I can't stand it anymore. My tools stink. A real putrid odor is all about my tools. If you've ever had to smell a very dead dog it would be close to that. I have removed them from my toolbox and soaked them in simple green to no improvement. Next I tried orange whatever hand cleaner and even a new toolbox. These are the tools I call my travel tools. Junkyard and pull your own part tools. Mostly Craftsman and a few Snap-on. Surely I'm not(I hope) the first to expierence this. ANY suggestion will be attempted as soon as weather allows. Thanks for the help! <><
01-08-2004 04:26 PM
Chemtool or Brake parts cleaner......maybe some GoJo....a good soaking
01-08-2004 04:31 PM
Smell comes from bacteria poo poo:drunk: , light, heat and dry are the enemy of bacteria. I would wash them as stated with whatever then set them in the sun to dry, also don't forget what ever you have them in. Also bacteria die at 140 deg F so you could drop them into boiling water.
01-08-2004 04:34 PM
Take them in the bath with you and your bath crystals......then they will smell purrrrdy.
A real mans tools smell of grease and oil.....so what, wipe them off and live with it.
01-08-2004 05:19 PM
Weird, I've had rusty tools but never smelly ones.
01-08-2004 06:20 PM
Poncho if they smelled like grease and oil I could live with it. If I sent you one in the mail the postal folks would send out a terror alert. I can't put them in the bath tub. The wife won't let them near the house.The bacteria report seems the most likely. The weather down here would surely help promote it. I know it sounds strange but it's the truth. They reek. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll use them to finish out a transmission replacement on the wife's Mazda then try to sanitize them. Hmmmmmmm.....maybe that 's the problem. I used them on an import.
01-08-2004 07:04 PM
AH humidity no one understands till they drink our air:D
01-08-2004 07:07 PM
Up here in Canada, its too damn cold to smell.....lol
01-08-2004 07:10 PM
I've been down there. Might try using a machette and cut the air around them so they can breathe.:evil:
01-08-2004 07:56 PM
have some craftsman screwdrivers that have plastic handles that have a sour smell to them. so far have not found anything that cuts the smell.
01-08-2004 08:31 PM
stop letting your dog pee on them, or just get a cat.
01-08-2004 08:41 PM
Re: Stinking Tools
Originally posted by bukweet Surely I'm not(I hope) the first to expierence this. ANY suggestion will be attempted as soon as weather allows. Thanks for the help! <><
When I lived in Charleston SC........the capitol of Heat & Humidity..........a friend who worked at a salvage yard had the same problem. :(
He put ALL of his tools in a plastic bucket filled with Clorox.
It killed everything bad.............Cheap too......
01-08-2004 10:47 PM
Aw bukweet! Just quit using your toolbox as a livewell when you go fishin' and the smell will go away eventually!:D :D
01-09-2004 12:17 AM
lacquer thinner for the metal and PPG DX330 for everything that has plastic????
01-10-2004 02:45 PM
Dude, you didn't lock up the cat in the tool box did you? Man they will piss all over everything!