Tips to keep pesticide residues out of your home
• Change out of your work clothes immediately after work, preferably at your workplace.
• Store your work clothes and work boots outside the home, preferably at the worksite and separated from your street clothes.
• Bathe as soon a possible after work, preferably at your workplace and before being in contact with family members.
• Launder your work clothes after each use, on the day of use if possible.
• Women, especially if pregnant or planning a pregnancy, should avoid handling contaminated clothes.
• Use rubber glove to handle your contaminated clothing, which should be washed separately from the family wash.
• If you have a spill, discard your contaminated clothing at the same location you would use for pesticide containers (hazardous materials waste site).
• Laundry procedures for contaminated clothing should include a pre-wash cycle, heavy-duty detergent, highest water temperature, full water volume, a wash time of 12 to 14 minutes, and a double rinse.
• Clean the washing machine after laundering contaminated clothing by running the machine through a complete cycle with the full volume of water and detergent.
• Line dry clothes if possible to avoid contaminating automatic driers and to allow sunlight and time to degrade any residues.
• Vacuum your car or truck on a regular basis to reduce dust and pesticide levels.
• Bring agricultural chemical products home.
• Repackage/decant pesticides into another container.
• Recycle pesticide containers.