Steps to Cleaner Work Clothes (News Release)

The best management practice for clothing during pesticide application is daily laundering. It's a simple way to make sure pesticide exposure is kept to a minimum.

If you don't do your own laundry, make sure the person who does this task has rubber gloves to handle pesticide-soiled clothes. Then follow these tips for laundering pesticide-soiled clothes:

  • Don't try to wash items saturated with full-strength pesticide concentrate-discard them.
  • Keep pesticide-soiled clothes separate from family clothes, before and during laundering.
  • Wash as soon as possible after soiling.
  • Pre-rinse or pre-soak in a tub, on a line with a garden hose, or in your washer before the regular wash cycle.
  • Refill the washer with hot water for washing.
  • Use a heavy-duty detergent.
  • Don't overload the washer-leave room for clothes to circulate.
  • Use the highest water level setting.
  • Use the regular wash cycle, not a shorter knit one.
  • Never use your sudsaver feature for pesticide-soiled clothes.
  • Hang clothes outside in the sun to dry.
  • Flush out your washer by running it through a complete cycle with hot water and detergent, but no clothes, before washing another load of family clothes.

For further information, contact the County Extension office for a copy of the new publication, Learn About Pesticides and Clothes, Pm-1265f.

This news release was distributed by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Safe Farm program. Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Distribution date: June 1992.

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