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Reusing Wiper Fluid Jugs for Drinking Water?

Can anyone come up with a good reason why a well-washed and well-rinsed 1-gallon HDPE windshield wiper fluid jug shouldn't be used for drinking water? Yes, I know the wiper fluid contains methyl alcohol which is poisonous and would blind or kill you if you drank it straight up. But methyl alcohol is also highly water soluble and should be sufficiently removed with a good washing and letting jugs sit overnight full of water.

These jugs are sturdy, have a top that won't come off easily, and seem like a good option except for the fact they've held wiper fluid in them. It always feels like such a waste when I put these in the recycle bin...

Any input appreciated,

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Wouldn’t risk poisoning on the river. Rather spend couple extra bucks and buy a good one.
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Washer fluid in its raw form is 99.8 percent methanol. I have no idea what the .2 percent is. Funny I had the same thought with a kitty litter jug this morning. Seemed kinda wasteful throwing out a nice hdpe2 jug.
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Depends on the resin used to make container. I’m sure there is a different standard used when making drinking containers. Containers will probably be expose to much sun which will cause the plastic to release harmful chemicals.
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Not really sure I’d like the form factor. I get the desire to reuse something but the design isn’t great for rafting. My squared off jugs strap nicely to the back end of my frames and sit nice and flat, o couldn’t see those jugs being easy to stack/pack.
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Fill them with blue Kool Aid and fuck with your friends!
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I have an automotive shop and my mom rinses out the wiper fluid bottles to get water for her dog. She thinks her well water is bad for the dog. Good news....the dogs not dead. It can't be any worse than all the crap they put in city water. Fill em with beer first. That'll rinse em out.
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Why not order new HDPE jugs? If you insist on reusing jugs I'd get some for RV antifreeze as it's non toxic.
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I use 1/2 gallon used OJ containers. Best part is the making of tequila sunrises prior to emptying for river use........
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