DIY Tool-Cleaning Station

Clean off your tools after using, then hang them up or stash in a garden bag. Here's how to make a quick tool-cleaning station, from our <i>Green Side Up</i> 2016 issue.

Garden Tools

Keep your garden tools in tip-top shape with our easy DIY cleaning station. Plus, get our essential tools for gardening. 

Here's what you need:

  • Metal bucket
  • Sand
  • Vegetable or motor oil  

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Here's what you do:

Tool cleaning station bucket

1. Fill a bucket with dry sand. Moisten sand with vegetable or motor oil.

Tool cleaning station bucket

2. Mix well.

Tool cleaning station

3. Insert tools into sand and let stand. Store in a cool, dry place.

cleaning shovel

4. Rub any wood handles with linseed oil. When gardening season ramps up, wipe down the blades using an old cloth. Use sandpaper to remove any rust.

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