Cleaning garden tools

Question ...

I wish to clean my garden tools in between use. I don't like using Jeyes fluid or bleach. Would any of the antibacterial sprays recommended for hard surface preparation (e.g. dettox or equivalent) do the job?

Answer ...

It is quite adequate to use a stiff brush and hot, soapy water to rinse tools such as spades and forks. Make sure they are dried off to prevent rusting. Pruning tools should always be cleaned before moving on to a new tree to prevent cross infection especially if pruning out diseased wood. Alternatively, use Citrox - a powerful citrus disinfectant for cleaning greenhouses, pots, staging, seed trays, bird feeders, bird baths and of course tools.

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