How to Clean a Sticky Hose

Is that hose way too sticky when you pick it up to do its normal job? A hose is the most essential tool to use in the garden to give your plants a fresh drink. There has to be a better way to clean that hose. And there is. Instead of going out to buy a new hose after a winter without using it, you can clean it yourself. To prevent your hose from becoming all sticky here is a step by step process on how to clean your sticky hose. 

Why is it Important to Clean My Hose?

That shouldn’t even be a question. Homeowners should never let their hoses build up with dirt, mildew, or a sticky substance, That sticky substance may end up turning to mold which ends up putting the hose out of its use altogether. 

What Should I Use to Clean Rubber?

There are many kinds of rubber, which means that there are various cleaning solutions to help get rid of that sticky substance. One option is to give the hose a good soak in bleach. Bleach is one of the most effective ways to clean your hose, but bleach has a history of causing the rubber to crack or degrade. 

Degreaser is another helpful way to clean a rubber hose. If you’re lost on the right way on how you should clean your sticky hose go out to an auto supply store to get some advice. Generally, with the right cleaning tool, your rubber hose will be free from any dirt buildup or sticky substance that it comes in contact with.

Steps on how to Clean Your Hose

Not only should you clean the exterior of the hose, but you should also make sure that the inside of the hose is clean, too. Look at it this way. Your plants are getting a fresh drink of water to keep them healthy and strong. The only way to do that is to make sure that the inside of the hose stays that way.

Step 1: Get a bucket, fill it with three cups of hot water

Step 2: Then add 2 tbsp of mild detergent to the bucket of water

Step 3: Measure up to 1/8 of a cup of bleach and add it to the mixture

Step 4: When the mixture is finished, take the hose and either point the opening toward the sink or outside for drainage

Step 5: Place a funnel into one end of the hose and then fill it with the liquid cleaning solution

Step 6: Allow time for the time cleaning solution to move through the hose to let it clean

Step 7: Remove the funnel. Don’t forget to rinse it out and clean it

Step 8: Wash the outside of the hose and the ends with the cleaning solution, hold it under the flow of the water 

Step 9: Rinse the interior of the hose with a stream of clean water from a sink faucet. You will know when the inside of the hose is all clear when you don’t see any more suds or scent of bleach

Step 10: Lastly, allow the hose to sit on a flat surface to dry. The time in which it takes to dry depends on the length of the hose.

Using Dish Soap and Water

  1. Cleaning Solutions Made from Dish Soap and Water

All you have to do is fill a bucket with a gallon of warm water. By adding 1 tbsp of dish soap, stir the solution in with the water using a utensil until the soap dissolves. 

  1. Using a Damp Cloth to Clean the Sticky Surface

Then dip a clean cloth into the solution. Wring it out and then scrub the surface of the sticky hose firmly to clean it. Scrubbing the hose with a cloth helps get rid of the dirt. In this cleaning process, avoid using anything that has an abrasive side. It may only damage the surface of your rubber hose.

  1. Using Water to Rinse the Sticky Surface

Not all the dirt is gone from cleaning with a cloth. Now, turn on the sing and run the rubber hose under the faucet. This rinses away all the soap. If you have any cleaning solution that is leftover, don’t waste it. You can clean other rubber surfaces. Or if you no longer have use for it, dump it down the drain. 

  1. The Importance of Letting a Rubber Surface Air Dry

Once you have cleaned the hose with these cleaning solutions, its time to let it dry. Choose a sunny area for the rubber hose to air dry. Sunlight is the best way to break off all that remaining rubber that has built upon the surface. Just be aware that when the wet surface is drying, the hose could still be sticky. Use rubbing alcohol to get rid of any sticky surfaces that remain.

  • What you Should Avoid

Avoiding placing your hose under direct heat. It’s only going to damage the hose further. Also, avoid drying it with any tools like a hairdryer. Hoses are very long tools and blow drying it will only take forever. Nobody wants to wear out a hairdryer. 

Using Rubbing Alcohol on Sticky Surfaces

Using alcohol makes an effective cleaner for sticky surfaces on a  rubber hose. To get out of a sticky situation, wet a cloth with alcohol and wipe it down all the sticky areas. Once it is clean, then rinse it down with water.

  1. Mix a Paste Together. 
  • Combine 1 part of warm water with baking soda in a mixing bowl
  • Mix the baking soda with the water until it turns into a paste-like solution (add more solution if the mixture is too runny, or a add a splash of water)
  1. Cover Stain with Baking Soda
  • Spread the baking soda on the stain in a thin layer
  • Let the substance sit for a total of 5 minutes, it will absorb the stain
  1. Scrub with a Cloth
  • Scrub the cloth in a circular mothing across the surface of the stain. That makes the paste absorb into it more. Another tool to use is a toothbrush. Wipe any whatever paste that is left with a clean rag
  1. Reapplying the Paste with Vinegar
  • Never fear if you still see stains on your hose. Just sprinkle on another layer of baking soda. Instead of using a cloth like the first time, use a spray bottle filled with white vinegar. Once you have sprayed the entire hose, let it sit for 5 minutes before scrubbing it clean again. 


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