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Washing my suit

 
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josephinesthompson
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:09 am    Post subject: Washing my suit Reply with quote

Hi everyone. So, my first bee keeping question... I have just been given a suit I can use and I am about to wash it. I already use ecover laundry gel but is there anything I could add/consider adding that would make the suit smell pleasant for the bees? perhaps a drop of some sort of essential oil or something... Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just warm water, never add smells
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last thing you need is to attract bees to you or your suit! It's best if they don't know you're there!
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many essential oils contain alcohols, some of which make the bees more inclined to sting. Much as it is a nice theory I am afraid it doesn't work though to be fair I have tried adding essential oils before realising this without any ill effects.
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