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contaminated rain catcher

Posted by jmdanielson (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 29, 10 at 18:41

I have a 55gal plastic barrel that smells as if it once stored gasoline. I would really like to use it as rain catcher barrel...any ideas on how best to decontaminate? I have flushed a few hundred gallons of water through it, along with copious dish soap, but it still has a scent of gasoline. Thanks so much for any help.


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RE: contaminated rain catcher

You need to use a degreaser, I was doing remediation work in the oil industry for 2 years. We used mainly Simple Green or Equinox mixed with water to decontaminate equipment with gas/oil byproducts. You should be able to buy Simple Green at Home Depot.

What I would do is let simple green and water mix sit in the barrel for 24 hours. Empty and then proceed to scrub the inside with about 2 gallons of simple green water mix. I would then pressure spray the walls with water. Then finish up with a water rinse. It should be fine after that for garden usage.


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