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Thread: Can I machine wash pee-soaked cloths for reuse?

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    Default Can I machine wash pee-soaked cloths for reuse?

    I've been going through rolls of paper towels like crazy and have lately started using those blue and white dishrags you can buy for cheap at Coles, Woolworths etc. We just had a bunch of them lying around so I use them and discard. But if I were to reuse them, how can I ensure all puppy pee smell is gone? Can I just use white vinegar and if so do I soak the cloths first, or add vinegar to the machine (and how much)?

    Or, is there another product on the market easily obtainable in Australia? Like any of the Napisan/Oxyclean etc? Would prefer to stay away from products like Nature's Miracle as they are soooooo expensive and I've gone through a bottle of the spray already..

    thanks for any help

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    'leilei' - not really sure what you are asking here !

    Are the cloths being used when Luna is making mistakes in the house ?

    Are you toilet training her at all ?

    Are you using the cloths as toilet pads for the pup to use inside ?

    Sorry - need a bit more information !



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    wettex rags?

    puppy training fails?

    Pretty sure soiled cotton nappies involve scraping any lumpy bits into the toilet - a good soak in a bucket with a lid with napisan...

    but if it's just pee - I would wash with an enzyme based powder like biozet or omo ultimate, put about half again in of bicarb soda - so I use about 1/2 scoop of powder and about 1/4 scoop of bicarb soda (you can get in 1kg packs if you look hard enough - in the cooking section), and fill the rinse conditioner bit with white vinegar and then wash on a normal cycle. And then hang to dry in the sun.

    If you were really paranoid about pee smell - maybe add a drop of lavender oil to the rinse stuff. But I've never noticed any after a wash.

    PS I was super vigilant about puppy training. I think we had two maybe three accidents and they were my fault - for not taking her out often enough, and not fast enough when her nose went down sniffing for a spot - inside. And one time because I was away just too long and she exploded by the back door and was extremely apologetic. She knew where she needed to be but couldn't get there (no dog door).

    In the early stages, when I went out, she went in a crate. I put newspaper in the crate, which she properly shredded but never peed in.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 07-09-2013 at 08:24 PM.

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    In the 'Olden Days' when my kids were babies we didn't have disposable nappies and had to wash cloth ones. I had a bucket with a lid and would use a solution of 1 cup white vinegar to 1/4 cup bicarbonate soda. Fill the bucket with hot water, soak overnight. Tip the whole lot in the machine and run through the cycle.
    I had very few accidents with my pups, they were all taught from the start to pee and poop outside, I never used those puppy pee pads, I believe they slow down training by confusing the pup.

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    I also had very few accidents even toilet training 2 littermates.
    Nappy san is good.
    There is the occasional accident inside, I use an old towel (rag) and put it through the machine twice and dry in the sun..no napisan. The sun is a great sanitizer. No smell on the towel when dry and no smell on the carpet when I use vinegar after a scrub with morning fresh and water then some vinegar.

    I too am wondering why the volume of wee inside?

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Thanks Hyacinth, that's exactly what I wanted to know.

    "RileyJ" - of course I'm toilet training her. I have her on a schedule, take her out after every meal, every nap, every time she's played. However she's still a puppy and I'm not God. Accidents happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leilei View Post
    However she's still a puppy and I'm not God. Accidents happen.

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    Lol "i'm not God" (or "perfect" for the uncertain or athiests among us)

    A crate sure helps reduce the mistakes when you can't be watching all the time. My puppy went in the crate when I was cooking or washing up as well - any time I couldn't be watching.

    The fewer mistakes the faster the dog learns what you want.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 07-10-2013 at 09:53 PM. Reason: can't spell non-believer.

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    Oh god, how depressing
    there is now a generation, who have no memories of terry nappies

    Whilst reusable are eco n all that jazz
    paper towel is a lot more absorbent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leilei View Post
    "RileyJ" - of course I'm toilet training her. I have her on a schedule, take her out after every meal, every nap, every time she's played. However she's still a puppy and I'm not God. Accidents happen.
    thankyou.gif and very well said ! clap.gif

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