Oily Sand For Garden Tool Maintenance

Sink an old metal bucket into the soil and fill it with sand. Get some some old sump oil from your motor mechanic and pour it into the bucket saturating the sand. When you've finished each day in the garden dig into the oily sand with your spades and forks making sure each is well coated. It will prevent rust and rot where the wooden handle is joined to the garden tool.


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By Thrifty Me (Guest Post)
January 10, 20080 found this helpful

Wow, what a great idea! The sand cleans the tool and the oil protects it! I'm going to pass this on. Thanks!

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January 11, 20080 found this helpful

Great Idea! ... But, I'd use a plastic bucket, because the metal bucket could rust or have small holes in which the oil could possibly escape & pollute the ground water.


Hmmm, I wonder if you could use rancid cooking oil too?

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
January 25, 20080 found this helpful

If there's moist clay soil on any tool, that moisture is a perfect set-up for RUST beneath the oil coating.
I'd never use the sand to clean anything moist or
muddy, only fully dry. The oil will work great on dry clean tools, but cause rust otherwise, unless a stainless steel tool, which CAN rust, but usually doesn't. God bless you. : )

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