[Market-farming] stinky backpack sprayer
deb at mobiusfields.com
Tue May 8 16:25:40 EDT 2012
Please indulge me if this is a stupid question!
Last spring I bought a used backpack sprayer because it was ridiculously
cheap and it seems to work fine. The problem I'm having is that it reeked
of chemicals when I got it and, after more than a year, it still does.
I've run a couple of mild soap solutions through it, a vinegar solution,
left it out in the sun for a few days and left it un-capped for all these
months. It still smells chemical-y.
I have no idea what chemicals were used in it - pesticides? herbicides? I
was told that it was used for landscape purposes.
Should I be concerned about the lingering odor or will any potentially
damaging residue be long gone? I'm not certified but I really don't want
to be spraying anything that would compromise an organically managed
field...or kill my crops.
Thanks for your help!
Sleepy Hollow / Waccabuc NY
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