Cleaning gardening tools...

I’ve been looking up online how to clean garden tools (particularly hand tools, but I’m also interested in larger/more heavy duty tools), & I keep reading that you should meerly wipe or spray off dirt & debris, scrub off rust, & apply oil to the metal parts. But what about actually CLEANING them? As in, DISINFECTING?? I mean, don’t you have to do more than just wipe or spray the debris/dirt off?? (which is only the VISIBLE grime… What about bacteria/disease/fungi/etc?—the stuff you CAN’T see?)

Submitted by shan_kat7

You typically only need to disinfect pruning tools after you have pruned diseased plants or seed-starting containers. A soak in a 10 percent bleach solution or dip in rubbing alcohol will do the trick. Because chlorine bleach is corrosive, rinse the tools well afterwards and for metal parts, oil them to prevent rust.

Answered by DSchrock

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