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Dirty Hands…

May 19th, 2015

Even though I try to keep my hands nice & tidy during gardening season it’s difficult. I’ve been out weeding the back potager and the results are dirty hand and fingernails.
dirty fingernails
I scrub them up every night, but they never get 100% clean. Last year I purchased these Gardener’s Nail Brush that I really like. It works fairly well at getting all the dirt out from under my fingernails. I use one of my fingernails and one on my feet.
gardeners nail brush 2
It’s OK with me if they’re not super clean, most people know that I garden. They’ll be clean again once the snow starts to fly.

Do you have any tips for keeping you hands/fingernails clean during the gardening season? 

9 Comments to “Dirty Hands…”
  1. PennyAshevilleNC on May 19, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I’m glad I’m not alone…I try to remember gloves, but sometimes they aren’t handy when I am in the garden. I am thankful for my nailbrush!

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  2. Lemongrass on May 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

    My friend has a t-shirt that says, “I have gardeners’ fingernails”.
    I just make sure that my nails are cut short, brush them when the day is over. Then ever so often I spend two hours on the beach. The sand and salt water do and a wonderful job on hands and feet.

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    • bonnie knox on May 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      I really like this idea!! ~smile~

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  3. Misti on May 19, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I keep thinking that I want to paint my nails but then I think “I’m going to be in the garden this week”…and so I don’t. I try gloves but lately I need non-glove hands for getting weeds better.

    Oh well, dirt is good!

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  4. Nebraska Dave on May 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Susy, I found gloves that are sold almost every where in stores. These gloves are almost like a second skin. The palms and fingers on the palm side of the gloves are coated with a gritty flexible rubber coating for good grip and the back side of the gloves are a stretchy knit that hugs the hand and holds the glove tight. I’ve found that there’s not much that I have to remove the glove to accomplish. The down side is they are not very durable and don’t last long but they are cheap. I buy them for about five bucks for three pairs. One pair will last me a week or so. I still use the heavy leather gloves for digging, hoeing, and other major tasks. My nails tear easily so I keep them clipped short. This is the season for gloves and just like tools “the right glove for the right job”, don’t you think?

    Have a great dirt under the fingernails day.

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  5. Kyle on May 19, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I keep mine much, much shorter, with almost no white showing. But, I’m a massage practitioner and don’t have a choice!

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  6. carol on May 19, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I’m a nurse so my nails need to be really CLEAN. I use rubber gloves inside my garden gloves and never have a problem with dirty nails.

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  7. Monica on May 19, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    If you dig your nails into a bar of soap before you start gardening, the soap keeps the dirt out, as well as being easy to wash out. It also helps if your hands are well moisturized.

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    • PennyAshevilleNC on May 20, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Monica- that’s a great idea! I am going to try it today, thank you :)

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