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Cleaning and disinfecting bird toys. Rope and wood.

I have a bunch of big bird toys I had for my 'tiel and I was wondering how I could clean and disinfect them all at the same time.

My idea is this; I fill the tub with only hot water (it gets hot trust me, steaming hot, I think could possibly get blisters if you held your hand down there for like a minute or so) and add a full bottle of vinegar, the bottle is 0.3L and 24% (I don't know where i got 99.9% from before I edited, does vinegar that strong even exist?). That's the strongest i could find.

Let that sit over night, repeat the process but tomorrow morning and let it sit 'till the water is cool/room temperature.

Then what do I do? I don't want vinegar soaked in there.
Should I repeat the process again, but this time, without any vinegar?
I was thinking i could just rinse it off with hot water wearing rubber gloves, but it still gets too damn hot on the hands, so that's out of the question.

Would that work?
Do you guys have any other ideas? Maybe quicker too since we have a lot of laundry to do as well hehe.

EDIT: I made this thread in a hurry and just noticed that there's another section mentioning toys, would that be a better place for this thread?
It seems kinda dead though, and I'm kinda impatient and would like to get as many views and replies as fast as possible hehe

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I throw my rope toys in the washing machine and use a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle. The vinegar will disinfect them. Wood toys I scrup with 1:1 solution of vinegar and water and allow the wood to thoroughly dry before putting them back in the cage. Vinegar doesn't need to be rinsed and is safe for your birds.

Let the rope toys completely air dry too.

You don't need scalding hot water if you are using vinegqr.
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Well some of them are made out of both rope AND wood.
Some have plastic beads and little links, some have leather 'strings' (would strings be the right word in this context? I'm a little distracted and can't think straight hehe) with knots on them, and some with plastic dice.

Our dishwasher is kinda old and already partly broken, so unfortunately, I can't put them in there.
Bud is my idea okay? Would it work? Do one was with water and vinegar, then you gave me an idea, i'll scrub everything, then i'll soak them again but with just water, then scrub again and let air dry. Or could I pat the toys down a little big with paper towel first and maybe ring out hanging pieces of rope so it doesn't drip.
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That soumds fine. Just make sure they are dry when you give them back. Also, you may need to work with the leather thong as it dries to make sure it doesn't get stiff. Moving it around and stretching it gently occasionally should do the trick.
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I read on another forum that scrubbing and using just warm water is just fine as long as the toys haven't been around other sick birds or animals, which they haven't.

Probably a year ago or so i read that warm/hot water is the best disinfectant for birds.

Thing is though, there's old 'tiel crap on some toys, will warm water be enough for that, or should i use that 24% vinegar?
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Vinegar is a good cleaner.
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Great, does percentage matter a lot?
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When doing general cleaning I use a 50/50 vinegar/H2O solution. In the laundry I put 1 cup vinegar per full load.
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Yeah, but like I said, if I do it in the laundry, it's gonna break lol, so I'll just mix vinegar and water and scrub.
Then do another scrub with just water.

EDIT: How does this sound?
I'll do 3 washes.
First one will be a mixture of water and vinegar, for the main cleaning and disinfecting part.
Second and third I'll JUST use water. Once I'm done, pat them down and dry them up a bit with a towel and then let them air-dry by the window or so

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My point was, what ever you do will be fine. The vinegar will disinfect and clean.
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WHATEVER YOU DO!!! Do not use HOT water with vinegar around your birds! Believe it or not, the fumes that come off it can actually kill your feathered buddies

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WHATEVER YOU DO!!! Do not use HOT water with vinegar around your birds! Believe it or not, the fumes that come off it can actually kill your feathered buddies
WOW! I never knew that about vinrgar! Thanks!

I wash the rope perches, like one or two every week with small amount of Tide laundry soap, double rinse, let dry (not in dryer), and return to cage.

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I usually throw plastic toys like balls in the laundry with my clothes. I just make sure to take them out before I add fabric softner.
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