Handling and Laundering Pesticide-Soiled Clothing Quiz

  • Mock, Judy;
  • Jennings, Harriet T.

America's abundant food supply is dependent upon the use of pesticides in crop and livestock management. Some of these chemicals can harm humans, so proper laundering of pesticidesoiled clothing is important. Sound laundry procedures protect the pesticide applicator, the person doing the laundry and the entire family from pesticide residues.

Read and answer the following true and false questions. Write your answers on a piece of paper and then check them against the answers. Were you using safe handling and laundering procedures prior to the quiz? If not, what changes can you make now?


(True or False)

  1. To determine the toxicity of the pesticide, it is important to read the pesticide label.
  2. Pesticide-soiled clothing should be removed outdoors.
  3. Unlined rubber gloves should always be worn when handling and laundering pesticide-soiled clothing.
  4. All pesticide-soiled clothing can be safely laundered.
  5. Never prerinse pesticide-soiled clothing.
  6. Before laundering, store pesticide-soiled garments with the rest of the family's dirty clothes.
  7. Wash pesticide-soiled garments separately from family laundry.
  8. Wash only a few pesticide-soiled garments at one time.
  9. Cold water wash temperature is the most effective when laundering pesticidesoiled garments.
  10. Always use granular-type detergents.
  11. Never mix ammonia and chlorine bleach.
  12. After laundering pesticide-soiled clothing, always clean the washer by running it through a complete cycle with hot or warm water and detergent.
  13. After laundering pesticide-soiled clothing, dry the garments in the clothes dryer.
  14. Clean all other clothing items, such as washable caps, waterproof gloves and goggles.

This document is from a series of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Publication date: January 1992.

Specialist-in-charge (human environment), Extension Clothing Specialist; North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

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