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Old 07-06-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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I'm using my aluminum stockpot as a cleaning vessel for bottles, etc. with oxyclean, and it quickly developed a deep black stain up to the water level, which I'm assuming is aluminum oxide. Is this a problem, or just unsightly?
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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Oxiclean and Aluminum don't play well together, buy a rubbermaid container or a crappy homer bucket to clean bottles in.

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Old 07-06-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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+1 on the cheap bucket. For about $1 more, you can buy a white food-grade 5 gallon bucket at Lowes.

Oxy is OK to clean aluminum, but you don't want it soaking in there at a high concentration for an extended time. For soaking/de-labeling bottles, our kitchen sinks work fine.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:13 PM   #4
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Not a problem just looks bad

An old farmers trick...boil some water and cream of tarter....It will make your pot look brand new
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