I have a couple of 10 Litre steel jerrycans which I used for draining kerosene (UN1223 28sec burning oil) from a tank. After disposing of the kerosene I left the open jerrycans upside down over some oil-absorbing pellets for a couple of days.

I would like to re-use these jerrycans to store unleaded petrol (gasoline) for my car - which is what they are designed for. Do they need further cleaning or is the tiny amount of kerosene residue unlikely to do any harm.


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The small amount of residue left will do no harm.

  • To add to Mike's answer, kerosene is a petroleum distillate, similar enough to gasoline that a small amount of kerosene mixed in with the gasoline will have no noticeable effect. Some gasoline engines can even be modified to use kerosene. Apr 26, 2012 at 23:20

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