Plastic water containers

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:24
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Undoubtedly this has been asked before but I'm dammed if I can find it. Just bought a couple of 20l plastic water containers which have a fairly strong plastic smell inside. Any suggestions as to easy ways to remove this smell. By the way the water containers will be spending 6 months on the rear bumper of the caravan.

Thanks

John & Helen
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:26

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:26
Bi-carb of soda solution. Swill around and rinse out.
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Follow Up By: westskip - Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 22:05

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 22:05
Many thanks for prompt replies. Any suggestions as to quantity of carb soda to say 20l water.

John & Helen
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 07:31

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 07:31
Tbl spoon per lt should do it. I always try and store tanks full of water and change when ever I think of it - say three months. Storeing dry and open to the fresh air is best but then dust & creepy crawlies can get in. I have heard of a person who added a little lemon juice to the water when keeping a container stored full - don't know if this is effective or not.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 07:43

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 07:43
Should also have said that you do not need to fill container with 20 lt of water and 20 tbl spoons of bi-carb. Just a couple of spoons of bi-carb and a couple of lts of water and swill it all around a few times should do it.

Bakeing soda (bi-carbonate of soda) is very handy stuff. Do a Google search on it's uses - should keep you occupied for some time :-)
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Reply By: tonysmc - Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:35

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:35
Never tried it, however I have read that if you can put a plastic container into a freezer it takes away the pastic smell. If you have a large freezer you may be able to try this.
Tony
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Reply By: PradOz - Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:43

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:43
bi carb works. otherwise go to Camec as they sell quite a few different products designed for your problem. or look at their website and order over net. Camec are at Ingleburn and Kogarah in Sydney. Not sure where else.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:43

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:43
As well as the Bicarb solution, I store them dry with the lids off.
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Reply By: Member - Lost Dog(WA) - Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 22:14

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 22:14
If you are in WA there is a Camec in Welshpool Rd.
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Reply By: warfer69 - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 00:50

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 00:50
I find the Coleman foldable plastic containers dont have any trace of plastic as above !
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Reply By: Stef & Sal - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 12:21

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 12:21
Pour some Vanilla Essence (not imitation!) in the container, add water to top, leave overnight.

Stef
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Follow Up By: Rod - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 15:24

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 15:24
Vanilla essence - I'll second that. Used it in my plastic camper trailer tank
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:10

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:10
I would have thought you would need food grade containers . If you connect your van to mains water using ordinary garden hose you get a plastic taste. If you connect using food grade hose you do not get the taste.
Also maybe some of those plastic 20 Litre Jerry cans are made from recycled polyethelene & who knows what it used to be used for. Just a thought.
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