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Alternative to bleach for sterilizing

Discussion in 'Plant Health' started by Yellowdog, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Yellowdog

    Yellowdog ArboristSite Operative

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    I'm looking for an alternative to bleach for sterilizing my saws and tools after working with oak wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum).

    The last class I took, the forester said he would no longer use bleach after damaging his chainsaws. He stated the heat and petroleum products on a chain aren't good for the fungus but I would still like to sterilize my saws between trees especially when using a pole saw that just has a blade. I have looked at industrial strength Lysol and products like Barbisol that have been used for years on fungi.

    Anyone have a solution? TIA
     
  2. cuinrearview

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    There are some oxygen based sanitizers used in the brewing industry, where bacterial or fungal contamination is a huge problem. When I brewed at home I used a product called sani-clean in a spray bottle, but there are more powerful products out there.
     
  3. jomoco

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    I keep waiting for a tool manufacturing outfit to design loppers with detachable handles so the steel cutting blades can be heat sterilized, in a minute or two.

    Are you listening Corona?

    Jomoco
     
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    Listerine? Originally used to sterilize surgical instruments.
     
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