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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-24-2009, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Wheel de-stinking?

As most of you know, my little mice are addicted to their wheel. It has gotten to the point where I have to clean it everyday because they get it so dirty and gross! I use a animal safe cleaner, but it still stinks!! If the bedding is fresh it can usually cover the smell. I have tried soaking it in a bucket of hot water with baking soda and that used to work, but hasn't the last few times. Any one have any ideas (please preferably no cleaners). Thanks in advance! (:

Oh and this is not related at all, but can mice have grapes? I have given them raisins before but I thought I heard that they can't have them. I have tried to look up safe and non-safe fruits and veggies for mice and I have been unsuccessful


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You could use an extremely diluted solution of bleach in water, then rinse off really well...but since you prefer not to use cleaners, what about trying some vinegar?


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Oh, and as for the grapes--I know rats can have them, so I'd assume mice can, but I don't know for sure.


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You could use an extremely diluted solution of bleach in water, then rinse off really well...but since you prefer not to use cleaners, what about trying some vinegar?
Bleach is fine, I will either try that or the vinegar. Next cage clean that wheel stink is going to be history!!


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Hope it works!! If you do try the vinegar, you might also try mixing it with some baking soda. This usually cleans stuff pretty well.


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soak it in a big bucket of vinegar, water, and baking soda for a while then rinse and wipe with vinegar then water it should be squeeky clean and not smelly after.

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yeah i would say put baking soda on it (maybe dip in water before the the baking soda sticks) and then dip it in a big bucket of white vinegar and water, it will FIZZZ like crazy but should get the smell out! it worked to get cat pee smell out of my patio!
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I agree with the baking soda/vinegar.


It might also be time to get a new wheel. If the smell has soaked into the plastic (I'm assuming it's plastic?) it might not come out.

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Yes it is plastic. I will try the vinegar and if it doesn't come out I will buy a new one.


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Did the vinegar work? Or did you end up buying a new one?
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The trick that has worked VERY well on my cages is vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. If the hydrogen peroxide isn't available, the vinegar does seem to work pretty well on its own. I've found this has so far also helped prevent the white build up that comes with years of use! When cleaning cages and cage accessories (such as litter boxes), I just spray it down real good with vinegar (typically use white vinegar, since that's most readily available), concentrating more spray on the nastiest spots, then hose it off. Everything washes away pretty well and the odor seems to be minimized!
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What I would do is have two wheels on hand (one for the cage while one if being washed).

Try vinegar with some water and a bit of dish soap. Let tit site for a few minutes. Empty a little bit then add baking soda. Scrub. Rinse. Repeat.





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