Washing Pesticide Work Clothing

April 5, 2022
ICM News

After working with or around pesticides, it is important to properly clean your work clothes. Even if you wear personal protective equipment (PPE) over your own clothes, pesticide residues can be carried on your clothing. Before entering your home, remove your shoes and change out of your work clothes. Keep your work clothes separate from other laundry. Tossing your work clothes into the family laundry basket can transfer pesticide residue to other clothes and accidently to other family members. Many pesticide labels provide limited instructions for cleaning work clothes. In situations where no instructions are provided, follow these guidelines for washing contaminated clothing. 

graphic showing different washing instructions

A downloadable publication, Laundering Pesticide-contaminated Work Clothes, provides more detailed information.

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Elizabeth Danielson Extension Specialist

Betsy DanielsonĀ is an extension specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).