Cleaning styrofoam incubators

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JAPJRGIRL21, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. JAPJRGIRL21

    JAPJRGIRL21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Suggestions welcome for cleaning assistance of the styrofoam incubators. I have previously been using Dawn dish detergent to clean it, but while it appears clean, it doesn't smell clean when it gets all heated up. Can I use bleach? Can I use anything else? Thanks!
     
  2. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I use bleach...

    First I rinse with the hose, then I pour bleach in--and (gently) scrub with a sponge. I then hose it out again, and let it air dry. It should smell clean and a little like bleach when you're done...
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It also helps to let it sit outside in the sunshine and fresh air. Just be sure to put it somewhere it can't blow around and get damaged or even blow away.
     
  4. JAPJRGIRL21

    JAPJRGIRL21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I too use the hose outside and then let it sit outside in the sun until completely dry. It just keeps having that smell. Hopefully now that will be gone![​IMG]
     
  5. It also helps to let it sit outside in the sunshine and fresh air. Just be sure to put it somewhere it can't blow around and get damaged or even blow away.

    And also somewhere the chickens can't get to it. I left a styrofoam LG bottom on the back deck to dry and it got EATEN!
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  6. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had an lg once that had 3 eggs explode in it , it was really bad so i decided to realy clean it up with Gasoline ,, Oh well
    at least I saved the element and theromostat . On the farm we have cleaned almost everything with gas , just forgot for a moment what it does to styrofoam .
     
  7. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I hate cleaning the styro baters. I just dont feel like they ever get totally clean. I have a Genesis that I incubate in, but I transfer the eggs to my Brinsea Eco 20 to hatch it. Cleans up so easy!!!!!
     
  8. bwhite28

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    I usually just use some mr. clean all purpose cleaner. I fill up the incubator with a mix of water and a couple glugs of mr. clean and then scrub it a little bit with a sponge. This gets ride of them smell and cleans it up great! Just an alternative to bleach and still sanatizes and cleans it up.
     

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