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I've had good luck getting propolis off my hands by rinsing with alcohol when I get back to the house. The current propolis issue is my handkerchiefs. I often slide my hive tool into my back pants pocket when I'm working in the bee yard and, subsequently, my handkerchiefs now have propolis splattered all over them. It doesn't bother "me", but I can't use them in public anymore as others see this and don't know its propolis.(somewhat akin to those scenes in the old Japanese horror movies when people are fleeing the monster...except this time it's my handkerchief.)
Any suggestions for getting those clean...or should I just replace them?
 

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Use one pocket for hankies and the other pocket for hive tool?
Take your hankies out of your pockets before working the bee hives?
Use cut up old sheets instead of hankies and toss them when they get dirty?
Get a little lightweight tool belt to keep your hive tool in when working the bees?
Use disposable tissues instead of fabric hankerchiefs to blow your nose?
Buy dark blue, black, or dark brown hankies instead of white?....
 

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My boy has camoflage hankies. It really is hard to tell when they're dirty.

I'd never lost a wallet in my life before I started with bees. Now I lose it at least once a year from pulling a propolis covered hive tool out of my back pocket with my wallet stuck to it. Even knowing that it's going to happen, I do it the same way every time.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions Omie. Good for future consideration. I'll probably have to replace these and be more careful in the future. Whence originate your avatar? Looks like a very cool superhero.
CP, Camo hankies...not surprising. Seems everything come in camo these days!
 

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A possible solution I have seen is a metal hive tool holder that is placed on your belt. It doesnt involve your pocket and the hive tool easily slides in and out of the holder
 

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I have strong but small (thin) ceramic magnet that I put in my pocket, The hive tool sticks firmly to it on the outside and is easy reach.

Scott
 

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It's just a strong magnet that I happened to find while buying some aluminum at a scrap yard. You could probably find a good one at any hardware store.

Scott
 

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could use a magnet from a CB anttena, i carried one in the saddle bags on my motorcycle to trip traffic lights, they are pretty strong. Jim
 

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I wear Carhart pants. The hive tool slides right into the pocket on the right side of my pants. Very handy and the pants wear extremely well.
 

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Keep that strong magnet away from your wallet with its credit cards ATM cards, etc. It doesn't take much to erase the magnetic strip on the cards, which will make them only useful as bookmarks etc! :eek:
 
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