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Old 01-20-2011, 09:19 AM   #1
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Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

What is your preferred cleaner for Oil and Diesel spills?
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:44 AM   #2
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Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

zep industrial purple degreaser

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Old 01-20-2011, 01:24 PM   #3
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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

I like Joy dish washing soap. Can use it straight or in a bucket with water. Rinses clean and then there is that lemon fresh sent. Use Joy for all sorts of cleaning projects including washing the outside of the boat. Works great to remove salt and is* environmentally safe.

Disposable rags make the clean up go much quicker. Walmart sells bundles of 16 assorted color washcloths for $4. Just the right size, tough and absorbent for 25 cents each.

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Old 01-20-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

I use oil diapers to pick up the liquid, then simple green or joy to clean the residue.

I buy the diapers in bulk (100) from McMaster-Carr and keep a dozen or so on the boat at all times.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:47 PM   #5
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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

I have always used simply green.
I am liking the idea of putting a diaper on my engine though!
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:48 PM   #6
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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

Okay, one of you needs to change your avatar...they are almost exactly the same and I always have to look at the name and not the picture....IOW, one of you could be "charged" with something the other says....
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:01 PM   #7
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Picky picky! Baker, your eyes must be going bad in your old age!
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Have you moved "down under"?
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:28 PM   #9
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Rick,
yes, it is what is known as an "Australian Monk," not to be confused with a platypus.
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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

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I like Joy dish washing soap. Can use it straight or in a bucket with water. Rinses clean and then there is that lemon fresh sent. Use Joy for all sorts of cleaning projects including washing the outside of the boat. Works great to remove salt and is* environmentally safe.
A number of years ago I had a fisherman client who used Joy to clean up what he called "a bit" of bilge oil which he then pumped overboard. He got fined $5k by the CG for using an "illegal dispersant". Can't recall whether he also got fined for casting a sheen upon the waters, but I remember the Joy part.

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Old 01-20-2011, 03:51 PM   #11
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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

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I like Joy dish washing soap. Can use it straight or in a bucket with water. Rinses clean and then there is that lemon fresh sent. Use Joy for all sorts of cleaning projects including washing the outside of the boat. Works great to remove salt and is* environmentally safe.
A number of years ago I had a fisherman client who used Joy to clean up what he called "a bit" of bilge oil which he then pumped overboard. He got fined $5k by the CG for using an "illegal dispersant". Can't recall whether he also got fined for casting a sheen upon the waters, but I remember the Joy part.Joy is a great cleaner, but as David said, it is illegal to use it as a bilge cleaner and then pump overboard. The problem is that it is just superficial as far as actually breaking down the oil. The result is the oil goes to the bottom, and does the very damage we don't want done. But, the careful use of it can result in a sparkling engine room. Just shut off your bilge pump until you have captured all the joy and other good stuff. Don't forget to turn the pumps back on.*

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Old 01-20-2011, 07:42 PM   #12
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Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

Use anything you want to clean the bilge....but before you put ANY cleaning product, especially detergent into the soup, ya GOTTA use the oil absorbent "pillows" or "diapers" to soak up all the oil or diesel. 'Cuz detergents, degreasers etc emulsify oil and diesel...and once that happens the pillows/diapers can't pick it up any more.

Replace 'em as often as needed till all the oil has been soaked up, then dispose of 'em in the approved place for oily stuff. NOW you can clean the bilge without any need to turn off the bilge pumps...really CLEAN it for a change, which includes rinsing ALL the dirty water out and then drying out the bilge,* instead of just dumping some cleaning product into it and calling it done.



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Old 01-21-2011, 04:22 AM   #13
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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

The Hooligan Navy goes nuts when one squirts Joy from the bottle to a oil sheen from the deck of a boat.

But fines are fine cash flow ,

now that most drugs pour over the southern border by the tons ,in uninspected trucks, there are few boats to seize , or even smash up "searching" .
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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

Any product used as dispersant is illegal. Peggy nailed it- you have to have the oil removed or separated from the bilge water to be in compliance.
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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

Diapers to soak/clean up most of it and Clorox Spray to clean and bleach.* We use Clorox spray for thing we want clean and white. Joy is good also.*Do not pump over board as the shine police will be knocking on your boat.*
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"Okay, one of you needs to change your avatar...they are almost exactly the same and I always have to look at the name and not the picture"

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RE: Best cleaner for Oil/Diesel?

Most of the people I know use Dawn, not Joy, but if you're using either to break up oil or gasoline spills on the water, you're doing something illegal. Of course, the spill was illegal to start with. The detergent just lessens the chance of getting caught.

What I want to know is, how to get engine oil out of carpet. I just spilled some today. More of a "drip" than a spill, but it's noticable. I blotted all I could with paper towels.
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Most of the people I know use Dawn, not Joy, but if you're using either to break up oil or gasoline spills on the water, you're doing something illegal. Of course, the spill was illegal to start with. The detergent just lessens the chance of getting caught.

What I want to know is, how to get engine oil out of carpet. I just spilled some today. More of a "drip" than a spill, but it's noticable. I blotted all I could with paper towels.
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Most of the people I know use Dawn, not Joy, but if you're using either to break up oil or gasoline spills on the water, you're doing something illegal. Of course, the spill was illegal to start with. The detergent just lessens the chance of getting caught.

What I want to know is, how to get engine oil out of carpet. I just spilled some today. More of a "drip" than a spill, but it's noticable. I blotted all I could with paper towels.
********* Ron, Do Camanos have carpeted engine rooms?** Try some Spray Nine it is pretty good on stains.** JohnP

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Brake clean.
It smells like a dry cleaning shop, and it works.
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