RBHjr... thanks for your reply. I've (with suggestions from this thread) narrowed my problem down to a hand creme I use, well used to use ! Time will tell though... down here in South Louisiana it gets pretty humid and one can perspire big time. So skin oil and perspiration along with the creme may have been my problem all along. I quit using the creme and so far so good... tackiness is gone ! I used warm water only with (damp almost dry terrycloth) to clean the rubber area. Got most of the stickyness off, guess I wore the rest of it off because it's gone ! Hope this helps you !!