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Old 07-21-2020, 04:13 AM
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how to clean hand tools, please let me know. I have a tool box (hard plastic) which lives in the garage. One time I opened it and it smelled awful so I put a Bounce in it and left it open. It does smell better, but now all the tools are icky. We live in an area with very high humidity so I'm sure that's the problem, but I do want to clean them up and then I'll keep the box closed. Someone had told me to use gasoline. Really don't want to do that if there's another way.


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Old 07-21-2020, 04:18 AM
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Kerosene is safer than gasoline.
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Old 07-21-2020, 04:36 AM
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I really think they ALWAYS smell bad. Not sure there’s anything you can do about it.
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If they are rusty
Old 07-21-2020, 04:44 AM
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you can soak them in white vinegar. Much better than gasoline, etc.

My grandson found a rusty hatchet while digging outside. It was completely rusty. He soaked it in a pan of vinegar and then sharpened it. I was amazed how it was restored.

Maybe open the box and lay all the tools out in the sun?
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Old 07-21-2020, 04:47 AM
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I thought it was only my DH’s tool box that has a stinky odor. The tools never had been washed in 30 years!


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Thank you, all.
Old 07-21-2020, 05:21 AM
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I'm going to try the white vinegar first. Got it on the grocery list because I'll need lots.
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bar of soap
Old 07-21-2020, 06:10 AM
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I don't know how to clean them, but maybe that's why my dad always kept a bar of soap in his toolbox, to help combat the odor.
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Thanks, Kyleteachmath,
Old 07-21-2020, 07:17 AM
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I'll try that after I get them cleaned up.
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Old 07-21-2020, 07:50 AM
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For cleaning, I would say vinegar too.
But, I use vinegar for everything as fast as cleaning.


I swear by charcoal bags for odors. I keep one by my garbage cans in the garage (we aren’t allowed to store them outside per our HOA). I bought them for my friend to keep near her Diaper Genie and it completely blocks the diaper smell.

You can find them on amazon.
You put them out in the sun to “recharge” monthly.
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Oh,
Old 07-21-2020, 09:03 AM
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charcoal, didn't think of that. We have used it successfully for lots of things.

Need large amounts of vinegar? Costco to the rescue. Don't have a card, ask a friend to get it for you. Large bottles, cheap price. My DH used it to soak the rust off an antique, beautiful wrought iron park bench. Came out amazing.


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No Costco any where
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near my part of the US.
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Old 07-21-2020, 10:45 AM
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Baking soda soaks up odors too. Maybe put a bowl of that in the toolkit once it is cleaned up. We keep it in the fridge and in tubs of musty photographs too.
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Old 07-21-2020, 01:14 PM
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DH says to leave the tool box alone and just close the lid. Tool boxes are supposed to stink!
Sorry we were not any help.
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