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Does anyone have an idea how to avoid clays that have to sit for a long time in buckets. I have of course covered the buckets. i have tried lavender. But some clays really develop an awful smell i no time at all.

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I have used a few drops of bleach.

 

 

Thank you Marcia. I have tried bleach. It works a couple of days but then the smell takes over. The idea is to let the clays sit as long as the buckets are not full. When they are full, I spend half a day dealing with all the clays that need to be recycled. Otherwise I spend too much time and use too much space dealing with small amounts of used clays. The problem is particularly strong with porcelain and very fine stoneware (without grog.)

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Add some hydrogen peroxide to your buckets.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Andy. I know nothing about hydrogen peroxide. Can you tell me an approximate percentage ? Does it alter in any way the quality of the clay ? Does it require wearing gloves ?

 

 

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Add some hydrogen peroxide to your buckets.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Andy. I know nothing about hydrogen peroxide. Can you tell me an approximate percentage ? Does it alter in any way the quality of the clay ? Does it require wearing gloves ?

 

 

 

 

Hydrogen Peroxide doesn't affect my clay nepheline. I go more by feel then percentage when I add it. Start at 2 tablespoons in your bucket. BTW you didn't mention the size of your buckets These are 5 gallon ones?

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On my side of the world, gallons are liters... but yes my buckets are - if I count right - approximately 5 gallons.

 

 

 

Ok, There shouldn't be a problem then with 2 tablespoons. Keep in mind like the bleach you'll need to add more from time to time.

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On my side of the world, gallons are liters... but yes my buckets are - if I count right - approximately 5 gallons.

 

 

 

Ok, There shouldn't be a problem then with 2 tablespoons. Keep in mind like the bleach you'll need to add more from time to time.

 

 

Thanks. Will try!

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