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Cleaning driftwood

So I had this pretty sweet piece of driftwood that I had left outside and forgot it there. Well I came back later and it was in the garbage! My father had tossed it in there cause he thought it no good.

Is there anyway I can clean it off or soak it in something so it's safe to put in my tank?
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Depends on what was in the garbage with it. If it's hazardous chemicals, then probably not. If it's just really gross rotting banana peels and food scraps, I'd take a toothbrush and scrub it.
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Too large to boil? Put it in a large bin and soak in a weak bleach solution, then soak in water for a day or two? Hydrogen peroxide? Just throwing some ideas out.


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Pressure washer, or one of the hose attachments that has a pretty strong blast like a pressure washer.
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I do lots of wood and want the easiest , most effective way. I do it like the health departments require done on new water equipment like waterlines or towers. They require a bleach soak. It is effective and nothing is much easier.
A container large enough to hold the wood, an empty tank if nothing else. Add a 1/2 cup or so of bleach that does not have scent added. The cheap stuff? Let it soak overnight or until you get back around to the job and then take it out. Rinse it to make it better to handle and then let it dry until the smell is gone and totally dry.
The only hard part is that you DO NOT get the bleach on your clothes.
The only difference in the bleach soak and the chlorine already in most of our water is the amount of water diluting the bleach.
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Just wash it then pour boiling water over it, will be fine. Unless of course what someone else said and it was with chemicals then I wouldn't bother.
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That's where I go for the bleach soak, since you can't get boiling water out of the faucet. It is much safer than working with all the time it takes to really get water boiling and then all the risk of burns while it still doesn't do anything for pesticides or anything that may have crawled up into the cracks of wood.
Compared to cleaning out a water tower after a bunch of welders and painters have lived in it for a couple days, cleaning a piece of wood is no big thing.
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