Congo African Grey
Red Bellied Parrot
How should I clean a used cage or a
used toy? Bleach in a 1:10 solution kills everything...even your
clothes, so be careful. I am amazed that so many recommend Novalson that
does not kill Polyoma. Because of this, I don't use it as a cage, toy,
counter cleaner. Virkon S is a good disinfectant that is effective also
and won't ruin your clothes. For routine cleaning of my own belongings I
use the peroxide/vinegar mix described below. But if it a toy that is
questionable, I go to bleach (or throw it away). If it is a used cage, I
also spray with bleach, rinse really well and let it sit in the sun.
Pollens blowing about are not going to be a problem. Wild birds pooping
on your outside cage could be though. The sun has a great disinfecting
ability and a few hours outside goes a long way.
For routine sanitizing I use vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. This
combination make one of the very best disinfecting agents available - it
is cheap, effective AND non-toxic.
I actually learned about it from an email about a food handling site.
Because it is non-toxic, you can use it to disinfect fruits and
vegetables as well as bird toys, equipment and cages. It
effectively kills ALL of the nasties. In tests run at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing the two mists
[Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide] killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on HEAVILY contaminated food and surfaces.
You use the white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide as follows. You need TWO
spray bottles. DO NOT MIX the solutions together. You put
straight vinegar in one and straight hydrogen peroxide in the other. DO NOT DILUTE THEM. The
strength right out of the bottles is correct for use. When
you want to sanitize a surface (cage, sink, vegetables, cutting boards,
toys, play trees, etc.) you spray one (it doesn't matter which one you
use first) on the surface, then you spray on the other. When they
mix, for a brief time the chemical action of the two make a very
powerful sanitizer. This stuff
will even kills e-coli and salmonella. You can rinse off the
surface afterwards if you want, but the result is non-toxic. On
the cages, I usually just wipe it down with a towel. I do rinse
the fruit and veggies afterwards, but only because I want to make sure
the taste isn't affected. I buy the quart bottles of the peroxide (you
can get those at Sam's Club or
Wal-Mart), but I buy vinegar by the case (four gallons) at Smart &
Final, Costco or Sam's Club. Since I found out about this stuff, I
am going through a lot of it, so I do buy several bottles of the
peroxide at a time.
Fortunately it is cheap. I buy our Hydrogen Peroxide in giant bottles at
Costco. BTW, we use it in the bathroom to sanitize the
counters, toilets, floors, etc. Remember for any sanitizer to work
properly, the surface has to be clean before you use it.
I usually leave the hydrogen peroxide in the original quart bottles.
I just unscrew the cap and screw in a spray head. I leave the
peroxide in the original dark bottle, as light will destroy peroxide
rather quickly. I put the vinegar in another quart spray bottle.
It doesn't matter if you get this stuff on your hands while spraying it
things - I do rinse my hands afterward just to get rid of the odor, but
it won't hurt you. If you want to read an article about this
method, go to http://www.execpc.com/~mjstouff/articles/vinegar.html
Susan S. Sumner of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg finds
that washing tainted produce with water "is better than doing
nothing--but not a whole lot better." Later this year, however, she and
graduate student Jim Wright plan to report that they can infect apples
with a deadly strain of E. coli at a concentration of 10,000 bacteria
per gram, then eliminate them all by dipping the fruit in a nontoxic mix
of vinegar and off-the-shelf hydrogen peroxide. This E. coli, known as
O157:H7, has been implicated in the deaths of people who consumed
tainted cider or hamburgers.
This week, Ecolab of Saint Paul, MN, announced it had received
approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to market a patented
version of the disinfectant combo to food distributors for treating
fresh vegetables, including mushrooms, lettuce, onions, and bell
Click here to read about another who uses this cleaner.
For your "maid's" use they can mix the two into a bucket just before they
want to use it. It will remain effective long enough for them to
do the job. But, you can't store the two mixed together as it self
Hydrogen Peroxide applied directly to a wound
can actually damage the process of tissue repair. Hydrogen peroxide is
excellent for FIRST aid, meaning you only use it for the first cleaning.
It is especially good for a deep wound
where there is not much bleeding. The bubbling action of the peroxide
will get deep into the wound and will bubble out any infection. But,
only use it the for the first cleaning, because, as it damages the
repairing cells and will slow the healing.
I found that Hydrogen Peroxide is the best stain lifter if used
fairly soon. I've waited up to four hours later before applying the
peroxide and two days before washing the stained object and it still
worked at lifting the stain. If you are clipping nails and a drop of
blood gets on the carpet or your clothing, put Hydrogen Peroxide on it
to lift the stain. Peroxide will actually foam and lift the stain prior
to the object being washed.
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