Clean nails after Gardening

@rainbow (6763)
March 20, 2007 12:18pm CST
As it is spring in England I have started popping pretty little plants in planters and the garden. I have discovered a good way of stopping all that compost going under your nails. Simply press your nails into a bar of soft soap before you start gardening, it really helps.
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@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
23 Mar 07
Why the dirt in the nails proves you are a gardener. Ok im still a kid who loves to get dirty sorry. Its actually a good idea I may try it when i grow up but for now im gonna pretend im a kid again. I hope my dad doesnt get mad again when i use his spoons in the mud hehehe.
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@rainbow (6763)
23 Mar 07
You dirty girl, lol! My mum never got over me using her silver cake slice, bless her, I like to play in the muck too and me and my boys are often really dorty after palying out, lol. Isn't that what spoons are for?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
23 Mar 07
So that's where all my spoons have gone huh? Hahahahaha! You're coming over and help plant this year if you want any of my veggies girl. And no you aren't using my spoons. LOL
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@rainbow (6763)
23 Mar 07
ha-ha minnie - daddy caught you, lol!
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I don't know why, but my nails seem to get dirty daily. Maybe I should do that everyday or something. But then I'll still have something under them. It's odd how it can seem like you aren't doing anything, and nails still get dirty. Maybe I need to trim them more than once a week so that there is never any white part to get dirty.
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@rainbow (6763)
24 Mar 07
Pigglies, you work outside with marine animals nothing short of gloves if going to help and it's nice to have nails if you can, don't cut them too short, you want them to look pretty when you go for wild nights out after all!
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I wear latex gloves at all times when working with marine mammals, so that's actually the one time my nails don't get dirty. It's funny because when I'm working at the office, every 2 hours it seems like I'll notice my nails are dirty. I can't figure out what possibly gets under them! I can't stand growing my nails out for much more than one week. I never saw a point in long nails. That's one thing I wouldn't want in a girlfriend either, long nails.
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@rainbow (6763)
25 Mar 07
Ha-ha, lol. is it a very dusty office pigglies? I used to find that the filing room was ther worst place for getting dirty nails, and post opening seemed to be a dirty job too. I have no idea what you can do at work, lol.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
21 Mar 07
That's a very good tip, rainbow. I used to always forget to do that b4 going outside to 'play' in the soil until I finally just put a bar of soap in a sealed container and just leave it in the shed by the door. I always go to my shed for my gardening tools b4 heading out to do some serious digging.
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@rainbow (6763)
21 Mar 07
Thats really clever, doesn't the soap get hard and crumbly out there? I thouhg I'd discovered this and would share it, but it seems everyone else already knew, lol.
• United States
21 Mar 07
Not really. It's in a sealed container to prevent it from drying out. If it does get a lil dry, I just put a few drops of water in the container and it's soft again for the next use. I'm always working out in my yard everyday so the bar is pretty much used up by the time winter comes.
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@rainbow (6763)
21 Mar 07
You are so good, my garden isn't big enough for me to garden every day so I just try to makeit pretty.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Wow, I sure hope that works for me. I have such a hard time cleaning my nails after gardening. It can take a couple days to get them under control after I am finished. I will try your method as soon as it is gardening season. If spring ever comes. I am so tired of winter.
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@rainbow (6763)
20 Mar 07
I was using a white pencil that I use when I wnt pretty nails and thought about it. I tried moisturisior but it tends to soadk in. soap seems to help, I'm going to try rubbung some soft soap around my nails too, it seems to help so it's worth a try. Of course I should wear gloves really, lol.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
It is no fun if you wear gloves. LOL Thanks for Best Response
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@rainbow (6763)
4 Apr 07
I know, I hate gloves, but I forget to do this too, lol - how do I stop my feet getting dirty out there, Shrek goes spare at my mucky feet, lol!
@hezoid (2147)
13 May 07
I've heard of this tip before. I don't tend to do much gardening myself, but usually if i do i will wear gardening gloves as i like to not only stop my nails getting dirty underneath but also stop them from breaking, and protect my hands from being scratched! However, don't you find that you get dirty nails even if you wear those gloves? I do!
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@rainbow (6763)
15 May 07
I hate to wear gloves at all if I can help it, the only good time for gloves is washing up in really hot water, if you put plenty of moisturisor on your hands before the gloves the heat helps it be asborbed into your skin. lovely soft hands but still doesn't make me want to wash-up - how about you? lol
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
24 Mar 07
My trick to clean nails after gardening is a nail brush or washing dishes. I also wear gloves most of the time unless doing detailed work.
@rainbow (6763)
24 Mar 07
Well done for wearing your gloves, we all should really, but this helps a bit for those who won't, lol.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I have another suggestion that is cheap as well. I buy a box of surgical gloves and wear them. Toss them out when done. Clean nails and clean hands also. Also I've bought those rubber gloves for dishwashing etc. They last a few months and aren't too exspensive either. I do a lot of gardening so these help my hands stay clean. Thanks for this discussions also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
@rainbow (6763)
23 Mar 07
That might be better for me, I hate that gloves stop me feeling what I'm doing, they get in the way, maybe surgical gloves would be a good idea. Hope you foind your soppons, lol!
