Asked on Jan 25, 2016

How to clean an outdoor plastic storage container

by Sandra
I have one of those outdoor storage containers that I keep all my gardening tools in. It's large and that outdoor heavy plastic. It's stained and I can't get it clean. Any suggestions ?
  9 answers
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jan 26, 2016
    You can try a heavy duty detergent, and try bleach. Scrub it down well and then power wash it.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 26, 2016
    you can try hydrogen peroxide and water or mineral spirits and water. Test a small spot first.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 26, 2016
    Hi Sandra You don't mention the type of stains. Depending on what the stains are, you could try a number of different products. Wink is a rust remover if you have rusty spots from tools. If it's mildew, try a paste of cream of tartar and peroxide and scrub it well after leaving it to penetrate. If all else fails, you can easily spray paint the container and give it a little new life with a Fusion spray from Krylon. No prep work required, just wipe the dust off and spray! Best of luck!
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    • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 30, 2016
      Maybe the Krylon paint would be the best to color and freshen up the stained piece.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 26, 2016
    Always take precautions when you're trying combinations of different cleaning solutions, too. Moving from one solution to another can cause toxic fumes or other harsh chemical reactions. As an example, the combination of peroxide and mineral spirits can cause combustion of the first product is not completely washed, dried and removed before using the second.
  • Norma A Commendatore Norma A Commendatore on Jan 26, 2016
    Try Oxi-clean.
  • Ann Ann on Jan 26, 2016
    I've used a Magic Eraser- worked great!
  • Roxi Roxi on Jan 26, 2016
    Awesome! This is a cleaner. The name is Awesome. It cleans anything, believe me. I use it full strength. Doesnt hurt your hands. $1.00 @ Family Dollar or Dollar General.
    • Sandra Sandra on Jan 30, 2016
      @Roxi i have heard of that before. i will definitely try it. thanks
  • Ronnie Sangiacomo Ronnie Sangiacomo on Jul 28, 2019

    Will this work on outdoor deck boxes

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 02, 2022

    Paint it! I did.