I have a cat that is being treated for a swollen wound on his forehead
that oozes matter. He has been on strong antibiotics and still has
this problem. Some of the infected matter has gotten on towels that
are colored. He will be going back to the vet today and will probably
have the wound lanced.
Anyway, since these are colored items, what can I wash and disinfect
them with in the washer? I have the old Lysol brown solution, but it
makes the clothes smell so strong. I used to be able to find the blue
colored fresh smelling Lysol on the shelves, but can't find it
anymore! Don't want to use clorax on the colored items that are not
safe to use the clorax to keep them from bleaching.
email@example.com (Michelle Moreland Orlando) wrote:
-> I have a cat that is being treated for a swollen wound on his forehead-> that oozes matter. He has been on strong antibiotics and still has-> this problem. Some of the infected matter has gotten on towels that-> are colored. He will be going back to the vet today and will probably-> have the wound lanced.-> -> Anyway, since these are colored items, what can I wash and disinfect-> them with in the washer? I have the old Lysol brown solution, but it-> makes the clothes smell so strong. I used to be able to find the blue-> colored fresh smelling Lysol on the shelves, but can't find it-> anymore! Don't want to use clorax on the colored items that are not-> safe to use the clorax to keep them from bleaching.-> -> Any suggestions?
I have found that I can bleach most expensive towels and they won't
fade much. Of course, there's no way to know without trying. Is there
some reason your towels must be a certain color? Just personal choice?
Some of my cheaper towels completely changed color when bleached!
I bleach my towels every time I wash them, and the good ones are the
same color they were when I bought them. Just a little faded.
Why not get a disinfectant like Detol? These should be safe on fabric
without bleaching. If not then try a sanitiser like the ones here
www.DrClean.co.uk/Retail_DrClean/OdourTreatments.asp and the Sanifresh.
Prochem are in the USA so you may be able to get it locally.
Hope this helps.
Very hot water and detergent should disinfect them. I wouldn't worry about
the bleach, although as someone noted, you may be able to use bleach -- just
test one. You might also get some Lysol (the original kind) and follow the
directions for laundry if it makes you feel better. Still, most bacteria
will be killed by hot water and detergent. Furthermore, most bacteria need
some moisture to survive, so they won't make it though the dryer. Just the
fact that they will be diluted in the wash water and two rinse cycles will
be beneficial. You generally have to reach a threshold number of bacteria
to get an infection since your body has natural defenses that constantly
kill small numbers of pathogens. A bigger concern would be to make sure you
wash your hands after touching the cat.
I wash all my towels and underwear (white AND colored) in bleach water. Over
about a years time I have had some minor fading in my colored underwear, but
nothing drastic. Perhaps putting 1/4 c. of bleach in the water and washing
would ease your mind.
As an FYI, I also put a splash of bleach in my dishwasher.
-> I wash all my towels and underwear (white AND colored) in bleach water. Over-> about a years time I have had some minor fading in my colored underwear, but-> nothing drastic. Perhaps putting 1/4 c. of bleach in the water and washing-> would ease your mind.-> -> As an FYI, I also put a splash of bleach in my dishwasher.
I think a lot of dishwasher detergents already contain
bleach. At least, they smell like they do.
I have been experimenting with similar things for similar purposes.
Dogs are really sensitive, probbly more than people, their sense of
smell is acute.
There are two leads I can give you:
1.) T-Tree oil products. That is supposed to be anti-germs. The
EASIEST way to get it is to find a Melaleuca distributor, its an MLM
company, and probably you have friends in your sphere that want to show
you their wares. There are amazing things they got, different strengths
and such. Even the pure oil. Look up T-Tree oil in google for its
properties. I"m a professional house-cleaner, and I like to use them
and other non-hazardous substances exclusively in my work... cuz i do so
much and don't want to be exposed to poison on an hourly basis.
2.) "Pink Solution": this is my STABPLE incredient. I use it on
everything, and don't wear gloves for cleaning. I met the manufacturer,
and he ate a spoonful for me. (I would gag uncontrollbly, not
recommended for everyone to try.) However, it works out cheapest
because I use it so diluted, or stronger when I want real action.
I would recommend cleaning/soaking the towels/coloured items in Pink
Solution overnight in your washingmachine, before running the load, to
get the stains and stuff out. YOu'd be surprised what Pink Solution
gets outta stuff. It is my substitute for bleach. Gentle on bras and
white things, doesn't yellow like Bleach does, and in fact, has removed
yellow on a couple of things.
I DO NOT KNOW if its anti-bacterial or not... my forgetful brain fails
me. MIGHT be, and I've been meaning to ask the manufacturer, the next
time I get a chance.
However, you could then rinse the stuff in a T-Tree oil product made for
the purpose of disinfecting, and that should do ya.
