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I put a little bit of petrol in my fresh water tank...

We lent our boat to my brother... while doing the right thing a gassing the boat up after using, he put maybe a gallon of petrol in our fresh water tank. After removing liquid and washing inside of the tank with detergent & then flushing out... Any tips on cleaning so we wont get the pertol taste???
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We lent our boat to my brother... while doing the right thing a gassing the boat up after using, he put maybe a gallon of petrol in our fresh water tank. After removing liquid and washing inside of the tank with detergent & then flushing out... Any tips on cleaning so we wont get the pertol taste???
If you have an access plate, I would suggest that after you do what you suggest above, you then drain and dry the tank. Then crumple up balls of newspaper and fill the tank through the access hole. Close it up for a month or more and then remove the newspaper balls.
Rinse it out and fill it up. You should be good to go.

This really does work. I once restored a plastic ice chest that some fish was left to rot in. It was horrible. After the newspaper thing, there was absolutely no smell.

But if you need to use the tank next week, you may have to just wash it and rinse it repeatedly until the smell is gone.
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Use anhydrous isopropyl alcohol, a couple of consumer sized bottles. Widely available, cheap and has great solubility (oretty close to miscible) for diesel and water.
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A friend of mine did that last year. I addition to some of the above steps, which all helped, he left an aquarium air pump running for months. That did it. Of course, he had a trailer boat. That would not be permitted at most land storage areas if you need to plug-in to run it. Something solar powered?

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if you do this, flush the system well, as isopropyl alcohol is toxic. using several bottles of cheap vodka might be a better, wiser, safer solution.

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