Gardening can be a rewarding activity. It requires a lot of hard work, but once you are done, you get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor. However, as any gardener can attest, it is not without its pitfalls. One downside to gardening is the damage the activity can do to your hands.
Gardening can wreak havoc on your hands, causing cracks, calluses and awful looking nails. If the way your hands look is important to you, there are a few things you can do to keep your hands looking great when gardening.
Always wear gloves
We all know this, but it really is one of the simplest ways to reduce gardening-related wear and tear on your hands. Try selecting a pair of well-fitting gloves to wear when gardening. For projects where you want to be able to feel the dirt on your hands without actually putting them in the dirt, the website suggests wearing thin gloves such as Atlas Nitrile Touch gloves.
Another thin glove option is cotton gloves. If you choose to wear cotton gloves, know that water and dirt can make their way into them, so consider wearing a pair of surgical gloves underneath. To ensure that gloves become a habit, try having a few pairs stashed around your garden, so that you don’t forget to don a pair when you are working outside.
Prepare your hands before gardening
If you decide to go without gloves, scratch a bar of soap so you get soap shavings under each nail. Then, rub petroleum jelly on your cuticles and nails before gardening. The dirt will adhere to the soap and petroleum jelly. After you are done gardening, all you have to do is wash your hands to remove any dirt residue and scrub under your nails using a nail brush to remove the soap shavings. Farewell to soil and dirt trapped under your nails. Try using the soap and petroleum protection even when working wearing gloves.
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