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Easy Fingernail Cleanup

By Aguane
January 16, 2012

If you're opposed to wearing gloves for light tasks and don't want to harm your manicure, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap, filling the nails so they can't get dirt into them.

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Aguane
Jan 15, 2012 11:11 PM CST
Just need to keep the bar of soap in your handy garden tool kit to keep your fingernails full of the soap during the work day.
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plantladylin
Jan 16, 2012 7:01 AM CST
Susie: Thanks for sharing this tip! I've done this in the past and it really is a great help when the time comes to wash your hands after gardening! I kept a bar of soap in my basket of gardening tools on the deck for a long time and need to do it again! I would actually dig my nails into the soap, making sure it was deep beneath my nails ... it's so much easier than having to use a brush to scrub and scrub trying to remove the dirt beneath the nails!

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NJBob
Jan 16, 2012 6:55 PM CST
Never heard this one before , sounds like a good idea for other things to like working on small engines from the power equipment to keep the oil and sludge out.
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chickadee
Jan 17, 2012 4:45 PM CST
The soap thing works. There is also a product called Yard Glove that is like a lotion going on, it forms a barrier so your hands and nails clean up really well after a dirty gardening session.
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Aguane
Jan 17, 2012 5:03 PM CST
I think auto mechanics use a product called GOOP that does the same thing, chickadee
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ViolaAnn
Jul 24, 2014 12:00 PM CST
The product I've had around is something like "Liquid Glove". It works too if I ever remember to use it. Keeping a bar of soap around is a great idea and might be a good thing to do with the bars that are getting too small. But I'm a musician; so I don't have much in the line of fingernails anyway.
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