How do you clean your gas cans?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Soupy, Feb 6, 2003.

  1. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    When my gas cans start to get dirt in them I buy new ones. But now I have a shed full of dirty cans. How do I clean them? they are empty. I was thinking about just rinsing them out.

  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    How many cans are we talking about? My cans have a built in strainer on the spout to keep dirt out. I guess rinsing them out would do the trick, but what would you do with the by product? Maybe a recycle center would take it.
  3. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    I know it's not safe, but I clean out mine with gasoline. LOL

  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    I found that letting dirt get in my gas cans was inconvenient and expensive. therefore I dont allow it.

  5. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    Byproduct? That's how I kill the weeds in my gravel driveway. I call it "special sauce".
  6. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    Oh, man, you're looking for trouble doing that. :eek:
  7. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    If your "dirty" cans are dry, just rinse them out with water. Let them dry out fully, and they will be fine. Just store them with the caps removed, and they should dry out just fine. A little bit of dirt in the cans really shouldn't be a problem, as most cans have screens inside the pour spouts, and your equipment should have fuel filters on the engines.

    If your cans are consistently getting really dirty, make sure you are replacing the pour spouts with caps after you use them.

    I have never had to buy new cans because of dirt, so I am trying to imagine just how dirty your operation is! ;)
  8. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,981

    I just rinse myne out and dump it in the rocks next to the bushes. I have had no problem doing this.
  9. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    Get yourself a funnel with a screen in it, put it over a empty gas can. Then take the dirty gas can and pour everything into the empty can through the funnel. I wouldn't rinse the gas cans out with water, can you say EPA violation. Besides that how much dirt can be in your gas cans.
  10. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    How is the dirt getting in the cans, I've never really had that problem. I would eliminate the problem.

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