Santizing garden equipment is an important part of regular maintenance, just as important as sharpening and oiling your tools. Not only does sanitizing remove dirt and grime that can build up and affect the performace of your garden tools, especially those with moving parts like shears, but it also stops the spread of bacteria and diseases between plants. For many tools, like shovels and hoes, sanitizing once per season is sufficient, but sanitize those used to cut or clip plants after each use.
Spray each tool with water, removing as much dirt and debris as possible.
Scrub the tool with a scrub brush to remove any remaining dirt, as needed.
Measure 1 1/2 cups of bleach into a 1.25 gallon bucket or 7 1/2 cups of bleach into a 5-gallon bucket.
Fill the remainder of the bucket with water, stopping three to four inches from the top. Leave enough room to submerge the tools in the bucket without it overflowing.
Stir the bleach and water, mixing it well.
Place the tools in the bleach and water mixture. Wait at least 30 seconds to give the bleach plenty of time to kill any bacteria on the tools.
Remove the tools from the bleach and water mixture.
Dry each tool thoroughly with a towel to avoid rust. Tools are now ready for any additional necessary maintenance, such as sharpening or oiling.