I've been bleaching my hands before working with mushrooms, and am getting white spots on my cloths. What is the best way to sanitize your hands before I reach my hands into the moisture chamber to work with the kit?

  • How about using gloves? The disposable ones would need no special treatment and the thick ones can be sanitized without destroying your skin.
    – Stephie
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 7:27
  • sanitizing my hands in some way safe to the mushrooms is better in my opinion Commented May 31, 2018 at 7:45
  • If you are using full strength bleach, that's likely your problem. For most purposes a 10:1 water:bleach ratio is more than enough for disinfection.
    – Tim Nevins
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 20:35

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I think best might be subjective here.

Personally when working with mushrooms / mycellium I wash my arms & hands with soap and water & then put on disposable gloves. I then spray the gloves with a 50/50 water isopropyl alcohol mixture & let the gloves dry before proceeding with my work.

You can use this mixture on your skin too, although it will start to dry out your skin after a while. I do sometimes do this.

A mix of 50% to 70% isopropyl alcohol is a much better choice than bleach. It is less toxic & won't stain your clothes.

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