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Smelly fleece

Trillis

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We switched to fleece a few weeks ago. I have made liners that are fleece, zorb, fleece, which I put on top of a towel. Its a single large towel but 3 liners in the hutch. The liners are doing a great job of absorbing wee, but I am struggling with the smell.

For example, I put fresh, washed liners in the cage today at 3pm. When I got home at 7pm, the room stank. It's horrid. I normally try not to change all the liners at once, but did today. But we've been struggling with the smell for over a week because its been getting gradually worse. I started washing them more often (every other day) but don't know if this is making it worse. It's certainly not helping!

Can anyone advise?
 

SkyPipDotBernie

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I'm in the same boat. Cannot cure it for the life of me. I layer the fleece ontop with hay. Makes it slightly better
 

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Have you tried adding a bit of vinegar to the wash? I use this when I wash the fleece tunnels add the vinegar to the fabric softener bit in the drawer. . Also there could be a build up of detergent in your machine. Try doing a hot wash with nothing in the machine with no detergent added and see if it's all bubbly or not if it is there is a build up of detergent.
 

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I am having the same problem with both my piggy couples. I alternate with fleece and vetbed, but still have the same smell. I will try vinegar, but doesn't it rot the rubber on the washing machine?
 

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It hasn't so far and I've been using it for a couple of years. You don't use loads of it just a bit in the fabric conditioner drawer. I use white vinegar.
 

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Fabric and fleece helps absorbs moisture but sadly does little to nothing about the smell compared to bedding. I use a bit of both and put bedding inside a cat litter box and the littlebox serves as the cafeteria/toilet area. It also controls the hay mess to within the litterbox
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The mess outside the litterbox is mainly from the pellets and veggies cuz my boar just likes to eat those outside (This is a 2 days worth of mess btw, poop is also inside the litterbox since he mostly eats hay inside it)
 

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I also use hay trays at each end of the cage and fleece in the middle. A lot of wee goes into the hay trays as that is where they mainly eat.



 

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I use fleece & I use my own liners that I make... I do use smaller liners under their hay tray as this is where most of their wee goes.. and i change these probably every 2 days ..... to be honest I don't get much of a wee smell very often at all ... I wash at 60 degrees with Aldi non bio wash powder and always add white vinegar... good luck!
 

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I put an extra fleece liner on top and change it everyday. I used equine pellet bedding in my litter trays. It helps A LOT with smell. Unfortunately, my boys pee and poo where they sleep. Lol. I also wash with vinegar. I just change the wet stuff everyday.
 

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Was going to ask this question tonight how often u change fleece. It wasn’t on 24 hours yesterday and soaking under it. I’ve put put absortabnt cloths under it now amen change the pee pads pretty much12-24hours I’ve booght loads
 

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My piggies use their hay trays as their bathrooms, so much of pee and poo goes in to their bathroom hay trays. I clean out their bathroom/hay trays often and I don't have issues with smell. Mine are indoor piggies.

Here is my boy Finn's personal hay tray and bathroom. He is really good about using his bathroom. I hand wash all his fleece bedding every 4 days and there is very little pee on his fleece bedding. After washing, I also soak them in vinegar water to kill all the germs.

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When I very first used fleece I just piled hay on top of it but this very soon became very wet and very smelly.

Not long after I changed to using cat litter trays with bedding in the bottom (to absorb the pee) and tons of hay in the top. This really helped to combat the pee smell. I just clean these out once a day.

I change my fleece once per week and it only really smells on like day 6. So they do pretty well with the hay trays.
 

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When I very first used fleece I just piled hay on top of it but this very soon became very wet and very smelly.

Not long after I changed to using cat litter trays with bedding in the bottom (to absorb the pee) and tons of hay in the top. This really helped to combat the pee smell. I just clean these out once a day.

I change my fleece once per week and it only really smells on like day 6. So they do pretty well with the hay trays.
I’ve just got a cat litter tray from Poundland’s it’s really small so perfect for piggies

What bedding do you use? Found any that doesn’t attach its self to the fleece
 

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Mine are pretty good at not spilling any bedding onto the fleece. They have a ton of hay in the tray so never eat it down enough to get to the bedding.

I use snowflake softchip though as it is more absorbant and better then shavings. Aubiose is very similar though and much more widely available.
 

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I line my plastic hay trays with newspaper then some of that egg carton bedding (used to used Fitch but the price went up ) this is proving to be a good alternative.. then hay on top... this gets changed once a day (used to do it twice a day but now i have to have 2 hay trays i just do it once).
 

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I use fleece & I use my own liners that I make... I do use smaller liners under their hay tray as this is where most of their wee goes.. and i change these probably every 2 days ..... to be honest I don't get much of a wee smell very often at all ... I wash at 60 degrees with Aldi non bio wash powder and always add white vinegar... good luck!
What did you use for your inner layer?
 

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I use polar fleece on top of inco pads. I was the fleece every other day at 60 degrees to kill bacteria and spores. My fleece doesn’t smell.
 

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Do you know what the icontinece pads are made of? Ive found some the perfect size made bamboo terry
 
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