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Fleece Odor Won't Come Out of Fleece-Family Complaining, Any suggestions please?!

SesshyBooBoo

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Hello,

My guinea pig (Boo Boo) is in a small sized cc cage with a set of 3 fleece flippers. My boyfriend and I never notice the smell but now since for the summer we have to stay with his family, they are noticing the smell. I change and wash the fleece flippers every 6-7 days since I only have the one pig.

Since the family does not want me to wash the fleece flippers at home, I have to take them to the local laundry mat. I use his all natural unscented detergent but it doesn't seem to be doing enough. Even after I wash them they still seem to smell a little.

Is there any kind of all natural febreeze-like spray thats safe for piggies?


Thank you!
 

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You can not use any spray things near guinea pigs. GP's have sensitive respitory systems and spraying stuff around them wouldn't be good. Do you sweep his cage twice a day? Sweeping more often and maybe having another set of flippers and changing those out more often can help the smell. Also, when I do a load of pig laundry I put in 1/3 cup of vinegar on the rinse cycle first, then I wash it with soap on once the rinse cycle is done. It takes away that pig smell and doesn't smell like vinegar when I pull it out.
 

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I'd change the fleece more frequently. You can sweep up the droppings immediately but the urine starts smelling like ammonia if they go in the same spot a lot. How big is your cage? Some guinea pigs have more odor than others, although I personally don't think males smell more. Each guinea pig is different.
 

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Oxiclean! I use arm and hammer detergent (unscented) with a scoop of oxiclean. Also if you could get a second set of flippers and change them out maybe midweek that will help.
 

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While you are living with them, I would start using wood pellets and lay the fleece on top. They do so well with holding down odors.
 

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Hot water and bleach will also help. Fleece is pretty indestructible, so the bleach won't hurt it. Just rinse well afterward.
 

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Before taking to the laundromat, you can spray your fleece flippers, and uhaul pads with undiluted vinegar. It will help break down the urine.
 

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Very good suggestions! I've noticed that the guineas' bedding/fleece/toys don't stink per se, but they do have a particular smell (like dogs smell, horses smell etc). I wonder if you could place them in a bucket, with diluted vinegar, on the way to the laundry mat? Gosh, what a pain to have to do his laundry elsewhere, though I do find the amount of hay left in my washer to be surprising. I throw all my horsey stuff in there too, which is just as bad, but more from a hair point of view so our machine gets quite the work out.
 

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I have the same issue of the fleece still having a pee smell after I wash my liners. I use regular gain detergent, Is OxiClean really ok to wash with?
 

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Thank you for all of your suggestions! I do have a second set of flippers. I change them every 6 days.
 

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Soak in a vinegar soak, then wash with a bit of vinegar in the Arm and Hammer no scent. I've used fleece for over a year, no issues
 

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ok update, sorry it took me so long to reply.. I washed my liners and other fleece recently and I used regular gain detergent, oxiclean, and bleach and I have to say it still had a smell but it had improved from before when I just used detergent only. So thanks everyone for your help.
 
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