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Glycol Cleanup Question  
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3307 times:

so i finally got to deice. here at LGA our first event of the season occured sunday night. i sprayed about 12 planes, and froze into a posicle when my driver told me that i'm stuck because he doens't do buckets. so fine and dandy, i finished the night and left for home around 0200 after all the trucks were topped off for the morning crew and all logs were completed. i got back to work at around 0500 for the start of the morning shift and first had to run around getting all the trucks running. we only had 6 planes to spray in the morning, just our overnighters. that got done quickly and i spent the rest of the day freezing on the ramp.

now, my question is how on earth do i clean my jumpsuit and rain gear from the layer of glycol i have on them? is it safe to just thrown them in my home washing machine?


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
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User currently offlineOkie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3151 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Propylene Glycol
Used in cosmetics, and food products for sweetness and texture.
Available in food, technical and industrial grades.
Not much of an environmental issue except in large amounts.

I would just wash the clothes with overspray by themselves.

Prepared foods, boxed cake mixes and of course brownies are common uses of propylene glycol along with other added ingredients Big thumbs up

Okie


User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3269 times:

so no problems then... good, because i ingested a bunch of it as i was station 2 downwind of another truck. all thier spray went in my face.


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineOkie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3151 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Just be careful around the intakes for the APU.
If you listen to the manufacturers of APU's the only ones that have ever failed were from glycol injestion. (cough, cough)

Don't be surprised by the dog being real friendly when you get home and smell like pancake/waffle syrup.

Okie


User currently offlineAvioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

And when the dog or cat does get really friendly don't let them lick the stuff off your clothes. (Unless, of course, you're trying to be rid of them)


One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
User currently offlineOkie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3151 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

CAUTION:
Any exposure to the aircraft-airline industry may lead to your children being born naked and pennyless.


Okie


User currently offlineTimT From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3156 times:

Okie-- RIGHT ON!

I NEVER wash my work clothes with anything else, and if they're really nasty from fuel, skydrol, blue juice, whatever, I take them to the laundromat.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14131 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Propylene glicol is water soluble and doesn´t cause any problems in the washing machine. It is also enviromentaly friendly (and tastes like sugar water).

Jan


User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2471 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

During an ice storm at TOL last Jan, I was stuck in the bucket for about 3 and 1/2 hours. Keep in mind, we just have one truck, one plane, and no de-ice station. Anywho, I kept spraying and getting soaked with glycol. I got into a comfortable position leaning back against the back of the bucket and my feet angled up so I didn't have to "stand" that entire time. By the time I was done, I was literally frozen in place with my winter coat frozen against the back of the bucket and a 3 inch layer of ice at the bottom of the bucket...couldn't move my feet. I sprayed my feet with glycol and someone sprayed my coat with glycol.

After I became unstuck, already soaked in glycol, my co-workers just hosed me down with warm water and most of the glycol ran off. I just hung my stuff up and let it dry for the next day...and it didn't smell or feel of glycol...it just smelled sweet.

XJR



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User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

I found that after taking a deiceing shower nothing feels better than a long hot shower. Now for your clothes , the cleaners is the best option but if your a cheap bastard like myself , a can of coke poured into the machine with all your oily fuel smelling hydraulic stained clothes with detergent works good


I would help you but it is not in the contract
User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6515 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

Some ten or fifteen years back some Austrian wineries were caught adding glycol to their wine in order to improve the smell and taste. I don't think that anybody suffered - except the wine farmers after it was discovered.

PS: "Smell" may not be exactly the right word when talking about wine. I know a French word which is more widely used. But when treated with glycol, then I think the word "smell" is more appropriate.

PPS: Some lubricating stuffs, which are approved for food processing machinery, are not too different from ordinary glycol. It is much better than ordinary lubricating oil or grease. But most important, since it mixes so well with water, then it doesn't show off in your jam.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
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