How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

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How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by vastman » Sat May 09, 2009 5:36 pm

I am fortunate to be able to get 55 gallon and smaller #2 HDPE containers from a local bulk food and bakery store. These containers are literally new, but had either honey or canola oil in them. I've had no luck googleing how to remove the oil to use these containers for long term water and grain/legume storage. Does anyone have any advice? thanks in advance!

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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Grace » Sat May 09, 2009 5:43 pm

There are a couple threads on cleaning these things out. The consensus is often to try hot, soapy water and some elbow grease and see how that fairs. If that fails to get it as clean as you think it needs to be, get it clean as best you can and get some kind of food grade plastic liner to line it with.
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by vastman » Sat May 09, 2009 5:54 pm

Thanks, Grace...

I'm trying this, except the containers are not open topped, that is, they have pour spouts and thus I can't get in there to use rags and muscles! I am searching the forum but haven't found much yet.

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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by 1EyedDeath » Sat May 09, 2009 6:33 pm

water and simple green...Roll around or drive with it in the bed of a truck for a few days..Rinse and repeat..
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Phoenix David » Sat May 09, 2009 6:53 pm

Will mine had teriyaki sauce so I did a couple of thing with mine.

Filled them up about 1/6 of the way with strong bleach and water combo, then placed them on their side and let it sit for a few days, then rotated till all of the barrel had soaked. Also did the same thing with a water baking soda mixture.

I also plan on rotating the water out 6 months from storage time and I laid in a good stock of water flavoring powder just in case there is a lingering taste.
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by herbalpagan » Sat May 09, 2009 7:17 pm

hot water and soap with a bit of bleach. After that, rinse with vinegar and baking soda, then again with water.
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Towanda » Sun May 10, 2009 6:15 am

Dr Bronner's Sal Suds is even better than Dawn dishwashing liquid at breaking up grease and oil. I'd suggest using some Sal Suds and hot water and roll the barrels around the yard for a while.
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Lenny » Sun May 10, 2009 7:17 am

I asked the same type of question and here is a link to the responses I recieved.
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Lurch » Sun May 10, 2009 8:25 am

A nice place to start, is at the car-wash. Find one that's got hot soapy water. That should remove the bulk of it. Don't try to do it with the barrel standing upright. Just lay it on its side, with one bung up and one bung down. Put the wand in through the top one.

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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by MacAttack » Sun May 10, 2009 11:19 am

Pressure washer with a 90 degree angle adapter.

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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by vastman » Sun May 10, 2009 10:53 pm

Thanks for all the great responses... spraywasher is great thinking!!! I'll be off to the self-auto wash as soon as I get the soil out of the truck... then, driving around with a couple of these barrels for the workday seems like productive work/fun!!!

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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Dirty Bill » Thu May 21, 2009 10:40 am

I have a drum that was used to ship olives. I cleaned the oil out with Dawn dish washing liquid. :)
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Chef » Thu May 21, 2009 10:51 am

Red Devil lye!
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by arrowolf » Thu May 21, 2009 1:41 pm

At the car wash.
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by spacecase0 » Thu May 21, 2009 1:54 pm

Chef wrote:Red Devil lye!
+1

this will convert the oil to soap then you can rinse it away.
you should only need a little bit.
I would fill it 1/4 with water, then put in a spoon full of lye, then top it off with water and leave it for a day.
then it should rinse clean with not that much effort.
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Merovech » Thu May 21, 2009 2:19 pm

vastman wrote:Thanks for all the great responses... spraywasher is great thinking!!! I'll be off to the self-auto wash as soon as I get the soil out of the truck... then, driving around with a couple of these barrels for the workday seems like productive work/fun!!!
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Ufdyixcaff » Thu May 21, 2009 4:13 pm

What about dumping some cat litter into the barrel and rolling it around for a bit?

Cat litter is just clay particles and is used to soak up oil spills in garages around the world.

It would at least snag the majority of the oil and you could finish it off with some dawn dish soap.

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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by DropZedFred » Fri May 22, 2009 5:10 pm

arrowolf wrote:At the car wash.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Talkin' about the car wash...

I'd go with Simple Green or any biodegradeable/less-than-deadly cleaner.
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Re: How do I remove oil from 55 gallon food grade containers?

Post by Dark Angel » Fri May 22, 2009 5:14 pm

1EyedDeath wrote:water and simple green...Roll around or drive with it in the bed of a truck for a few days..Rinse and repeat..
+1 on simple green and water. It is a food safe degreaser and cleaner
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