How to properly clean big old rubber Fortiflex buckets?
I have a couple of the big old black rubber Fortiflex buckets that I use in the paddocks to feed out of. They are admittedly, ancient but work great. These are the soft rubber, black, more like tire material, not the newer plastic ones.
I cannot get the smell out of them!
I wash them every day and let them stand in the sun to dry. I've used bleach, lysol, dish detergent. Nothing helps keep the smell out. It's better when they are dry but with any moisture - still some smell.
What can I use to clean them so they smell better?
The rubber smell won't go away; it's part of its DNA.
Baking soda and vinegar or baking soda and hydrogen peroxide -- smear the baking soda around into all the cracks and crevices then pour the liquid of choice in for the bubbling action. Let sit, scrub, then rinse, then dry in sunlight. Bonus is that neither will hurt your horse if all of it doesn't rinse out.