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Old 06-18-2019, 10:09 AM   #1
kkatxo
Plastic Tub Setup - Chemical/Plastic Smell

I am using a Sterlite gasket latch box for my hatchling setup & am concerned by the chemical smell of the plastic. I thoroughly washed it with Dawn dish soap & water, but that didn’t take it away completely. I did some reading online which suggested using lemon, vinegar, charcoal, sunlight, etc as cleaning agents... wondering what everyone else has done that worked? I wanted to run the tub through the dishwasher, but read that the hot water could actually lock in the smell.
None of the setup videos or forums I read ever mentioned this as an issue or as part of the setup process, so I wanted to see what has been tried & tested before running to the store.
Thanks!!
 
Old 06-18-2019, 10:38 AM   #2
Cassato
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I am using a Sterlite gasket latch box for my hatchling setup & am concerned by the chemical smell of the plastic. I thoroughly washed it with Dawn dish soap & water, but that didn’t take it away completely. I did some reading online which suggested using lemon, vinegar, charcoal, sunlight, etc as cleaning agents... wondering what everyone else has done that worked? I wanted to run the tub through the dishwasher, but read that the hot water could actually lock in the smell.

None of the setup videos or forums I read ever mentioned this as an issue or as part of the setup process, so I wanted to see what has been tried & tested before running to the store.

Thanks!!
Just wait till they poop in there - problem solved!
Seriously tho they'll be fine

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Old 06-18-2019, 11:02 AM   #3
kkatxo
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Just wait till they poop in there - problem solved!
Seriously tho they'll be fine

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😂 Lol thank you. I needed that bit of humor to calm me down.
 
Old 06-18-2019, 11:33 AM   #4
bcr229
Is there a reason you're using the tubs with gaskets? Those are airtight. I've used the tubs without gaskets and have never noticed a smell with them.
 
Old 06-18-2019, 12:00 PM   #5
kkatxo
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Is there a reason you're using the tubs with gaskets? Those are airtight. I've used the tubs without gaskets and have never noticed a smell with them.
It is extra secure, has 6 latches around the box. I have 26 holes made in the box, so there is plenty of air flow.
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:25 PM   #6
AbsoluteApril
I like those tubs, kept a corn in one for a while, however I removed the gasket and it still was nice and secure.
 
Old 06-19-2019, 08:55 AM   #7
kkatxo
I identified the source of the smell; the suction cups on my Pangea digital reptile thermometers…
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Old 06-19-2019, 02:24 PM   #8
bcr229
Thanks for the update. I was thinking that maybe it was the gasket.
 
Old 06-21-2019, 06:38 PM   #9
JColt
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I identified the source of the smell; the suction cups on my Pangea digital reptile thermometers…
Funny, I had same problem a couple years ago. I didn't really notice but wife did. She asked me what was new and handed her one of the thermometers and she said, it's the black sticky things, lol.
 

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