I was forced to BLEACH my hand after a glove turned my fingers black

I was forced to BLEACH my hand after a ‘dodgy’ leather glove turned my fingers jet black – it was so bad strangers thought I had frostbite

  • Sally McGlynn, from Shropshire, donned a pair of black gloves while walking dog
  • It left her fingers jet black and she spent 15 minutes scrubbing off the dye 
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A mortified mother was forced to bleach her hand after a ‘dodgy’ leather glove disaster left her looking like she had extreme ‘frostbite’ and turned her entire hand black.

Sally McGlynn, 38, from Telford, Shropshire, donned a pair of black gloves as she took her dog out for a walk last week, and kept the accessory on to give him a good wash due to the cold temperatures. 

However when she removed the glove, she was stunned to see her hand had been dyed jet black – and she was forced to scrub her fingers using a kitchen scourer and a ‘bleach concoction’ for 15 minutes to remove the ink.

The dyeing disaster was so startling that when she uploaded a picture to Facebook pleading for suggestions on how to shift the stubborn ink, stunned users thought she had frostbite or gout.

Sally McGlynn, 38, from Telford, Shropshire, was forced to bleach her hand after a ‘dodgy’ leather glove disaster left her looking like she had extreme ‘frostbite’ and turned her entire hand black

Sally, along with her mum and two daughters, took her 18-month-old labradoodle Max for a walk in Bowring Park in Wellington, Shropshire, on Sunday morning so he could run around.

Sally said: ‘Max’s favourite thing in the world is running round the park and because of the weather we haven’t done it for weeks.

‘We decided we were going to take him to the park. It was freezing cold so we only ended up staying about 45 minutes.’

On the way home, Sally dropped into Trench Lock Dog Wash to give Max a wash.

She donned a pair of black gloves as she took her dog out for a walk last week, and kept the accessory on to give him a good wash due to the cold temperatures

She wore her leather gloves in an effort to stay warm in the cold weather, and to protect her nails, which were newly manicured 

As it was so cold, Sally decided to wash him with her leather gloves on in a bid to keep warm.

She said: ‘We decided to give him a really good wash at the dog wash. So I washed him all off. but because it was so cold, -2, I decided to keep my gloves on.

‘One, to protect my nails from washing the dog and two, to keep my hands warm. I didn’t care that the gloves were going to get wet.’ 

After spending 20 minutes shampooing and rinsing the curly-haired pooch, Sally was struggling to hold the dryer so ripped her gloves off. 

Sally confessed she was hoping to keep her new bright pink manicure fresh by wearing the gloves for the walk 


Despite feeling overjoyed about her new manicure (left), the mother was forced to scrub at her hands for 15 minutes after they were dyed – and still didn’t manage to get all the remains of black off her hand (right) 

She said: ‘After washing him I went to get the dryer but I couldn’t hold it properly because my glove was so wet.’ 

‘I ripped one glove off with my teeth and mum took the other one off.’ 

It was only at the end of Max’s pamper treatment that she noticed the colour catastrophe. 

Sally noticed that her left hand, that had been continuously soaked while washing Max, had turned jet black – leaving her and 60-year-old mum Kay Burford in fits of laughter.

After 15 minutes of scrubbing, Sally’s hand was back to a regular colour, though she’s still got some black stains lurking around her cuticles

She said: ‘It welcomed us with this beautiful, blackest of black hands that you’ve ever seen.

‘I thought my mother was going to have a heart attack, she couldn’t even stand up, she was laughing so much.

‘We couldn’t finish the dog properly because we were both in fits of laughter, I don’t know how we didn’t wee ourselves.

‘When I saw my hand, my first thought was ‘oh my god, what have I done? How on earth am I going to be able to work with a black hand? What on earth are people going to think?

‘I’d have just had to have a piece of paper that said ‘Sally’s absolutely fine, she hasn’t got any kind of condition, it was just a dodgy black glove’. 

After getting back into the car with her children Ava, 11, and Sofia, nine, she confessed she told them ‘there’s been a bit of a problem’ 

Startled Sally, who’s mother to Ava, 11, and nine-year-old Sofia, rushed home to scrub her hand using a washing-up liquid and bleach concoction in a desperate bid to shift the dark dye.

After 15 minutes of scrubbing, Sally’s hand was back to a regular colour, though she’s still got some black stains lurking around her cuticles.

She said: ‘We got back to the car and I said ‘there’s been a bit of a problem, look at Mummy’s hand’ they were rolling round the car laughing.’

When she got home, Sally shared her beauty predicament on a Facebook group for suggestions while soaking and scrubbing her hand.

The mother-of-two said her family were left howling with laughter when she revealed how the glove had dyed her hand 

‘Quite a few of the comments thought I’d got frostbite, another lady said it looked like gout when it goes black. [I said] ‘it’s not gout, just a glove’.

‘I still can’t believe I did it, I’m such a tool.’ 

Sally said: ‘My right hand just had a little bit of discolouration that came off with a normal wash, my left hand was much worse. 

‘I didn’t even notice it on my other hand until I put them side by side and realised just how much dye was all over my hand. 

Sally said she had learned her lesson – and wouldn’t wear leather gloves to wash her 18-month-old dog Max again  

‘I scrubbed my hands for a good 10-15 minutes. My hands are good now, so much better than I anticipated.

‘I’ve still got a little bit of discolouration around my cuticles, which I don’t think is going to come off until I have my nails done next, but I’m not walking around with black hands anymore which is super.

‘I’ve certainly learned my lesson. Note to self, don’t wear leather gloves when washing Max again.’   

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