Originally Posted by BigMo
alll of my craftsman plastic handled tools (mostly screw and nut drivers) stink or have a weird smell to them.....i attribute it to stuff on the skin getting on the handles or degradation of the plastic over time, cuz some of the tools are close to 40 yrs old now.....but wrenches and metal stuff? never stink
It's the type of plastic the handles are made from. There's not much you can do to get rid of the smell. When I was in Tool & Die, I had a bench mate that sat right beside me. In the morning, as soon as he opened his toolbox, you could smell it. One drawer he had was nothing but his plastic handles tools. Good Lord it's a smell that you don't forget for sure.
I've tried all sorts of stuff to get the smell off of the handles from wiping them down with alcohol, to wax and grease remover, to tossing some in the dishwasher. Anything you do is only temporary.