It is inevitable. When working with soil and sand, your tools are going to get grubby just as your clothes will. Why bother, then, cleaning gardening tools? They’ll just get equally as dirty the next time you use them. Surely, though, we could say the same thing about our gardening clothes—and yet we will most likely throw them into the wash after a long day in the garden. We do this so we feel fresh and clean when we start work the next time—and the same principle applies to our tools. Clean tools are nice to handle and mean that we just might look forward to weeding that little bit more.
Furthermore, dirty tools might break more easily because the dirt gets in around the handles and could rust metal tools. Anyone who has encountered rust on your barbecue grill, for example, knows that rust is bad news. That is why cleaning gardening tools is important—let’s look at how often to do it and then how to clean gardening tools.