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From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California
The HDPE from which milk cartons are made is impregnated with some chemical which helps the plastic to biodegrade. The chemical is not bad for you, but if you're storing water in them, you could be in store for an expensive mess.
I wouldn't worry too much about disease from rotten milk. It just tastes real bad is all. Old milk cartons will tend to impart shades of that taste to your water, to the point where you will not want to drink it (major gag reflex). You can use that water for showering and dishwashing, though without worrying that it is going to hurt you.
If you have some fairly new milk cartons on hand in early December, and have already stored plenty of water in better containers, there would be no harm in filling these cartons from the tap. Just be sure to keep them someplace where they can safely burst without creating a mess.
-- Dancr (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 30, 1999
Another use for milk cartons is to cut the bottoms off and use them to start plants in for your garden and use the tops as little green houses to set the plants out much earlier than normal.
-- Beckie (email@example.com), October 30, 1999.