Disinfecting styrofoam 'bators

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CheerfulChaos, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. CheerfulChaos

    CheerfulChaos In the Brooder

    I've been searching on this topic, but can't find an answer. Got a brand new 1588 sitting on my counter, thermometer and hygrometer calibrated and ready, and eggs coming hopefully on Thursday. Do I need to disinfect the incubator prior to first time use? What does everyone else use to clean their styrofoam bators with after a hatch? All advise welcome as I am new to the incubating scene. I did read the stickies on incubating but didn't see any mention about cleaning agents suitable for styrofoam.[​IMG]

  2. Ryu

    Ryu Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    I clean mine with mild dish soap, give it a good rinse, then wipe it down with a 1% bleach solution, then dry it off with a towel 5 minutes later.

    The best thing is probably Lysol I.C. it is a Quaternary disinfectant a dilute solution of that works great to clean and disinfect

    Both of those will kill just about anything that might be lurking.

    For my new bator--I have to confess I didn't do anything except plug it in and go [​IMG].

    Happy hatching!
  3. CheerfulChaos

    CheerfulChaos In the Brooder

    Thank you Ryu! Just the info I needed![​IMG]
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I never cleaned mine the first time I used it either. After a hatch I always take the bottom, the wire and the plastic trough and soak in the tub in a solution of weak bleach, mild hot water and dawn dishliquid. Rinse well. The top I just wipe down with the same solution, and then let it air dry in the sun for the day.

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