[Market-farming] stinky backpack sprayer

Flying S Farms farmerwantabe at hotmail.com
Tue May 8 16:39:15 EDT 2012


Wash it out with ammonia, it breaks down chemicals and herbicides

Catherine S
Hanging on by the seeds of our plants!


On May 8, 2012, at 3:25 PM, "Deb Taft" <deb at mobiusfields.com> wrote:

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> Hi All.
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> 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.
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> I have no idea what chemicals were used in it - pesticides? herbicides?  I was told that it was used for landscape purposes.
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> 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!
> 
> Deb
> Mobius Fields
> Sleepy Hollow / Waccabuc NY
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