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How to Prevent Fiberglass Insulation Itch

In addition to a long sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, dust mask, and eye goggles, rub your hands and arms with baby powder or corn starch before working with fiberglass insulation. Watch this video to find out more. ...More

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How to Prevent Fiberglass Insulation Itch


Adding fiberglass insulation to your attic is a great idea to improve energy efficiency but the process can be very uncomfortable due to the small glass fibers in the insulation. In addition to a long sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, dust mask and eye goggles rub your hands and arms with baby powder or corn starch before working with fiberglass insulation. The powder keeps much of the fiberglass from sticking to your skin causing it to itch.

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  1. dylan chalmers Says:
    June 14th, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    our insultion can be irritating due to the
    glass fibers but we own manville fiberglass insulation

  2. Gavbpr Says:
    September 21st, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Just cover your skin with vaceline before doing the job. Good luck.

  3. jim spagnola Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I will try the baby powder idea. The problem with isulation is when you are installing it, the place that it is being installed is usually A. Very hot B. very dirty C. very cramped or D. very hard to maneuver in which causes profuse sweat and or the rubbing off of powders.

    just some experienced thoughts. Installing insulation on older homes is a hellish experience, no matter how you do it.


  4. Ben Says:
    February 11th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t know what will work but covering yourself in Vasaline is DANGEROUS. DO NOT DO IT. It won’t allow your skin to “breath” and sweat to cool your body correctly. It’s like painting your body in an enamel paint. Your core temp will rise and you may pose serious health risk.


  5. mat Says:
    August 5th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    the only thing i have found that somewhat stops about 60% of the itch is baby powder, forget long pants and long shirts unless your a reptile who thrives on insaine body temps, i find with long shirts you sweat more and end up rubbing it into your facial pours when wipping the sweat off your forhead, other than that i soak myself in a very hot bath when i get home around 47 regrees celcius, is stings like hell getting in but you feel so much better afterwards…

  6. Turtle Stuffington Says:
    January 31st, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Here’s a good idea! Coat your arms with crazy glue, then apply a layer of box turtles to your skin, they will prevent any insulation from getting on your skin and clean up after you when you’re being a sloppy eater. It’s the perfect solution!

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