Ballistol Garden Tool Oil

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Product: Ballistol Garden Tool Oil
brand: Ballistol
Retailer: Garrett Wade

Ballistol was originally formulated in the early 1900s to be a multi-purpose oil for soldiers: one oil for maintaining both metallic and wooden parts of their rifles, and for treating their leather goods. It turned out to be such a versatile oil that its use spread rapidly. It cleans, lubricates and protects metals, wood, leather (except suede), rubber and hard plastics. It never thickens. It is slightly alkaline, so it neutralizes the acid from sweaty hands and tanned leather. Its penetrating qualities make it useful for freeing frozen fasteners.

These properties make it ideal for protecting and maintaining garden tools. Wooden handles will not turn gummy after being treated with the oil, moving parts will be lubricated, blades will be kept rust-free and leather workboots will remain supple. It is non-toxic and biodegradable. It’s the sort of thing that once you try it you just keep finding more uses for it.

Available in a CFC-free aerosol and as individually-wrapped wipes.