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Maintaining Shovels

Martha Stewart Living, October 1997

Take 30 seconds a day to keep shovels, spades, trowels, and hoes clean and rust-free. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with sand, and place it near the entrance of your toolshed. Mix in about 2/3 of a quart of motor oil -- enough to dampen the sand, but not to soak it through. Whenever you return a tool to the shed, knock off the biggest chunks of soil, then plunge the tool's head into the sand a few times. Brush off the sand, and store the tool as you normally would.

Comments (2)

  • pberna 27 May, 2010

    I agree to usin veg.oil rather than motor.- vegetable oil would be more safe for food gardens. Also some people uniformed about lead in used motor oil might substitute it for economy's sake. I wonder if the vegetable oil sand mx would need changing-would convert or change characer after a while.iMinieral oil might be more suitable-but I don't know cost comparisons-Pat B

  • fashnface42 10 Feb, 2009

    As an organic gardener I would use a vegetable based oil; especially for tools I use on my food garden.