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Disinfecting Boots, Waders and Other Equipment
disinfection kit checklist

Disinfect prior to moving to another waterbody, watershed, or upstream site

There are several ways to disinfect your equipment. Choose the most practical method for your situation which will not adversely affect your gear. Please rinse disinfected equipment on dry land--away from state waters, and pour used disinfecting solutions into treated wastewater, like down a sink drain.

For Non-absorbent items (rubber waders, boats, canoes, ‘hard-sided’ objects)

  • Dishwashing Detergent: soak and scrub for at least one minute in 5% solution (add 6.5oz of detergent with water to make one gallon).
OR
  • Bleach: soak or spray all surfaces for at least one minute in 2% household bleach (2.5oz with water added to make one gallon). Bleach solutions must be replaced daily to remain effective.
OR
  • Hot Water: soak for at least one minute in very hot water (above 140°F – hotter than most tap water) OR for at least 20 minutes in hot water kept above 120°F (hot tap water, uncomfortable to touch).
OR
  • Drying: Drying will kill didymo, but slightly moist environments will support some organisms for months. This approach should only be used for gear that can be left in the sun for extended periods of time (i.e. a canoe that’s left in the yard for several days between uses).

For Absorbent items (clothing, wetsuits, sandals with fabric straps, or anything else that takes time to dry out)

Absorbent items require longer soaking times to allow thorough penetration into the materials. The thicker and denser a material, the longer it will require for adequate disinfection.  Bleach solutions are not recommended for absorbent materials.

  • Hot Water: Soak items for at least 40 minutes in very hot water kept above 140°F (hotter than most tap water).
OR
  • Dishwashing Detergent and hot water: soak for 30 minutes in a hot 5% detergent/water solution kept above 120°F.

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