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#1300164 - 10/24/12 10:23 AM How to get the stinky out
SuggieTori Offline
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Registered: 09/08/11
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Loc: Northern Indiana
How do you remove the odor from fleece cage sets? Even after washing them with detergent and fabric softener they still have a funny smell to them. Should I be using bleach or a bit of vinegar in the wash to help eliminate the odor?

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#1300172 - 10/24/12 10:33 AM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
DCMuffin Offline
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First, I'd recommend not using fabric softener - it tends to leave a residue.

You can use bleach and/or vinegar. Even some baking soda in the wash will work.
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#1300190 - 10/24/12 10:58 AM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
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I agree, skip the fabric softener. I recommend adding some vinegar to the wash, it should help make a difference. I wouldn't worry too much if they still had a little stink to them though, it will make it more acceptable to your gliders and you'll know that it's clean anyway.

Also, I wash my pouches inside out, I just feel like that the inside gets cleaner, but can't say for sure that it does.
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#1300193 - 10/24/12 11:05 AM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
SuggieTori Offline
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Edited by SuggieTori (10/24/12 11:08 AM)

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#1300196 - 10/24/12 11:20 AM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
IslandGliders Offline
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Add plain white vinegar to the rinse cycle. It seriously does wonders! Even my ferret laundry comes out smelling completely neutral!

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#1300208 - 10/24/12 11:31 AM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: IslandGliders]
SuggieTori Offline
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Loc: Northern Indiana
How much do you add to the rinse cycle?

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#1300212 - 10/24/12 11:50 AM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
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I use about a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle. It does seem to clean things better than just plain laundry soap.
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#1300228 - 10/24/12 12:54 PM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
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Wonderful! Thanks guys!

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#1300517 - 10/25/12 10:59 AM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
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Registered: 08/17/12
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Loc: Florida, USA
I was/am using TIde sport which works great on my clothes (I am a fitness instructor teaching classes all week long) so my clothes get smelly. Well thought it would be the same for the pouch and it somewhat works but not like I would like so I came on here and as the previous ones had mentioned baking soda does the trick. I use the Tide sport add 1 and half teaspoon baking soda for a small load or 1 tablespoon baking soda for a large load, the fabric softener I literally put a dime size drop and dilute with 1/2 cup of water since it does leave a residue but it also makes the fleece soft. To be 100% safe I make sure that I put it through a second rinse because I have read the fragrances in the detergent isn't good for them so sending it through a second rinse washes out any left over detergent if any. This I read on a forum on here. Since I have been doing this I haven't had any lingering smells and my gliders are perfectly healthy.
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#1300522 - 10/25/12 11:16 AM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
SuggieTori Offline
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Loc: Northern Indiana
Thanks. I'll have to give it a try. I just don't like that once it's washed it still smells stinky. I have two un-neutered males so I try to keep their odor down as mush as I can. Others say that they will just go crazy trying to spread their scent again but I haven't really noticed them doing that. So when I clean their cage set, I like it to stay as fresh for as long as I can get it. It doesn't help when it's still smelly coming out of the wash.

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#1300566 - 10/25/12 01:14 PM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
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If you have two intact males, the pouches are going to smell as soon as they sleep in them one day. No point in stressing out over how they smell when they come out of the wash.

Your best bet to hold the odor down is neutering the guys. It does make all the difference in the world in the cage smell.
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#1300567 - 10/25/12 01:17 PM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: CandyOtte]
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Originally Posted By: CandyOtte
If you have two intact males, the pouches are going to smell as soon as they sleep in them one day. No point in stressing out over how they smell when they come out of the wash.

Your best bet to hold the odor down is neutering the guys. It does make all the difference in the world in the cage smell.


:agreed:
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#1300573 - 10/25/12 01:39 PM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
SuggieTori Offline
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Registered: 09/08/11
Posts: 91
Loc: Northern Indiana
I plan to neuter them but it does cost money. To have them both neutered is about $400.00. These guys are rescues for me (along with a female - separate cages of course) because of a previous owner not being able to care for them. I was in no way prepared for how much it would cost to have them neutered nor did I know I would need to. Surprise!!! I've only found one vet in the area who even does this type of work and I'm just not confident that he has enough experience either. So for the time being I have chosen to hold off. I know they will have a slight odor. I've had them now for over a year and I am well aware that they are stinkier because they are boys. I'm just looking for safe ways to reduce it untill I can afford to have them neutered.

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#1300605 - 10/25/12 04:19 PM Re: How to get the stinky out [Re: SuggieTori]
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Unfortunately, you won't be able to reduce the odor - it is what it is. Intact boys smell, some more than others, depending on how much they like to mark. You'll work against yourself if you overclean, so I'd stick to a routine of about once a week, changing out pouches and wiping the cage down, and that's about all you'll be able to do until you are able to get them neutered.
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