What is the best thing to clean an incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CrestedGirl, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I am wanting to clean and disinfect my incubator after i just hatched my first eggs, what would be the best thing too use that isn't to harsh?
     
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  2. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mild bleach water, then let it air out good in the hot sun.
     
  3. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    thank you!!
     
  4. cornishbantamfarm

    cornishbantamfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    i use white vinegar with a bit of baking soda<
    here is my recipe:

    1/2 a cup white vegetable vinegar

    2 tablespoons of baking soda

    1 tablepoon water

    this works great for me, vinegar disinfects, baking soda takes smells away and water thins it out
    this is completely natural and wont hurt anything or any one!
    after washing and scrubbing with the mixture just rinse out the rag and just wipe out with water
    this is much safer then bleach
    thanks![​IMG]
     
  5. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I use a 5 step process when I clean an incubator..
    1) clean out all the loose gunk
    2) wash with a mild dish detergent to get the rest of the gunk and then rinse
    3) when it LOOKS clean I wash it again with vinegar and rinse
    4) wash again with baking soda mixed with water and rinse
    5) wash a final time with hydrogen peroxide and rinse, dry and then let air dry to remove any excess dampness

    may sound like a lot of cleaning.. but this way i KNOW it's clean and no harsh chemicals that will harm the next batch of eggs have been used
     
  7. CluckCluck18

    CluckCluck18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to use vinegar and baking soda......chlorine bleach is VERY toxic and I would worry about lingering fumes. [​IMG]
     
  8. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always used a mild bleach mixture & never had a problem with it, just let it air out good, but everyone has there on thing, not trying to misslead anyone but it works good for me.
     
  9. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    i am so glad i found this thread. i woulda never guessed vinegar, baking soda, etc.

    cornish:
    honey...:
    yinepu:

    milles mercis!!! (as we would say in the old country!)
     
  10. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I clean with white vinegar...Allow to dry...Lightly mist with Oxine and close the doors for 24hrs...Open doors to air dry.

    My incubators/hatchers are too large and cumbersome to lug in and out of the hatching/brooding room(in the house)for a sun bath.

    Marty
     
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