

      Ha Ha what a cool idea, I will have to get a pair of these gloves.

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      4 years ago

      So interesting. I'm assuming they are machine, or dishwasher, washable. Sometimes when I'm cleaning potatoes with a brush I think the dirt is ending up on the wall or faucets, and that's not much better than on the potato.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      I was wondering whether these are a silicone fiber, or something like Tuffy material, or actually metal like a Brillo pad. I use a small loofa to clean my root veggies, but this looks like it would be even easier to use. Congrats on being a Daily Challenge winner. Well deserved.


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