04-14-2005, 07:34 AM
i've heard of using (NOT at the same time) boat soap ... lye ... bleach ... chopped lemons ... baking soda ... vanilla extract ...
does anybody have any other tricks or tips (besides cleaning and storing it right in the FIRST place)? thanks, c
04-14-2005, 07:53 AM
AFter I give it a good once over with soap and a hose, I put in some bleach and close the lid, shake well, and let sit overnight.
Seems to work well.
04-14-2005, 07:58 AM
diddo on what outcast does.Just make sure to rinse out befor filling with fish.
04-14-2005, 08:18 AM
After you wash it with soap and clean it out, pour some listerine in there and give the cooler a good shake...
Try it, you'll like it...
04-14-2005, 09:38 AM
My Grandmother taught me this one.
Take a newspaper and put it the cooler and wet it and let it sit for about 2 days. Once you take out the paper use some bleach just to sanitize the cooler and you should be ready. I have a bad habit of forgeting to clean them right away too. I am getting better the wife as a problem opening the cooler and getting knocked down by the aroma so I get a ear full now about cleaning right away.[grin][grin]
04-14-2005, 10:01 AM
Put an inch or two of water in there and some bleach. Give it a few shakes and toss it in the back of the truck for a few days.
04-14-2005, 11:57 AM
ditto on what everyone else said, but I use the clorox citrus bleach...very pleasant smell.
04-14-2005, 12:25 PM
Clean it thoroughly with soap/water and soft scrub with bleach, rinse thoroughly, then put a little vanilla concentrate in it and shut the lid for a day or so and it will smell like a new cooler again. I have done this and been happy with the result.
04-14-2005, 03:02 PM
I got a better one. Hose cooler down and inside and wash w/soap.
Take a paper towel and dry the inside. While facing the cooler turn around and drop your trousers and take the biggest bowel movement in the cooler you can and shut the lid. Wait two days and put a free beer sign on the cooler at the marina. See who passes out first and then use the bleach trick in the back of the truck trick for clean up.
04-14-2005, 05:00 PM
For an already smelly cooler, do what you've already been told. To kill any nasty organisms that might be in there I like the bleach in a couple inches of water in the back of the truck trick. The scented bleach sounds good too.
When you wash your cooler after a days fishing leave it upside down somewhere, with the lid open, and let it completly dry before storage. If you left it wet, you need to sanitize with bleach before using again.