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Old 06-18-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default Need advice on removing smell from plastic container.

A buddy gave me two 1.5 gallon plastic containers that were used to store some type of protein powder. I am thinking of trying to turn these into 1 gallon fermenters for some experimental batches but I am unsure of how to remove the protein powder smell.

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I have soaked overnight in Oxyclean and I have heard of using baking soda.

Or, clean well, sanitize, ferment a beer in them, then they will smell like beer.

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There are some things you just cannot get out of plastic if its permeated the plastic. I would try a good hot soak in PBW. If that doesn't do it, they are probably a lost cause to get the smell out. I have tried to get the soda smell out of a 12 gallon plastic carboy/jug and never could. I tried EVERYTHIG from baking soda to PBW to Star San to just plain ol' dish soap. I even did an Oxyclean soak for 4 days and it just wouldn't come out. I cut the top off if it and use it for trash in the brewery.

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I will try a good hot soak in oxyclean since I don't have any PBW.

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I read somewhere that sunlight removes odors from spaghetti sauce jar lids, and that has worked for me. As far as your problem goes, I couldn't say it would work but might be worth a shot.

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Leave them open out in the direct sun all day, it worked for the 15 gallon plastic conical I have.

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Leave them open out in the direct sun all day, it worked for the 15 gallon plastic conical I have.
Problem is that the opening at the top is much smaller than the diameter of the of the container. It is opaque so I am so I don't think much sunlight will be able to get into this. However, I will keep this in mind for future use.

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