Any way to get oil out of styrofoam (as in my incubator!)?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KellyHM, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    The bottom half of my Hovabator Genesis was outside on the driveway, drying after I cleaned it out, and DH's stupid mutt puppy got ahold of a bottle of motor oil and splattered it all over the incubator. I'm assuming I can't incubate eggs while it has oil soaked into it, but does anyone know how to possibly get it out? Without ruining the styrofoam? [​IMG]
  2. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    i know my dad used to use Tide detergent (the laundry soap) to get oil out of the garage floor.. also used to use Simple Green to remove oil from other things.. not sure if you can remove all of the oil from styrofoam.. but those are the first two things I would try
  3. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
    Hi There. The good news: Liquid dish soap will remove almost all of the oil. Allow to soak for a while with warm water before cleaning. The OK news: If you're careful to not scratch the styrofoam when you clean it, you'll remove as much as possible. The bad news: It can be very difficult to remove oil from styrofoam. Once you clean it, warm it up. If it still smells like oil, clean again.

    Things to avoid: scratches, which will soak up oil. Cleaning solvents, which will dissolve the foam. Anything that contains a solvent used to break up grease, like tool cleaning solutions. Soaps and detergents are fine. Keep us updated, feel free to post here or PM me if you have questions.
  4. rarely bored

    rarely bored Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2011
    Central California
    I'd try a baking soda in hot water solution. Ummm, makes me wonder what the puppy ended up looking like. Best wishes!
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Like Chemguy said, dishwashing liquid does wonders on oil. A citrus degreaser would probably work too.
    I wouldn't worry too much if you get most of it out. Motor oil is stable at very high temps. At 100 degrees probably no off gassing.
  6. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    Like said above dishwash liq ,Dawn is the one used by crews cleaning the Birds in the Gulf Oil Spill...So it probably be OK...cva34
  7. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Thanks everyone. I will try the Dawn and see where I get.

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