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Health and Safety

Pesticide-Contaminated Clothing

All clothing that is worn while handling or applying pesticides is considered contaminated. Pesticide-contaminated clothing must be handled with care. The clothing should only be handled by the wearer prior to laundering. If necessary, handle all contaminated clothing with gloves. Contaminated clothing should be washed daily in small batches, separately from family or other laundry. Always prerinse or presoak clothing. Use hot water and a heavy duty liquid detergent in the highest water level. Use longest wash time and line dry when possible. For more information regarding washing pesticide-contaminated clothing, please refer to the College of Human Ecology, Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design website [http://www.human.cornell.edu/fsad/outreach/programs/personal-pesticide-protection/resources/laundering-pesticide-clothing.cfm]