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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-07-2008, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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What does everyone use to clean your chin cages? Its really hard to find good, reliable information because one person (not in PT )tells me to use bleach in the bottom of the cage and the next person tells me that if you clean with bleach it can kill them. I've been using REALLY hot water with some very mild soap, but I don't think thats enough.
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Ive never had any Chins, but i deff wouldnt use bleach, Maybe just hot water and vinegar? thats what we use for our rabbits cage seems to work really well.



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yeah vinegar works great!

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Ok thanks guys! I hate the smell of vinegar so much, but if it will keep my baby healthy I'll definitely use it
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Yep, white vinegar is what I use too.

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I use hot water and vinegar, but sometime I do use a little antibacterial soap.



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Ive never had any Chins, but i deff wouldnt use bleach, Maybe just hot water and vinegar? thats what we use for our rabbits cage seems to work really well.
I didn't think bleach sounded like a good idea either. I was going to get some cleanser from Petco, but I think that stuff only works as a deodorizer not a disinfectant.
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bleach should only be use in case of a very sick chin to disinfect the cage, when using bleach only 1/5 bleach and the rest hot water and rinse rinse rinse. It really shouldn't be used as an every day cleaner.



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Simple Green. Or Biokleen is supposed to be natural. maybe those would be good?
i use nolvasan for now. but i will be changing it soon.
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I'm going to use the vinegar because I don't want to introduce him to any harmful chemicals. I'll definitely look for the all natural cleansers that you mentioned. Thanks
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I trained my chinchilla to use a litter box in the corner of the cage, so not a whole lot of poop gets onto the shelves. I just take the vacuum cleaner in and use the extension tool thingy to clean off the shelves (taking care to stay away from the chinchilla that is fascinated with the vacuum).

I just carry the whole bottom of the cage to a dumpster and dump out all the bedding (Which is really thick to make my life easier).
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haha i kinda wish my chin was fascinated with the vacuum! Mine gets nervous when he sees it, and gets scared when i use it. always running into his hide house where it needs to be cleaned the most!
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haha i kinda wish my chin was fascinated with the vacuum! Mine gets nervous when he sees it, and gets scared when i use it. always running into his hide house where it needs to be cleaned the most!
I wish mine wasn't fascinated with it! (maybe we should trade).

I left the nozzle of the vacuum in the cage after I was done vacuuming and she kept sticking her head in it. She tries to do the same thing when it's on and I have to avoid her.
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I trained my chinchilla to use a litter box in the corner of the cage
How did you train yours? I tried, but nothing worked!
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I wish mine wasn't fascinated with it! (maybe we should trade).

I left the nozzle of the vacuum in the cage after I was done vacuuming and she kept sticking her head in it. She tries to do the same thing when it's on and I have to avoid her.
haha too funny! maybe we should trade! although it might be harder to vacuum with a chin whos running after the vacuum than one who runs away lol.
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