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How to clean sprayers

Posted by iamzvonko 5 (My Page) on
Mon, May 13, 13 at 8:50

Hello,

How do you all clean sprayers so you don't have to have a separate one for each liquid you want to spray. For example, just for my fruit trees, I have three separate liquids (dormant oil, copper and a 3rd I can't remember name of right now).

I don't want to keep buying separate sprayers but I'm also afraid of reusing them if there could be bad reactions.

Thanks in advance for any info.


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I use the same one for all fruit tree sprays. I just rinse it out.

I do have a separate one for Roundup.


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So you just rinse them out with water?


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i have a battery operated sprayer that I use for everything, except to kill weeds. You don't need a separate sprayer for that. Weed killers come in their own sprayer.
After I rinse out my sprayer, I put several drops of Dawn dish detergent in the sprayer and fill it about 1/3 full with water. I then spray out that solution, in order to purge any spray material that may harden and clog the sprayer. I do this every time that I spray.


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Yes, I just rinse with water. I do spray the water through the sprayer to clean inside the wand to keep from clogging.

Weed killers do not always come in their own sprayer.


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I have 2 sprayers. I use them for everything, even round up and ground clear. I just rinse them with water really good, also the wand. Never caused any problems yet.


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I always have a separate sprayer for herbicides. Just seems safer that way.


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Great. I feel much better now about just rinsing out with water and reusing. I think I'll just go with one for herbicides and another for non-herbicides.

Thanks everyone for your responses.


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Triple rinse with water info in sprayer guide.


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Perfect timing. I need to clean our sprayer out to spray my pecan trees with zinc right now. Had to use it this weekend with Grazon for pasture. I will wash out good with water and maybe run a little soap through it. I can't use my sma sprayer for them because the trees are about 75 years old and the small ones won't reach the top.


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gator_rider2, I got the part about the triple rinsing with water but I wasn't sure what you meant by "info in sprayer guide". Are you saying to look at the paperwork that came with the sprayer or that there is a "sprayer guide" somewhere on this site?

I did a search for "sprayer guide" on the site. It came back with a lot of hits but I couldn't find any that seemed to actually be some kind of sprayer guide.


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I learned to wash sprayer out for agriculture use same should apply home and Orchard sprayers.

A county agent should have sprayer guide book.
I got mind from crop meeting USDA and buying larger sprayers Boom and Fan sprayers.

Even I don't see triple rinse in this guide with water, because herbicide sprayer cleaner use sometimes twice then rinse with water = triple rinse.

Insecticides are more forgiven and triple rinse all need to clean sprayer there more to be cleaned than just tank. Loose material trash in tank be wash away by triple rinsing.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cleaning Field Sprayers to Avoid Crop Injury


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JUST RINSE WITH WATER THOROWLY AS FOR MIXING I MIX 4 DIRRERENTBSPRAYS IN THESAME SPRAYER


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  • Posted by olpea zone 6 KS (My Page) on
    Tue, May 14, 13 at 1:53

I've not had good luck removing herbicide residue from sprayers by triple rinsing.

I've rinsed glyphosate out of a sprayer poured the rinsate for the first couple rinses on the gravel. I thought the third rinse was safe so I dumped it on the grass. Killed the grass dead.

I don't spray that much herbicide anyway, so it's not a big expense to keep small sprayers for herbicides only.


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