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Best method to clean jerry can?

I put a bit of fuel in mine along with some seafoam and gave it a “swisharoo”, and a dump. Thought that did the trick, but last night I noticed there were some “grungies” still inside.

Wondering if I can dump the fuel, leave cap off until everything dries out. Then I’m thinking of flushing it with water and then let it dry out upside down for a day or two.
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Take a bunch of old bolts, nuts and whatever else. Steel shot, buckshot and dump a pound of them in there. Add some water and shake the living daylights out of it. Rinse out with soapy water, rinse again.with clear water and swish some kerosene and drain well, for a few hours. Done and done.
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Kerosene is terrific for the final rinse because it leaves a residue to coat the inside but yet mixes with gasoline going forward.

A solid suggestion Micah.

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I forgot to mention the jerry can is plastic, not metal. I’m guessing the nuts and bolts, buckshot, etc are for a metal can?

For plastic can I skip that step and go straight to soapy rinse, then clear rinse, followed by a kerosene swish, and dry?

Same would apply for fuel tanks?
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I forgot to mention the jerry can is plastic, not metal. I’m guessing the nuts and bolts, buckshot, etc are for a metal can?

For plastic can I skip that step and go straight to soapy rinse, then clear rinse, followed by a kerosene swish, and dry?

Same would apply for fuel tanks?
If it is plastic I would still empty a small pack of kid's BB gun BBs in there, along with some kerosene, and gently swish for a few minutes. Let it sit for a couple hours or so with the bb/kerosene still in it and swish again. Empty it and wash well with soapy water.

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If you have grungies in the container, plastic or metal, nuts would be the best because of the pointy corners. With plastic, you can skip the kerosene, no need to coat. Kerosene is less explosive than gasoline and less vapors are left thus also less explosive. Soap and water is best. I prefer Krud Kutter, Dawn is an alternative.

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+1 for soap and water with nuts for the plastic cans. And the pressure of the hose will help.

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I’d like to start using trufuel in my trimmer and chainsaw. Would the same apply to cleaning out the fuel tanks on these machines?
Or can I simply dump the old fuel, swish out with some seafoam, and let it dry before trufuel ?
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I've had good luck with the trufuel, and just started a Toro lawnmower that had not been fired up in two years quite easily.
I did have problems starting a Honda generator EU2000i after I left Trufuel in the carb bowl for 6 months.(photo)
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