How do you clean a Nikon SLR and strap covered in toxic chemicals?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Danny D., Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Danny D.

    qrk Guest

    Urushiol is water soluble. If I get in to poison oak while hiking, a
    wash in the nearest creek works wonders. The camera strap can be
    washed in soapy water multiple times. Wear gloves! Clorox (sodium
    hypochlorite) works wonders on urushiol, but may not be good for the
    strap. I will wash off exposed areas on my body with diluted Clorox if
    I've had major exposure. On the camera, probably rubbing alcohol.
    Don't get any alcohol in the internal areas of the camera where it can
    contact electrical parts or lubricants. Be careful of transfer of
    urushiol by gloved hands.
    qrk, Jan 11, 2013
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  2. Danny D.

    Danny D. Guest


    Picture of the results:

    Thanks for all the advice.

    The Nikon D500 has been swabbed down with the 1:1:1 mixture of oxidizer,
    wetting agent, and surfactant (battery & memory card were removed prior).

    Surprisingly, the Nikon strap came out of the bleach wash wholly
    unscathed! It is in amazing condition, far better than it went into the
    wash, as it had never been washed before and it has gone camping,
    kayaking, skiing, trailblazing, climbing, cross-country trekking, and
    poison oak eradicating.

    Thanks again for all your help.
    Danny D., Jan 12, 2013
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  3. Danny D.

    Danny D. Guest

    Amazing stuff - whatever that Nikon camera strap is made out of!

    I should mention that I used pool liquid chlorine, which is 12% (i.e.,
    double strength over household bleach), and that I had placed the camera
    strap in with the whites (socks, underwear, towels, sheets, etc.) for a
    90 minute hot wash.

    I had fullyy expected the camera strap to turn white (or brown), and for
    the faux leather to peel off - but it all looks like it's brand new!
    Danny D., Jan 12, 2013
  4. Danny D.

    Savageduck Guest

    Next time think about protecting the camera. If you don't have a
    plastic bag consider getting a batch of Optech "Rainsleeves", they are
    relatively inexpensive protection and you will not be out too much when
    you discard one, and you can always use one for foul weather;
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    BTW: For both surgical gloves and any camera protection you use,
    develop a proper removal technique. Remove by turning inside-out,
    lifting from the wrist edge for gloves. Do something similar for the
    camera. It is also worth considering using a double glove method which
    would leave your hands protected once the contaminated outer glove
    layer is removed.
    Savageduck, Jan 12, 2013
  5. Danny D.

    Danny D. Guest

    I think I'll triple glove next time!

    I'm still reading all the patents but they make the stunning observation
    that the sap is one to two orders of magnitude more potent than the

    That dripping sap you saw in my pictures is almost pure urushiol!

    So, it turns out that my Nikon D5000 was exposed to a tremendous amount
    of very potent urushiol!

    U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,620,527, 5,011,689 4,499,086, 4,259,318, 4,002,737,
    3,862,331, 3,875,301, and 3,922,342.
    Danny D., Jan 12, 2013
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