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My grubby hands

I like getting my hands in the ground/compost and find gloves cumbersome. But it isn't easy to clean up afterwards. Can anyone recommend something strong that doesn't give me rhino skin. I'm thinking particularly of ingrained stains under nails and by side of nails.



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,051

    I just use a nail brush to scrub my hands after working in the garden. It does make my skin rough though. I have heard that if you put hand cream on before doing any dirty work it helps in the cleaning afterwards. I've not tried it myself but I would think your trowel etc. might slip in your hands.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,780

    You're right Ladybird, the slightest hint of any wetness and you lose all grip as well.

    I find by the time I've shampooed my hair and showered the rest of me there's not too much left. But maybe I'm just not too bothered what they look like image, a good dollop of hand cream stops them getting too crispy-skinned but not just before the gardening

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,051

    I just like getting mucky! image

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • michael mpcmichael mpc Posts: 422

    hi ladys     I am going to look pansy to  you girls   but many years ago a mate I had allways used his hands and hot a scratch and  got  dermatituss  (hope spelt ok) for lots of yeard I have used hospital gloves  from a suppyler and cloth gloves for other jobs  I also buy big rolls of hand towels and to clean my hands I have alo vera medicated hand wipes (so must be a softy)     still never mind each to his  or her own    //

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    A good nail brush gets rid of the stuff between, under and around the nails. I don't use a hand cream, soft hands means too many thorns to pull out. Apparently scrapping soap under your nails before gardening works as well.

  • BreatheBreathe Posts: 114

    Maybe I use inferior brushes but they never help much. I will try the tip for soap under the nails beforehand- makes sense!

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    I sometimes add a drop of bleach to a bowl of water and keep my nails under the water while scrubbing. It also gets rid of ingrained dirt on fingers.

    SW Scotland
  • MynxMynx Posts: 101

    Now what makes me think you have your tongue firmly in the side of mouth Verdun??image

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