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Goat milkers... how do you clean your milking equipment?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Chirpy, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Colorado
    I would love to know how everyone cleans their buckets, strainers, etc. between milkings.

    Do you sterilize them, just wash with soap and water or run them through a dishwasher? Or ?
     
  2. WisconsinChick

    WisconsinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I clean mine with bleach water.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    A dilution of bleach water will not remove milk proteins. Over time they build up. You will begin to get off tasting milk or milk that tastes "goatey".

    You should scrub everything with a stainless steel scrubber and use a cleaner specifically for dairy equipment.

    I use the dairy soap from Hoegger's

    http://hoeggergoatsupply.com/xcart/product.php?productid=3838&cat=128&page=1

    Hot water will make the proteins adhere to the surfaces. I rinse well in cold water, wash in hot soapy water with the dairy soap and rinse.
     
  4. WisconsinChick

    WisconsinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks misspriss, I didnt even know that.
     
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Colorado
    I'm really glad I asked after hearing MissPrissy's answer. Thanks so much. I need to change the way I do things.
     
  6. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I wash my hands......[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2008
  7. toddntiff

    toddntiff Out Of The Brooder

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    cold water, soap and a little hydrogen peroxide will also remove the proteins and prevent buildup!
     

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