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post #1 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning a bucket...

I am getting a new horse and I am using my old horse's bucket. I want it cleaned up and fresh for the new one. I am thinking to use bleach, is this ok? The new horse will be here tomorrow @ 2ish. What is a good, non toxic way to clean a bucket? Thank you!


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post #2 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 08:44 AM
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Use vinegar (apple cider) preferablely. It is a good, natural and safe disinfectant that won't hurt a horse, also use hot water to help kill any germs from the previous horse. Hope that helps.
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post #3 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 09:47 AM
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I use a 10% bleach solution. It will disinfect better than ACV, IMO. One part bleach, 9 parts water. Just rinse it out. I dip my brushes and grooming tools in it and scrub them. Then just lay them, bristles down, to dry. It helps prevent the spread of skin fungus from one horse to another.
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post #4 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 09:55 AM
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I love using mouth wash for my brushes. Bleech can change the color and possibly warp the plastic.

For buckets I scrub super well with commet.
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 10:45 AM
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I love using mouth wash for my brushes. Bleech can change the color and possibly warp the plastic.

For buckets I scrub super well with commet.
Bleach warps buckets? Changes the color? I let a bleach solution sit in a bucket for a day to disinfect it. Never had any issues. Our buckets are old!

We also use a dairy grade disinfectant that is intended to clean milking equipment.
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post #6 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 10:48 AM
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I use bleach as well, with no problems.

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post #7 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 10:59 AM
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I use bleach or Listerine.

I use Listerine for the daily scrubbing. It keeps the buckets nice and fresh all summer long. And no need to do a major rinse. The cool mint smell seems to be liked by the horses.
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post #8 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 03:18 PM
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Bleach warps buckets? Changes the color? I let a bleach solution sit in a bucket for a day to disinfect it. Never had any issues. Our buckets are old!

We also use a dairy grade disinfectant that is intended to clean milking equipment.
No, I mean the brushes. I've made my grooming supplies look a little funky a few times with bleech. If the buckets are old and have alot of scratces or things like that I just recycle them and buy new ones. I don't think plastic buckets really hold bacteria, unless they arent rinsed well or have imperfections (bite marks ect...)
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post #9 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 03:20 PM
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Bleach is fine, just use hot water to neutralize when you rinse it out. =]

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post #10 of 18 Old 12-16-2009, 03:26 PM
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I would use white vinegar and warm water, with some dish soap if you wish :)
Works just as well :)
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