Cleaning pruning tools - is alcohol as effective as bleach?
When cleaning pruning tools to prevent the spread of disease in small fruits, is 70% Isoprophyl Alcohol as effective as a bleach solution? If the latter is used, how much bleach should be added to one cup of water? Can you suggest a site where this topic is treated?
Cuyahoga County Ohio disinfect pruning tools
You can use either bleach or alcohol with the following dilution rates for 1 cup total:
Household bleach: 1/4 cup. bleach + 3/4 cup water
Rubbing alcohol(70% isoproplyl): 1/2 cup alcohol + 1/2 cup water
Here's a chart with recommendations from the University of Florida, IFAS***
"Available Disinfecting Products*
***Check out the information in this fact sheet for specifics about how to disinfect tools in the field as well as general guidelines to follow when disinfecting pruning tools in general to prevent the spread of disease from the University of Florida,
"Disinfecting Pruning Tools," at:
Remember to always follow label directions when handling any of these chemicals.
I hope this information is helpful.
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