Bug Scout 1980
Avoid Clothing Contamination
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
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January 19, 1980

Clothing can easily become contaminated with pesticides.  Contamination occurs when mixing or applying chemicals, repairing application equipment, or when equipment malfunctions in use.

     Pesticide residues in clothing can enter a person's body through the skin.  Proper handling and laundering of pesticide-contaminated clothing is an important step in reducing exposure to pesticides.

     The following procedures should be followed when laundering clothing exposed to pesticides.

-Launder daily clothes that are worn when applying chemicals.
-Do not mix contaminated clothing with other laundry.
-Store contaminated clothing in a plastic bag prior to laundering.
-When washing, use hot water and the amount of heavy-duty phosphate-based detergent recommended by the manufacturer.
-Dry clothes thouroughly.
-Remove chemicals from washing machine by running an additional laundering cycle with detergent but without clothing.

     A little soap and water never hurt anybody, especially when used to remove pesticide residues from clothing.

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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