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Cleaning up used aquarium supplies?

What is safe to use to clean up some used supplies that I purchased? They were taken right out of a running setup, so there is some algae, some fishy smells..

What I need to clean is a couple of glass tanks, some heaters, and some power filters.


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Diluted unscented bleach or white vinegar followed by a real good wash with water.


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There's nothing wrong with using dish detergent so long as you rinse really well. It might not be necessary though. Sometimes water and a scrub-brush is all you need.
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I'd avoid dish detergent. Pretty hard to get it off. Vinegar is best IMHO.

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Sorry..forgot to mention. Where I have all this stuff, I don't have access to water, unless I bring it with me. IOW, I can't rinse something out after using cleaners.

I found that a wash cloth (brand new, never used) with just clean water cleaned stuff very well, so far. I still have streaks on the glass, though. The vinegar will work for that, right?

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I'd avoid dish detergent. Pretty hard to get it off. Vinegar is best IMHO.
I use detergent sometimes and haven't had any issues. I guess it's best to avoid detergent if it's not necessary, 'cause why take the risk if you don't have to, right? On the other hand, if whatever you're cleaning is really dirty, or has something oily on it and is easy to rinse, then you might as well.

I definitely agree that vinegar is a no-risk perfectly safe option.


Edit: I just read that you don't have access to rinse-water.

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Sorry..forgot to mention. Where I have all this stuff, I don't have access to water, unless I bring it with me. IOW, I can't rinse something out after using cleaners.

I found that a wash cloth (brand new, never used) with just clean water cleaned stuff very well, so far. I still have streaks on the glass, though. The vinegar will work for that, right?
You know what's great about vinegar? It evaporates completely, leaving absolutely no residue behind. It's a great option for your situation.
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I guess it depends on the type of dish detergent you use. Just like bleach, you are supposed to use the unscented kind. In regards to it, I always use bleach & water solution to sterilize out equipment, whether I pick up used equipment or one of mine that has been laying around. Then I rinse it with water and then soak the equipment with water and allot of dechlorinator.
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Does vinegar kill off any bad stuff, or just make stuff look clean?

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Yes, vinegar is a disinfectant. Check this out http://www.care2.com/greenliving/vin...old-germs.html


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Great info. Thanks!

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