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    Question Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    As the title says I've been going through fleece like crazy latly! I started to resort to using bedding but the Guinea's don't like the touch of it on their paws! (their paws are starting to turn different colors!) and I want to go back to fleece, but Im limited on money, and throwing away fleece is a huge waste! I don't know why the fleece gets dirty so fast!

    Dirtiness: It has pee stains on it and poop sticks to it, I don't want to put it in the washer cause where would the poop go?

    Please help me!

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    How are you cleaning the fleece? I take the fleece outside, shake it out really good to get all the poops off, then just toss it in the washing machine with hot water and unscented detergent. It gets the smell and dirty spots off and leaves it nice and soft! Then you can just run an empty load of a small amount of bleach to disinfect the washing machine afterwards. If hay is stuck to the fleece, a rubber brush (I use a rubber dog brush) will definitely work.

    Hope this helped

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    You brush the poop off before you put it in the washer. The main idea of using fleece is that it can be washed and reused. It's not nearly as bad as washing baby diapers in a washer, and people do that all the time.

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    When you use fleece you need to sweep up the poops twice daily! Then once every 5 to 7 days you shake it out (or brush it, like bpatters says) before you wash it.

    Also, did you wash your fleece in hot water several times before you used it?

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    What are you using under the fleece? Absorbent layers are important part of using fleece.

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    along with what everyone else has said, do NOT ever, no matter what, use fabric softener of any kind or the fleece will lose it's wicking ability!
    also, I have found putting a 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar in with the wash helps a lot

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    How large is your cage and how many guinea pigs are in it?

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    I'm new to fleece too. My problem is when I try to use a brush and dustpan to spot clean, the brush sticks to the fleece and just bunches it up.

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lagertha View Post
    along with what everyone else has said, do NOT ever, no matter what, use fabric softener of any kind or the fleece will lose it's wicking ability!
    also, I have found putting a 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar in with the wash helps a lot

    Is the vinegar to clean the fleece? or to help it wick, or both?

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    Quote Originally Posted by mamaduck71 View Post
    Is the vinegar to clean the fleece? or to help it wick, or both?
    Both!

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    if you don't like to put it in your laundry machine just hand wash it... I plan to hand wash ours (due to the fact our laundry machine is broken but its a good arm workout too ! but not as hard as it sounds once you get used to it)

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    Goodness, don't throw them away. I use a regular broom and dustpan to sweep up the area. Mind you, I have 3 guinea pigs so little poops can accumulate. I sweep about twice a day, sometimes three if I am home all day. I have a trick of swirling the brush lightly on the fabric at least once a day and this keeps the hair down. One of my pigs is a wild looking alpaca and she sheds- I mean really sheds! When I swirl the brush lightly in their high traffic areas, the hair simply swirls into a small ball and I sweep it up.

    At the end of about 7 to 8 days, I take out a clean fleece blanket to replace, take the old one outside and shake it out and then brush it with a thicker brush. This brush is the kind with short black bristles. I use a horse brush, the kind you use to brush horses. This really takes out the hair. Then I put it in the laundry with vinegar and detergent.

    I know someone else who handwashes her guinea pig fleece. If I absolutely had to, I would, but I don't and prefer not to.

    I hope this helps!

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    oh man is that nice to hear i wont be the only one who hand washes. i have to hand wash 3 peoples laundry every few days so i figure the fleece cant be too bad. mind you the day we get a new washer i wont be doing it by hand

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    Daydreamer, don't worry you aren't the only one! Many people don't like mixing their personal laundry and the piggy laundry in the same machine even.

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    Re: Throwing away dirty fleece after only 2 cleans!

    I sweep my fleece up 2 to 3 times a day (spot cleaning) then every four days clean the cage. I shake and sweep the fleece outside, then put it in the washing machine, without any human clothes. At the end of the wash, hoover the washing machine to clear hair and hay. Just thought I do a quick overveiw of what I do
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