Fleece Bedding

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Hello. I am going to be a New Guinea pig owner very soon. We have decided to use fleeces bedding and make some cage liners and pads.

Have been reading about using fleece how to wick it.

From what I gather I need to do the following make sure the fleece is anti-pill fleece and is 100% polyester or polar fleece and that I need to use a bio washing powder that has no optical brightners. and keep washing and drying it till water goes through the fleece if somebody could just confirm I've got this information right I'll be very grateful also any idea as to what washing powder to use

And once fleece is wicked. Can I use non bio washing power to wash the cage liners. As long as I don't use any fabric softener

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Yeah this is right. I made the mistake of using the really fluffy type of fleece and didn't wash it a few times first..

Once you've washed the fleece a few times at a high temperature you can wash it normally with non bio. At least that's what I do and it's perfect, moisture runs right through it and into the towels undneath so the pigs arent sitting in pee.. :)
 

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Yeah this is right. I made the mistake of using the really fluffy type of fleece and didn't wash it a few times first..

Once you've washed the fleece a few times at a high temperature you can wash it normally with non bio. At least that's what I do and it's perfect, moisture runs right through it and into the towels undneath so the pigs arent sitting in pee.. :)

Thank you so much. Just did't want to go out and buy the wrong stuff

Also I have a bag of old towels. Which I'm planing on using as the middle layer. can I just was them in normal washing power. Before I see them in to liners
 

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Thank you so much. Just did't want to go out and buy the wrong stuff

Also I have a bag of old towels. Which I'm planing on using as the middle layer. can I just was them in normal washing power. Before I see them in to liners
Yeah that's fine.:nod:

I've got a layer of waterproof correx (but tarpaulin or linoleum works too) then I put down a layer of towels to absorb the pee, then I put 2 layers of fleece over that.

At first I washed the fleece on high temperatures just to make it wick then after that I wash both fleece and towels normally at 40 degrees. But once every so often I wash at 90 just to kill any bacteria.

My piggies love the fleece it's so cosy:drool:
 

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Hi and welcome, it's an exciting time prepping for your new piggies :)
You may want to consider buying polyester wadding (it's quite cheap) to use as your middle layer, it washes well and dries much quicker that towels :)
 

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I always used Fairy washing but this didnt work well with the fleeces so bought some non bio from Aldi - great stuff ! worked straight away...
 

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We use non bio in Tesco's brand. It hasn't really got a scent plus I have eczema so it doesn't irritate my skin either :)
 

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I use Ecover, again it's not scented, and I add a scoop of an oxi-powder in for hygiene.
 

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I don't think towels underneath will wick away the wee very well. If you want a bouncy feeling for them then I layer like this; at the bottom an old fleece, the next layer I use child's protective bed pads (pound shop) or some people use puppy pads, then I use a 100% cotton mattress protector, that wicks away the wee really well, then the top layer is the fleece cage liner. I never get any smells & the fleece stays really dry. You can put litter trays in with newspaper & hay, mine do a lot of wees in there. I always put their fleece beds on top of extra fleece pieces (Make sure you stitch the edges so no fraying) in the corners & change them more frequently :)
 
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