I heard about this tip years ago and have found it to be the most convenient way to keep my garden tools clean on a daily basis.
5-gallon bucket or other large container
play sand – enough to fill your container of choice
Fill the container with play sand (leaving a few inches of work room at the top). Take your dirty garden tool and work it back and forth in the sand, until the tool becomes clean. It’s okay if some sand remains on the tool, as the sand will wick away any remaining moisture, helping to prevent rust. Although I usually give my shears & pruning tools a good wipe down, just to make sure there isn’t any moisture on them before I close them and put them away.
Now, if you’re doing this for the first time and you have never cleaned your tools before, you will probably have to give them a good thorough scrubbing first! Then use this method as a daily cleaning maintenance. Of course, if you get something super sticky on your tools like sap, this cleaning method probably won’t cut it. But for my everyday gardening needs, I find this method to work out great.
Be sure to store your sand bucket in the most convenient location. I keep my bucket in my shed, next to where I store my tools. That way I am sure to always use it!
I love learning new things! So be sure to share any of your awesome gardening tips with me!!
Until next time,