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Post  cygnus on 5/5/2015, 6:37 am

I just purchased a couple of used 275 gallon IBC totes for rain collection.  They still have a little Vitamin E oil in the bottom.  What kind of cleaner should i use to get the remaining oil out?  This stuff is sticky!  I plan on using a pressure washer, but i'm not sure on the "de-oiler."



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Re: 275 gallon IBC tote cleaning

Post  FRED58 on 5/5/2015, 10:26 am

WOW! That's a lot or rain water.

What I would suggest would be a rinse with high strength pickling vinegar (over 6% acetic acid) or cleaning grade vinegar (over 10%). The residue (will be like  salad dressing) can be used to kill weeds. Then I would rinse the remainder with water and biodegradable soap (like Camp Suds) or a mild dish soap like Dawn or Sunlight or a citrus soap like Citri-Clean (sp?). Then run some water through it, but a bit of mild soap reduces surface tension or as they used to say one place I worked, "it makes the water wetter", and it shouldn't hurt your plants (Its an ingredient in homemade bug spray).

How did you manage to snag a 275 gallon tote? (jealous).


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Post  sanderson on 5/5/2015, 2:20 pm

Bonner's liquid soap to cut the oil?


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Post  cygnus on 5/5/2015, 2:44 pm

@FRED58 wrote:How did you manage to snag a 275 gallon tote? (jealous).
Thanks fred.  I'll get right on it.  I got them from Craigslist for $50 apiece!  They were so cheap, I didn't mind driving the 240 mile round trip to get em.  It gets pretty darn hot here in the midwest in the summer.  I got two to make sure i dont run out of water.  I'm not really sure how much water i will use, but i'm about to find out!  LOL.


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Re: 275 gallon IBC tote cleaning

Post  NAR56 on 5/5/2015, 3:20 pm

I took my tote to the car wash place and just sprayed it out with the Soap setting. It cleaned it pretty good. I am sure DAWN liquid soap would work as well for cleaning out oil.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/6/2015, 7:33 am

We snagged 2 330-gallon NEW totes from Craigslist a couple of years ago.  DH hooked them up to a couple of gutters and we use that for the garden.  It was amazing how quickly they both filled from just those 2 gutters.

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