Matthew A. R. Sherian wrote:
I guess you have a different idea of "cheaper" than I do. According to this
32 oz of "Pink Solution" is $32 Canadian. I can get three 100 oz jugs of
laundry detergent such as Era for $10 - $12 on sale - buy one, get two. I
use about 2 oz of detergent in a load of laundry which means that it costs
8 cents a load. Here are the instructions for your "pink solution" as
posted on the above website:
"Laundry: 1-cup heavy mix per load of wash. 2-cups if very soiled. "
Therefore, it would cost between $8 and $16 to wash a load of clothes with
"pink solution." Since the OP was interested in disinfecting the clothes,
and it is only necessary to wash them in hot water and detergent, that is
$8 - $16 worth of expensive cleaner flushed down the drain.
I assure you that I do not pay that per load... GEESH... you mix the
stuff into a watered down solution, and ......
well, i guess you havent' used it, so you just don't know.
I buy the biggest lot of it, more economical that way, too.
Also, since my hands are in cleaning solution all day long, and i have
to breath the stuff, I do not like it to be toxic! I use it for
windows, (do not need a squeegie, cuz it dries streakless), for toilets,
laundry and especially great on wood floors...
Compare that to windex, Mr. Clean, all the other seriously toxic
ingredients that make you gag, or your bare hands burn. I can put my
raw hang-nails into pink solution, and suffer zero discomfort or
irritation. Try that with ANYTHING ELSE.. or BREATH ANYTHING else, and
see you feel if you drink anything else.
If its not good for fishes to drink, then I don't want it in my toilet!
I can go one better than you pink solution. Just use steam. That's what I
use for nearly all my cleaning jobs, other than laundry of course. Water is
nearly free and is entirely non-toxic.
Wow.... steam would be terrific, i'm sure... but how do you get it? I'm
just one of those cleaning ladies that for low wages goes home to home.
Sound to me like you need expensive equipment to create steam. How do
you steam clean a toilet or under the tub? Do you steam clean teddy
bears and lingerie as well?
Eureka Enviro-Steamer - $39 at Tuesday Morning. Takes no chemicals, so it
pays for itself sooner or later.
Small steam cleaner on sale at Meijer $29. Yes, it can be used on toilets
and in tight areas and on fabric. Takes no chemicals
As you can see, each device costs about the same as a quart of that pink
Actually.... i'm starting to fall in love with this idea, and its cheap
enough that even if it bombs, it pays for itself eventually. What does
it do to the glue on the back of linoleum?
Does the heat cause problems with sythetic glues and surfaces?
I have used the floor cleaner for about 5 years on all types of floors -
vinyl, tile, sealed wood, and laminate. It has never caused a problem with
the flooring. I used it on glue-together laminate and snap-together
laminate without problems. But, just like an iron, you can't turn it on and
then go answer the door, leaving it in one place. They recommend that you
not leave it in one area for more than 45 seconds as I recall. The floor is
cleaned and dries in seconds without having any chemicals or buckets of
water to tote around. You do have to sweep the floor to remove debris
before using the steam mop, but I always did that before using a bucket and
There are two models of the Enviro Steamer. The original and the deluxe. I
would avoid the original model because you have to use their proprietary
cloths with the unit. They are contoured to fit the machine and have an
elastic band that holds them on. The deluxe model has spring clamps that
will hold any cloth. I use pieces of old bath towels. The unit also is
more square and gets into corners better. I actually own both. I liked the
original so much that when I saw the deluxe model on sale, I both it also.
If you are interested in steam, rather than buy two inexpensive units like I
mentioned, you might consider getting one unit that is a little more costly
but more powerful. Home Shopping Network (hsn.com) often features a nice
canister type steamer at a good price. When they feature products they
often have some combination of price reduction, free shipping, and multiple
payments. The good thing about HSN is that you have 30 days to use the
product. If for any reason you don't like it, you can return it and they
will refund your purchase price and the shipping cost. You would be out
only the cost to return it to them, so there is very little risk. Having a
machine with a larger boiler means that you can fill it once and do a lot of
cleaning. Some machines let you add water without letting it cool down.
A side benefit of the steamer is that you can use it to remove wrinkles from
draperies and clothing. It isn't a miraculous cure-all device, and you will
have to use some specialized cleaner occasionally, but it does address a lot
of cleaning needs in an effective and non-toxic way. In the long run, you
will probably save some money no matter what brand of cleaner you no longer
have to use.
THANKS... I shall look into this. It totally appeals to the enviro
aspect of my agenda. ;) Thanks for the tips, too... they are in my
files. If you can think of anything else.. pass it along, too, please.
(side note: the sweeping thing is no biggy, as I always do that, even
before vaccuming, to lower impact on the machine.)
Vox Humana wrote:
Tea tree oil is highly toxic to cats. Cats' livers don't have the
capability that humans and dogs have to handle the terpinols in it.
They can get sick just from smelling it, and if they walk on a floor
you cleaned with a tea tree oil product, it can seriously poison them
by both absorbtion through the skin, and licking their feet.
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