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Old February 1st, 2008, 04:51 PM
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How to sterilize tools?

This fall I am going to begin some light pruning on my little grafts. A few recent threads got me thinking. How exactly do you all sterilize your tools? Probably overthinking this but just wanted to make sure I got it right

1) I have seen mainly bleach solutions mentioned. Is this correct? what percent solution ?

2) Do you just dip the tool briefly before going from tree to tree?

3) 'Fess up. Does everbody here sterilize their tools?

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Old February 1st, 2008, 05:28 PM
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Re: How to sterilize tools?

Definitely NOT bleach - it corrodes the blades, creating small pits in the metal which hold infection more effectively. Use a non-bleach sterilising fluid, I've heard 'lysol' recommended. Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is also fairly good.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 09:00 PM
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Re: How to sterilize tools?

It's here

http://www.puyallup.wsu.edu/~Linda%2...ng%20tools.pdf
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Old February 1st, 2008, 09:35 PM
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perfect - thanks all!
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 04:59 PM
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Re: How to sterilize tools?

Hi Paxi,

I use small jars and keep them filled with rubbing alcohol, pretty cheap stuff. I have a jar in each greenhouse that way I won't get lazy and not dip repeatedly. Ha! Sam
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Old February 4th, 2008, 01:50 AM
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Re: How to sterilize tools?

Liquid based disinfectants are cumbersome for field use. I prefer flaming, with a gas-based lighter; except in windy days when I fall back to liquid solutions.

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Old February 4th, 2008, 08:15 AM
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Re: How to sterilize tools?

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I prefer flaming
How hot do you let the blade and anvil get before next use? I'd think it would have to reach at least 60C throughout (including right up to the hinge where plant sap may accumulate) for sterilisation, which would then take some time to cool off again.
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