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Dennis Park
(dpark) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
packaging DEET on 05/20/2012 20:15:27 MDT Print View

I tried putting DEET into a microdropper that BPL used to sell. It leaks. Is this a bum bottle or is DEET doing something to the plastic?

Better, what do you guys use?

Nathan Hays

Locale: San Francisco
DEET on 05/20/2012 20:47:02 MDT Print View

Eyedrops bottle.

(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
RE: on 05/20/2012 20:48:08 MDT Print View

I used the mini spray deet version last summer and it leaked out in a ziplock on a trip last summer, I thought it was a good idea because I wouldn't have to re-bottlet it but it ended up being faulty. I'm looking to rebottling too this summer.... Let us know !

Edited by KalebC on 05/20/2012 20:49:12 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: packaging DEET on 05/20/2012 21:01:46 MDT Print View

I had some DEET product leak in a bag and it disolved some plastic objects, like a wind/temperature instrument. For some reason that stuff is bad.

I got an "Ultrathon" DEET tube - 2 ounce net - I just carry that now even though it's a bit heavy. The tube is designed to tolerate it.

There are other fairly lightweight DEET tubes.

If you repackage it into a different container, it might not withstand it.

Todd T
(texasbb) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: packaging DEET on 05/20/2012 21:09:43 MDT Print View

IMO, the best way to package DEET is to leave it in the package it comes in and on the shelf at the store. :-)

DEET dissolves gear and is messy. And it's nasty on the places that need it most. Give me Permethrin-treated clothes and a headnet any day.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: packaging DEET on 05/20/2012 21:15:34 MDT Print View

I had some DEET destroy one patch on a perfectly good auto paint job once. It just loves to dissolve certain plastics.

Currently I transport my DEET in a polycarbonate atomizer bottle that is about the size of my thumb.


Dennis Park
(dpark) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: packaging DEET on 05/20/2012 21:37:14 MDT Print View

Bob, where did you find such a bottle?

Steve B
(geokite) - F

Locale: Southern California
BPL dropper bottles on 05/20/2012 21:46:01 MDT Print View

I have had DEET in those BPL dropper bottles, two sizes, for years now with no problems. Keep a small bottle in my mountain bike gear just for that once in a lifetime situation where I break a hanger and I'm being attacked as I fix things. Keep another bottle in my day hiking pack. And another in my backpacking gear.

That said, I haven't used the stuff in years. But it's nice to know I have the protection if I need it (that sounds bad...)

Probably a faulty bottle.


Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: packaging DEET on 05/20/2012 21:54:19 MDT Print View

"Bob, where did you find such a bottle?"

small bottles

In the Bay Area, there is a chain of "Japanese Dollar Stores" that sell most products for $1.50, and the chain is called Daiso. The bottle I currently use came from one of them. The problem is that all stores do not have all products all of the time, but they will likely have something close.


Joseph R
(Dianoda) - MLife

Locale: Chicago, IL
Re: Re: Re: packaging DEET on 05/20/2012 21:55:45 MDT Print View

I'm with Dennis on this one - also quite curious about the origin of micro-sized atomizer bottles...

I have plenty of tiny droppers for repackaging (thanks Lawson!), but a tiny atomizer would be very useful for the non-DEET bug spray I use. (I'd use permethrin but have cats in the house, and DEET would melt most of my clothes...)

Edit: Thanks Bob. Okay, so I'll check my local Japanese supermarket. Lucky, there is one near me in the 'burbs - Mitsuwa Marketplace. Also, if you ever find yourself at Mitsuwa, Santouka in the food court has the best ramen in the world (I recommend the spicy miso w/ special pork).

Edited by Dianoda on 05/20/2012 22:02:03 MDT.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
packaging DEET on 05/20/2012 22:59:05 MDT Print View

I do the same as Bob and put the deet in small spray bottles. You can find hand sanitizer in these bottles (for under $2) and I use one with sun screen (liquid not lotion), one with Deet and another with hand cleaner. I keep them in a shoulder strap pocket to keep them away from my gear just in case they leak.

Hand cleaner in spray bottle

Craig Rowland
(craigr) - MLife

Locale: Pacific NW
Picardin on 05/21/2012 00:09:39 MDT Print View

Been using this stuff on some hiking and it has been great against New Zealand sandflies and mosquitos. Not quite as long lasting as DEET, but doesn't melt plastic nor burn the skin when applied:

I suspect it would go into just about any bottle you want.