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I use 5 gallon buckets with gamma lids to pick up my WVO from several restaurants. Needless to say, they get filthy. What is the best glyerine soap recipe to use to clean these? Will straight glycerine with water possibly work if the buckets are allowed to soak?
 
Registered: June 11, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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You will probably find that even partially demethed glycerine will degrease your buckets just fine. Toss a cup in there, add water and scrub a little. Should all come up easily. The warning here though is the residual methanol. If you do this please do it outside and upwind so no fumes come back and bite you. A keep a bottle of Absolut (vodka) around for when I am handling methanol in any way. The ethanol metabolises quicker than methanol ad as such the methanol doesn't get absorbed.



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I use water with KOH disolved in it. Wear gloves because it stings in any small cut and of course wear eye protection, good eye protection as in goggles.
 
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I like sawdust mixed with glycerin soap..I use the dirty WVO buckets to mix the glycerin sawdust logs..clean out the bucket at the same time.Smile

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The plain glycerine works just fine. I use a balled up piece of fiberglass windowscreen to scrub with (once the screen I'm using to strain the large stuff out of the WVO gets holes in it, it is then used to scrub the buckets out). I usually pour about an inch of glycerine in the bucket, add about the same amount of water (all approximate), and scrub. Hot water works well in the winter so your hands don't get too cold, but cold water works well too. I wash them between uses so the outsides don't ever get too gunky. If there is dried on gunk on the outside, the windowscreen does a good job of getting it off.
For disposing of the glycerine water mixture, I live in the country and pour it on the weeds popping up in my gravel driveway.
I hate washing buckets, especially when I've saved up a huge pile, but they sit in the kitchen area at the restaurants so must be relatively clean...I'm down to 2 restaurants that want buckets, the others put it back in the cubies for me.
 
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I'm down to 2 restaurants that want buckets, the others put it back in the cubies for me.


Buy 'em a large automotive funnel (about $5) and they might be more encouraged to cubie it for you. All of mine do it like that. None of the oil I get ever sees the out of doors until I pick it up.



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I tried that route already. I took in a large funnel with a small plastic box for storage of the funnel and they still wanted the buckets...
 
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Well, at least you tried.



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After reading your ideas, I decided to put 50/50 glycerol/water mixture in a 55 gallon drum only filling it half way. I then dropped the lids and a bucket into the barrel and just let them soak for a few hours. I was thrilled as they did not require any scrubbing. Just had to rinse them with the water hose. Sure does beat all that time previously spent trying to get them clean.
 
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Granted it was with glyc alone but with liquid soap made from it, but I had a very dirty pair of jeans and didn't really have time to do laundry just for that so I popped a cup of soap in a bucket along with just enough water to cover them, swished around to get the soap evenly distributed and left it alone for 4 days. When I came back and rinsed all the crud was gone as if I'd just laundered them. The stuff is amazing.



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Originally posted by Legal Eagle:
A keep a bottle of Absolut (vodka) around for when I am handling methanol in any way. The ethanol metabolises quicker than methanol ad as such the methanol doesn't get absorbed.


So are you saying that if you get a big wiff of methanol by accident and feel queezy you knock back half a bottle of vodka and that makes u feel better? Smile

Also legal, Making biodiesel makes your clothes full of grease and oil stains that don't come out. Do you have any luck putting some of your soaps thru the wash machine to get these out?
 
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Also legal, Making biodiesel makes your clothes full of grease and oil stains that don't come out. Do you have any luck putting some of your soaps thru the wash machine to get these out?

Yes. Use the glyc soap as a prescrub and then regular laundry or soak and then wash depending if it is really stubborn. I had a pair of jeans I used for kicking around and they got full of engine oil and furnace soot. I figured they were done for, but gave some glyc soap a go and when I was done they were clean enough to wear as casual dress.

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Administration of fomepizole (an inhibitor of alcohol dehydrogenase) or ethanol as a competitive binder to the enzyme, is used to treat methanol poisoning.

From : Forensic Pathology

Aussie doctor uses booze drip. In this case it was ethylene glycol but the principles in play are the same as seen in the above link.



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