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Do you know the pH factor of your pressure washer chemicals? pH is the standard of measurement for the acidity and alkalinity of substances. The pH of human skin is measured at about five, water is near seven, and the pH of most pressure washer chemicals is 11 or higher. Unprotected exposure to pressure washer chemicals with a pH of 12 or above can damage your skin. Always wear gloves when working with pressure washer detergents to protect yourself. Remember, it's not just your hands that need protecting. If your ungloved hands are contaminated with detergents and you rub your eyes, they can be injured as well.