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Old 05-22-2020, 12:01 PM   #1
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Repurposing Box That Used To Hold Sewer Hose

I have a good storage box that I used to use tom hold our Camco Sewer hose in a larger motorhome. It was too big to put in the smaller Class C that we bought earlier this year and it has been sitting empty in our garage for months, now. Is it possible to clean it so that we could safely use it for storing other items? I don't want to take any risk with E-Coli bacteria. I always emptied the black tanks and then followed that with the gray water tanks and capped both ends of the sewer hose before returning the hose to the storage box. But, in the end it was a storage box for the sewer hose.



I was thinking of using a Lysol, anti-bacterial or bleach spray as a disinfectant. But want to make sure that would be enough. The other alternative is to simply toss the box out, which seems an awful waste. So now I am looking for opinions.




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Disinfect with bleach, let it sit for 24 hours, then re-use. It would be no different then the janitorial staff at a hospital. They do not throw away toilet seats after each patient. These days everyone is more aware of hygiene as they should be, but a good cleaning goes a long way.
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Unless you are going to store food in it, I would just wash it with Dawn Antibacterial Dishwashing Liquid and call it good. If you want, for good measure, you could then spray some bleach/water mixture in it, and rinse it out after 15 minutes or so.
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Thanks to both of you!

That is what I thought. And my wife swears by Dawn anyway.


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I have a good storage box that I used to use tom hold our Camco Sewer hose in a larger motorhome. It was too big to put in the smaller Class C that we bought earlier this year and it has been sitting empty in our garage for months, now. Is it possible to clean it so that we could safely use it for storing other items? I don't want to take any risk with E-Coli bacteria. I always emptied the black tanks and then followed that with the gray water tanks and capped both ends of the sewer hose before returning the hose to the storage box. But, in the end it was a storage box for the sewer hose.



I was thinking of using a Lysol, anti-bacterial or bleach spray as a disinfectant. But want to make sure that would be enough. The other alternative is to simply toss the box out, which seems an awful waste. So now I am looking for opinions.




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what material is the box made of?
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If the box is plastic a mixture with bleach will sanitize it.
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That is what I thought. And my wife swears by Dawn anyway.


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When I was in the working world, a truck load of hog fat was in a accident spilling its load all over the highway. It was truly a slip and slide time. We used a road grader to scrape as much as we could then called in fire trucks to hose down the area. But the road was still very very slippery. The makers of Dawn (P&G) sent several 55 gallon drums of Dawn to us to try. Guess what.....it worked!
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what material is the box made of?
It is plastic.
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It is plastic.
good. the disinfecting advice you received should work for you.
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I bleach my sewer hose container regularly. If not used for hose I would throw it out and buy new one for other purposes. I would always be thinking about what the box was used for before repurposed. Not worth the $15 to save. Just me.

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