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    Cleaning Plastic Storage bins

    Hi Folks,

    I haven't posted in quite a while.

    We use NSF approved plastic bins to store roasted coffee. Trouble is, coffee oil has started to build up.
    Any suggestions for how to clean them out? I'd rather not use vinegar or soap. Both leave a funky smell or taste, that's almost as hard to remove as the oil.

    Thank you!
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    I probably would simply make up a solution of warm water and a bit of espresso machine cleaner. It should break up the oils.

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    There is a powdered coffee machine cleaner caller Urnex that works well on plastic containers. Depending on the size of your containers, I'm guessing that one packet would work for each one. Fill the container hot water and the Urnex powder and let it soak for a while. Then rinse it out a few times and let it air dry.

    Also, you could use baking soda and hot water and do the same thing.

    Whatever you use, just be sure to rinse the containers out thoroughly.

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    Simple Green does a good job on oils. Don't use anything abrasive that will leave tiny scratches in the plastic. Scratches will collect oils and contaminants faster. Many a batch of home brewed beer has been runed that way.

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    Thank you folks. I appreciate your help. FYI, these are 40 gallon bins. So they're pretty large.

    I'm thinking of combining the baking soda with warm water, and then scrubbing with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Any thoughts? I don't think they'd be too abrasive.

    We use Simple Green around the shop, but I'm hesitant to use it inside of the coffee bins or the equipment. The smell is pretty pungent, and would be a challenge to remove.
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    Cafiza works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dstrand View Post

    I'm thinking of combining the baking soda with warm water, and then scrubbing with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Any thoughts? I don't think they'd be too abrasive.
    Are the bins stained? I've used Urnex coffee urn cleaner to get the brown stains out of tupperware pitchers that had iced tea in them, and the containers came out looking like new.

    You can try the baking soda soak, and then put some baking soda on a sponge and scrub with that. If needed, try the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers as a backup. They have a very mild abrasive in them, and you won't need to scrub hard. Just be sure to rinse the bins a few times when you're done.

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    I don't think I would use Simply Green or a product that isn't NSF certified. Urnex/Cafiza/Espresso cleaner are all very similar products and are designed to address the removal coffee oils and are typically NSF. Some are even phosphate free.

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    Thank you dstrand for bringing up this topic. I too have same situation with my storage containers and we were getting ready to clean them out. I thing we will use the Urnex cleaning product that we use on our brewers.

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    Urnex all the way for me!! I let them sit for overnight and rinse them out. Like new when completed
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