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Old 06-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Contamination with laundry detergent

I have a 5 gallon bucket that I used for waste water when doing water changes. The other day I used that bucket for cleaning a pair of shoes in which laundry detergent was poured into the bucket. I rinsed the bucket out multiple times and even left it over night filled to the top with a generous amount of water conditioner in it. After that I filled it up in the sink with water and let the water over flow for a few minutes. Finally I boiled water with and poured it in the bucket before dumping it all out. Would it be safe for Aquarium use or should I just buy another bucket.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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I'd go the safe route and just buy another bucket.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:22 PM   #3
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Oh my! That's a hard call. If the bucket is perfectly shiny smooth everywhere on the inside with no roughed up spots, you could be OK. But think, is a $6 bucket worth the risk? I personally would buy a new bucket & keep the old bucket for future soapy chores and no temptation. Take care, OS.
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Yeah, it's probably ok to still use it (its a food grade bucket) but with my luck all my fish would die. I just bought a new bucket. Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:50 PM   #5
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Yeah, a $6 bucket vs $100's of dollars in redoing your tank due to contamination. I'd go with a new bucket.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:31 PM   #6
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I would get a new bucket, I have three 5 gal buckets with the lids that I only use for my aquariums nothing else, and when I'm done I rinse them and I keep the lids on them to keep them clean.
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