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Old 08-30-2013, 10:37 PM
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After a few blood tests that showed a slightly elevated lead level I decided I would be more through washing my hands after a shooting or reloading session. I tried about a half dozen hand cleaners like GoJo, Lava, Goop, etc. and discovered that the old standby, 20 Mule Team Boraxo Hand Soap still beats them all out. It does a fantastic job removing all lead and powder residue as well as grease, oil, paint, etc.

Boraxo is a little difficult to find in the stores these days, but I found that they sell it on Restock-it.com in a five pound cardboard box for around $8.00. I still have some of the older round containers that used to be sold in the stores and have been refilling them with a funnel. GREAT GREAT product and is also available in Heavy Duty version if you REALLY get dirty. Just thought I'd pass this along...........
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:01 PM
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Thank you for that information. I currently use GO-JO seems to work ok. Also use "Simple Green".
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:06 PM
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Would like to add, use cold water! It keeps your pores closed. Dale
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:18 PM
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Lead is typically ingested or inhaled. It's very difficult to absorb through skin. I'd start looking at other source such as dust from tumbling not to mention ventilation in indoor shooting ranges.

If you're a caster make sure you do it outside in a well ventilated area and don't overheat the pot which can vaporize lead.

I use disposable nitrile gloves when reloading since I handle moly a lot and dislike black fingers. Works wonders, toss in the trash and forget about it.

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Old 08-30-2013, 11:25 PM
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I tried to wear the Nitrile gloves while reloading but I my hands sweat far too much and don't like wearing then for 4 or 5 hours on end. I just make sure to use the Boraxo and that seems to work very well.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:51 PM
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Lead is typically ingested or inhaled. It's very difficult to absorb through skin. I'd start looking at other source such as dust from tumbling not to mention ventilation in indoor shooting ranges.

If you're a caster make sure you do it outside in a well ventilated area and don't overheat the pot which can vaporize lead.

I use disposable nitrile gloves when reloading since I handle moly a lot and dislike black fingers. Works wonders, toss in the trash and forget about it.

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anything on your hands will end up in your mouth before long, humans are just dirty critters
That's why I keep the twinkies outside of the reloading room.
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Twinkies???? yOu have Twinkies?????
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:43 AM
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Try "Fast Orange".
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:59 AM
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Liquid "D"-LEAD soap is handled by Dillon Precision, Uniquetek, and Amazon.com

Dillon seems the cheapest at $2.95 a bottle.

I carry one in my range bag TOO.
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Liquid "D"-LEAD soap is handled by Dillon Precision, Uniquetek, and Amazon.com

Dillon seems the cheapest at $2.95 a bottle.

I carry one in my range bag TOO.
These are the folks who make the D-lead products - they have a whole line of products for reducing lead contamination. At one time, their products were issued to firearms instructors at a large 3-letter Federal Agency to help control blood lead levels. Seemed to work well; the wipes were very handy in the field as well.

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Old 08-31-2013, 05:58 PM
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There is no need to buy some fancy specialized soap. Any hand soap such as Soft Soap or Dial that has the ingredient EDTA will do the job.

It is a chelating agent that removes lead and general dirt stuff.That and a surfactant (most any soap) will remove lead.

As stated lead is not absorbed through the skin very well, mostly by ingestion or inhalation (or in the eyes)

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Old 08-31-2013, 06:04 PM
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I would figure that vinegar might be a good cleaner too...
Maybe not as good as the others, but better than plain old soap.

I believe Arm & Hammer powder detergent contains some borax, so that works too.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:33 PM
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How high was your lead?

I think I peaked at 49, I had some co-workers in the 80s. But we were working at an indoor range.

I think most people are blissfully ignorant of how dirty and disgusting most indoor ranges are, I've worked at more than one. Never again.
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