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
23 Mar 07
Hey there Sweet Well that is a good Idea but I could not stand the Soap under y Nails lol and I used to wear Gloves Love and Hugs to you
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@rainbow (6763)
23 Mar 07
What a good girl to wear your gloves gabs, lol. Will you even manage a hanging basket or a planter near your door this year? I hope you can do things like that, or a window box for your flat, it would be nice for you. Love and hugs, hope you are having a good break!
23 Mar 07
Thanks for the tip. I shall have to remember that one. I usually just wear gloves. It is a bit early to be putting your plants out yet. I usually wait till late April or very early in May. You just never know what is around the corner with the weather. We've had snow for the first three days of this week. It is still getting below freezing at night. That is too cold for the little plants. I hope you are covering them up at night. It is supposed to get down to -5C on Sunday night. I didn't catch what it will be in England as I am only concerned with the weather in Scotland. I'll have to get a bar or two of soap as we usually use the liquid kind. Thanks again for your tip.
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@rainbow (6763)
23 Mar 07
Well done for wearing your gloves! My little plants are a bit confused, they have been outside at the garden centre and now they are in their planters looking pretty but they have had a couple of little hailstorms to contend with, cood job there. I'm glad my little plants only have East Coast England weather to contend with anad are fairly well sheltered along the side of the bungalow near the fence. It's been so nice here everyting had started early this year, I have no idea whats happened to the weather, it's gone a bit mad!
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
23 Mar 07
What a great idea. I do lots of gardening so this will help. Thanks.
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@rainbow (6763)
23 Mar 07
Got to be worth a try anyway, have fun in the garden!
• Canada
22 Mar 07
Oooh thanks for that tip. We've been getting a lot of rain here in Vancouver but I think it's warming up enough that I can start going to the Garden Center and looking at what they have in the way of plants that like Shade. I hate living on the North side of the building. We get no sun whatsoever, but I was at least hoping to find something colorful to look at and enjoy out of my windows. Thanks for the tip though. I shall definitely be keeping this in mind when I start planting things.
@rainbow (6763)
22 Mar 07
We should all wear our gloves really, but I don't like them, this helps a bit, worth a try anyway.
• United States
22 Mar 07
what a good idea, i usually just wear gloves. i just had my nails done today too. i plan on planting this weekend. thank you for the tip
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@rainbow (6763)
22 Mar 07
You really should wear yourgloves, especially after an exensive manicure, lol. You can damage your nails not just get them dirty, this is for lazy people who won't wear their gloves to try, lol. If you look after your nails, wear your cloves please.
@14missy (3185)
• Australia
21 Mar 07
I have read this before but am too lazy to do it! I usually get the urge to weed when I am already ion the yard and it would be an effort to get some soap etc. I wear gloves a lot of the time now because I had to go to hospital to have a rose thorn out under general anaesthetic once as it was embedded in my tendon in a finger. A good lesson you would think!
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@rainbow (6763)
22 Mar 07
You are as bad as me, I never remember to put the gloves on and get cut and thorns and stingy things. I hope nothing like that happens to you again - wear your gloves! I thought I'd discovered this but it seems everyone else already knew, lol. I tend to work on the instant gardening theory - if it's too much like hard work I don't do it, I like plants that you put in once that either keep coming back or stay all year. That way I only have to do pretty planters and hanging baskets. I don't have enough garden to spend a lot of time on it, but I do as much as I can really.
@Lisa_W (13)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Great...I'll have to try that. I hate wearing gardening gloves. I guess it's part of the experience. But it is a pain trying to get my hands clean.
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@rainbow (6763)
21 Mar 07
I've not found any gloves I can get on with yet either, maybe this is a help, but not to glove standards, worth a try anyway.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I knew this one and found that I don't like it since it falls out from under my nails. I use gardening gloves. I can't wait to feel the dirt in my hands and apply our homemade compost to the beds and work the ones that have been improved so that they do not need a rototiller. I am glad you are active in this and pray that you have a great harvest to share with your family and all your friends as well.
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@rainbow (6763)
20 Mar 07
I tried it with that soft soap thats been soaking up water a bit, it's ok if you don't have much to do. I haven't enough garden for a harvest, just enough for a few plants, and flowers really. I have planters on my front driveway and down the side of the bungalow, I am thinking about getting an allotment but I don't know how much time I would be able to put into it, maybe when both the boys are in full time school, I'll be able to, they like to help but I ddon't know if I'd get much done, lol.
@EagleEyes (646)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Thanks for the tip, I will definetly try it if it ever warms up here. Sometimes it's really hard to get all that dirt out from under your nails, or you have to cut them just to get rid of the dirt. This is a good tip to know. Thanks for sharing it!
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@rainbow (6763)
20 Mar 07
I thought about it when I was putting the white pencil under my nails as this helps with normal dirt. I tried moisturisior but ittends to soak in. Soap seems to help, you could run a little around your nails too, its worth a try. It's snowing herre now so I don't know how my little plants are going to cope.