Gardening Pesticides

Shower After You Spray

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Always shower after you apply a pesticide. Source: freepik.com

After applying a pesticide, even an organic one, it’s always best to wash thoroughly with hot soapy water. That’s enough in most cases.

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Poison
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Corrosive

However, if the product is labeled poisonous (symbolized by a skull and crossbones) or corrosive (symbolized by a hand soaking in acid), it’s better to wash in cold water instead. Cold water closes your pores and reduces absorption. Showering with hot water, on the other hand, can open your pores and could allow more absorption.

Finally, wash the clothes you wore for the pesticide application separately from other clothes… and in hot water. In this case, hot water will remove more of the pesticide than cold water. If the product bears the poison symbol (skull and crossbones), keep the clothes for use during other pesticide applications only.

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Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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