How to Wash Pesticide-Soiled Clothing

 
 
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Skin can absorb chemicals from inadequately cleaned clothing and equipment. Safe removal of pesticide demands special care in handling and washing of contaminated clothes:
  • Handle soiled clothing with unlined, nitrile gloves
  • Remove pesticide granules from cuffs and pockets outdoors
  • Discard any garment saturated with chemical concentrate
  • To discard disposables, place in a plastic bag and take to an approved landfill site
  • Wash the clothing daily
  • Wash separately from regular laundry
  • Pre-treat with a stain removal product or pre-rinse on pre-soak cycle of washer if an emusifiable formulation is used
  • Avoid overcrowding washer
  • Use hot water setting
  • Use full water level and normal cycle
  • Use extra heavy duty detergent
  • Repeat wash
  • After use, clean washer (run empty washer through full cycle with hot water and detergent)
Drying tip:
Line dry to prevent contamination of dryer. Line drying also increases the chemical breakdown of pesticide residues.
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on June 3, 2003.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 28, 2016.