My dad has always told me that when it comes to cars, every man should know how to replace their own tire change the oil on their own. I’m proud to say that I can do both, but if you’re anything like me, you probably get your oil changed at Jiffy Lube. Call it laziness if you will, but it’s also the convenience of not having to clean up afterwards. I really to hate using the lava soap to clean the grease and dirt off my hands. I’m proud to report that I’m back to changing my own oil after learning a trade secret of my automotive mechanic and the use of nitrile gloves.

Nitrile gloves are really perfect for the garage because now you don’t really have to dread cleaning up. The best part is that these nitrile gloves are cheap enough so I can just throw them out after I’m done and if I run out, I just go to the industrial store or the nearest Walmart. Wearing the nitrile gloves is great because while I work on my automotive vehicle, I’m still able to maintain a good grip of my tools and the material of the glove is meant to protect my hands from most oil-based chemicals. It doesn’t stop with changing oil, you can use these gloves for practically any job.

Personally I like to get the nitrile gloves that feel a little thicker than the latex gloves. The synthetic gloves I get are said to be 5 mils. I tried getting thicker gloves but it makes handling bolts and tools a little more difficult.

Nitrile butadiene rubber, or NBR for short, is superior to latex gloves for being more puncture resistant as well as protecting against oil based chemicals including petroleum. In fact, car transmission belts are usually made from nitrile material because of these physical attributes. It’s no wonder nitrile gloves are an excellent protective tool for protecting mechanics while working on automobiles.