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Disinfecting tools

Post  AK_Panama on Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:04 pm

Hello,

What are the most effective methods of disinfecting tools to avoid spreading diseases from one plant to another? I´ve heard a couple but would like to hear your opinions:


  • Lysol
  • Alcohol
  • Lighter (fire)
  • Water with vinegar

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Re: Disinfecting tools

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:51 pm

AK_Panama wrote:Hello,

What are the most effective methods of disinfecting tools to avoid spreading diseases from one plant to another? I´ve heard a couple but would like to hear your opinions:


  • Lysol
  • Alcohol
  • Lighter (fire)
  • Water with vinegar

I would not use fire because it might damage the temper of the tool as well as the finish. I am not sure vinegar would be very effective. That leaves Lysol and Alcohol. Given that generic Alcohol is a lot cheaper than Lysol, I would use Alcohol, if I used anything. I have really never seen anyone disinfect their tools. However, if I did use Alcohol,be sure that you clean and oil your tools to prevent rusting caused by the Alcohol.

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Post  sunip on Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:04 pm

Hello.

For disinfecting my tools i use alcohol, but i really would like to hear from the experts of it is good enough.
Sunip Wink

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Post  John Quinn on Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:17 pm

Rubbing alcohol works just fine. For disinfecting my greenhouse surfaces each fall, prior to placing trees inside, I use Physan 20.

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:31 pm

Chlorox right out of the bottle will also disinfect. Be sure to wipe and oil your tools immediately afterward.

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Post  Bruce Winter on Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:04 am

According to a local USDA plant pathologist, the only non commercial solution that kills every pathogen is a 50/50 mix of Lysol CONCONTRATE and H20.

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:52 pm

If I recall rightly, our Dr. Nina, who works with plant pathogens, recommended either alcohol or Chlorox.

That's "if."

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