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  1. #11
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    I got a tote from our local maple supplier and went to the car wash and used the high pressure rinse cycle. Started it out on the truck first to make sure it was nothing but water under pressure. Cleaned out the tote very well.
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    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoerBoel View Post
    When cleaning a tote that had sunflower oil/glycerin in it, what does everyone suggest as the best way to clean the tote?

    Dawn soap/any soap or no soap? I have read different answers to the use of soap.

    Once clean should it also be bleached?
    Try a product called Powdered Brewery Wash for the cleaning works great for oils / grease. Brewers and winemakers use it no smell no taste residue rinse rinse rinse then finish with Starsan (sp?) to sterilize. Jay
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    Put it in the bed of your truck, Fill halfway with water, Pour in bottle of Dawn dish soap, drive truck. Leave it for a week or so. rinse thoroughly and you will be good to go.
    2020 Upgraded RO to 2 post and 7GBS Gould Pump. 400 taps
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed
    2014 110 taps
    2013 35 taps

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    Why does everyone say "Dawn" dish soap? Is there something special about this soap?

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    Safe to clean up animals that have been involved in oil spills its gonna be safe to use to clean up your totes. Also helps cut out any oils that may be in the tote such as sunflower or vegetable etc....
    2020 Upgraded RO to 2 post and 7GBS Gould Pump. 400 taps
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed
    2014 110 taps
    2013 35 taps

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    I used to have a problem with mold and algae forming on the side of tanks until I cleaned with bleach. I now fill the tote with about four inches of water and add bleach. I leave in contact with the bottom for atleast 15 mins and then scrub with a long handled brush. I then lay the tote on its side and repeat for all four sides. I then drain it and rinse with water. I now also rinse my head tank between batches with water and then to the bleach wash at the end of the season. This regimen has helped improve the quality of my syrup.

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