Quick Clean for Small Tools: Quick clean for small tools

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Quick Clean for Small Tools

By Joannabanana
November 1, 2012

Clean your small tools in the dishwasher and then spray with oil for added protection against rust. Quick and easy!

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Oct 31, 2012 9:30 PM CST
The dishwasher! I would have been afraid of getting gritty soil into it. But I guess small tools wouldn't carry all that much grit with them. (I've been paranoid since an attempt to bottom-water some trays in my bathtub contributed to a clogged pipe.)

I keep handy a barbeque grill scraper/steel brush for scraping and brushing shovels and hoes. If there is a puddle, I'll swish the shovel in that to get it pretty clean. Or use a hose and sprayer on "mist".

My theory is that clay and dirt hold water next to the steel and encourage rust more than plain water would. The water runs off or evaporates quickly, but I think that clay holds water longer.

Besides oil on steel parts, I use mineral oil and parafin and beeswax on wooden handles.

In theory you can coat metal with a thin layer of wax by using Johnson's Wax or parafin dissolved in mineral spirits, but I think that would scrape right off a shovel or hoe. Nice for winter storage, thoguh!

Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Nov 1, 2012 9:56 AM CST
Rick,

Thanks for your added tips and advisement. It is very important to protect the tool with a lubricant.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Nov 1, 2012 10:49 PM CST
>> It is very important to protect the tool with a lubricant.

I agree. BTW, don't assume that I FOLLOW my own advice. If I work until the sun goes down, the tools rust until I get around to cleaning them. Not always the same week!
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Nov 2, 2012 7:16 AM CST
Fluid Film is solvent free, is non-toxic and food grade approved. We call it "sheep-in-a-can". It will dissolve rust and does not evaporate.

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