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Old 01-13-2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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I used all my buckets to mix SW in, so I bought three new buckets for my FW tanks. I got them at walmart, and they are the same buckets I've been using for years. When I bought them, I noticed the inside of the buckets looked glossy. They had a slight smell to them; kinda like new plastic, but much stronger. I rinsed them out, and as I was rinsing, the smell almost choked me. I filled them with hot water and the smell filled my entire kitchen.
They are regular plastic "cleaning" buckets. The same kind I've been buying for years. But I don't recall them ever smelling this strong before. Are they safe? Is it because they're new? I've had my other buckets for 4 years, so I can't remember if they had a smell when I first purchased them. Has anyone else had this experience?
Should I continue filling them with hot water and see if the smell subsides?
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Old 01-13-2007, 12:18 PM   #2
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You could leave them to soak for a couple of days or something, and see if it gets any better. Could be a coating of some sort inside them. If it doesn't go in a couple of days I'd buy some new other (non-smelly!) ones to be on the safe side.
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Old 01-13-2007, 12:40 PM   #3
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You could leave them to soak for a couple of days or something, and see if it gets any better. Could be a coating of some sort inside them. If it doesn't go in a couple of days I'd buy some new other (non-smelly!) ones to be on the safe side.
I agree completely-and can picture any one of us walking down the Wal-Mart aisle, smelling the buckets....
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It's not really doable this time of year, but I have read (on this site I seem to remember)where it was suggested to place them in a warm place like in the sun. This will heat them up and allow the plastic to "finish curing." I don't know if this is actually what is happening or not, but it may be worth trying.
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Old 01-16-2007, 02:14 PM   #5
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This just goes to show that Walmart really stinks :P
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