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Just voicing another idea I had a bit back. In my family, we have quite a few cats, so we'd buy the big plastic bins of Tidy Cats litter. Empty, they make great water containers!
 

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Watch them, though. They're prone to leaking. Otherwise, they're great.
 

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Watch them, though. They're prone to leaking. Otherwise, they're great.
All aside, agreed. I was just kind of thinking of an easy way to store water, I suppose.
 

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I find those plastic containers handy for a lot of things, mostly I use them when I go to the garden and want to keep the more delicate things I harvest seperated.
 

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Real life recycling. I suppose if you were worried about the old cold war threat (atomic attack) you could use them for insulation? Radiation is stopped by density. (Seriously. It doesn't matter, paper or lead, if it's thick enough, rays and particles will stop dead).
 

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I don't know that I would use those buckets for storing anything which I ever planned to ingest... I believe this idea had been brought up before, and the popular consensus is that they are not "food grade" and have dangerous chemicals introduced during the production process which never truly leave the plastic.

Those containers are fantastic, however, for storing non-food items. My mother uses them to store all of her various seasonal decorations in her attic.
 

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I don't know that I would use those buckets for storing anything which I ever planned to ingest... I believe this idea had been brought up before, and the popular consensus is that they are not "food grade" and have dangerous chemicals introduced during the production process which never truly leave the plastic.

Those containers are fantastic, however, for storing non-food items. My mother uses them to store all of her various seasonal decorations in her attic.
I have to agree with this. I would NOT use those jugs for storing water that will be CONSUMED. There are chemicals in the kitty litter that have probably been absorbed by the plastic and can now leach into your water.

I would NOT recommend using any plastic bucket, jug, etc. that has NOT previously stored a food, beverage or other digestible item to store that type of prep item. You just do not know what chemicals have gotten into that plastic.

Even when you store your water jugs, you should NOT store DIRECTLY on concrete. The chemicals in the concrete can leach through the plastic and into your water. Always store those jugs on carpet, cardboard, etc. that covers the concrete.

There are lots of other ways to use the kitty buckets and jugs, so they will not go to waste. Some ideas:

-Charcoal storage
-Lyme: for alternate pottie use
-cheap kitty litter you bought in bags for alternate pottie use
-Store your soaps in the square buckets
 

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Having goats at one time I had the 3gal pails of kid formula that work great for food storage and the lids even have rubber seal to keep moisture out, I also keep the buckets that I buy bird seed in for storage, the one I get are the same size as the one cat litter come in and while I don't think they would work well for water, I use them for spices boxes of jello and other bagged items.
 

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I don't think they would work well for water, I use them for spices boxes of jello and other bagged items.
Not a half bad idea. I scraped the water idea though... filled with soil they make great pallisades for airsoft, and with a more dense sand, packed nicely, it made a great back stop for my mosin.
 

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We use these boxes all the time for sorting and storing gardening supplies and general garage stuff (we don't have a garage, but stuff that would go there if we did). We now use a different kitty litter, no more reusable containers, and I sure do miss them!
 

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Check your local bakeries.... I have a bunch of plastic barrels (free!!!) both blue and white, that held:

Vinegar
Raisin Juice
Lemon juice
Food-Grade vegetable oil
Molasses

When washed out, I use these for storing and moving water (both potable and non-potable) and for storing wheat and rice (over 300 lbs each).
 

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"Got a cat? Here's an idea."

Oops, my bad. I thought this was a recipe thread. :hide:

On the subject as intended, I don't recall the brand but is this the same stuff that can be used as dessicant?
 

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"Got a cat? Here's an idea."

Oops, my bad. I thought this was a recipe thread. :hide:

On the subject as intended, I don't recall the brand but is this the same stuff that can be used as dessicant?
Nah, I dont think so. It's just ordinary tidy cats.
 

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"Got a cat? Here's an idea."

Oops, my bad. I thought this was a recipe thread. :hide:

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Recipes? Hah, I thought it was going to be like that old joke about 'how to wash a cat', where you place kitty in the toilet, close lid, and flush! I guess it cleans the commode, too! Here I thought we were going to learn a novel way to wash barrels and other water-storage containers! :D

We, too, use the Tidy Cat buckets for many things. Found them at the dump from time to time, foolish wasteful people throwing them away! :nuts:

If I had to store water in them, it would be for non-consumption. There are still many other uses for water, and if I had the containers sitting around and didn't have a lot of other water containers, I'd consider it. However when possible, an airtight container seems like a better idea.
 

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A buddy of mine uses them to store preps in his Bronco. Two are loaded with ammo as it is in his BOV, then two more of repacked MRE's. He also uses them as range totes; fire off the rounds in the box, then sweep the brass back in them. Works pretty well, and we have some decent "stools" at the range. I really like them b/c they are square and stack much neater than my regular old pickle buckets. Of course, the BigBox that used to sell our litter in buckets has now gone to "green" packaging, basically just a really thick plastic bag. Boo.
 

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I play airsoft too. Well have to talk about it sometime.
I was wondering if our two resident teenagers would find each other!

You're both great! Keep up the good work! :D
 
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