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How to clean incubator??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tala, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    So I have finished up a good hatch, and now my bater is all gunky and smelly. (I have a plain LG styrofoam bator btw.)
    SO how do you guys recommend cleaning this thing???

    The options are hot soapy water of course, bleach, vinegar, anything I could buy, and I can put it out in the sunlight too.....what do you recommend??
     
  2. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think that ALL the options that you listed should be used.

    THAT should do a good job.

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No good advice, but congrats on the good hatch. I'm gonna follow this thread because I hope to have the same problem in a couple of weeks. [​IMG]

    ETA: I think I'd start with the soap/hot water and if that didn't work well take a junk piece of styro and test the bleach, vinegar, etc. on it before using it on the bator--not sure if the styrofoam can survive being cleaned with bleach....maybe diluted? [​IMG]


    I'm just guessing/rambling though so hopefully someone who has done it will show up.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2010
  4. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's what I do with my styrobators. [​IMG]

    Take the bottom and screen to the sink and spray out as much as I can get off. Most of the time I spray it down, walk away and let it soak for 5 min or so. Come back and spray it again. Brush out as much gunk and chunks. Do the same with the screen.

    Put the screen in the dishwasher. I just set it on top of the dishes on the bottom rack and run as usual.

    Spray down the bottom with Clorox Cleanup. Let it sit. The rest of the dirt can be scrubbed off with a brush and should be clean. I have rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, spray it down and set it in the dish rack upside down to dry.

    for the top, I wipe out with Clorox cleanup. Don't spray it on the motor. Then spray the motor area lightly with alcohol. Wipe clean and set on top of the bottom to dry.

    This gets it spic and span!
     
  5. Julie08

    Julie08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    when I take the turner out to prepare for lock down I line the wire rack with cheese cloth then set the eggs on the cloth, when the hatch is over I gather up the cloth and pitch it out. Of course the bator still need to be cleaned but it certianly eliminates the majority of the mess.
     
  6. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:For you that may be doubting this stuff, it's AMAZING.... [​IMG] Absolutely makes almost any gunk turn loose, or disappear. I used it on some vinyl boat seats Friday, and made a layer of mold/mildew/funk disappear .......... whereas nothing else would touch it. They look like new. My wife used it around the kitchen and bathroom Saturday, and made everything spotless. And yes, I will use it on my LG bator in 21 more days when my quail hatch off.....

    Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with the manufacturer of this product ... but I do like the stuff [​IMG]
     
  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use it all the time too--it's great stuff, I just wasn't sure if it would eat thru the styrofoam. Thanks everyone, I feel much more prepared now.
     

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