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Old 10-14-2016, 08:21 AM
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I'm thinking of trimming off a branch/twigs from a Jacaranda tree and a Eucalyptus tree (I've doubled checked that they are budgie-bird safe) and while searching on how to disinfect tree branches, I've received many answers, so again, I have more questions ^^;
(I've already seen the thread of safe/unsafe wood and what to use for disinfecting, I would just like to know more about which seems to be effective and how much to use and for how long)

1. Which disinfectant is more effective? Vinegar x Water? Bleach (the bleach we have here is for clothes... Which is Cold Power and Dynamo.) x Water? Dishwashing liquid x Water? (This leads to the next question)
2. How much of Vinegar do we put in Water? How much of Bleach do we put in Water? How much dishwashing liquid do we put in Water? How much is too much?
3. I can't use our oven nor can I boil it so I'll have to leave it out in the sun. How long would I need to leave it out once done soaking?
4. When I get the branches, should I bake the branches (sun) before I put it into a solution and then bake it again and for how long (both drying before and putting in solution)? Is it alright to do multiple sessions? Like putting it into the solution and then drying it, and then putting it into solution and then drying it again (if so, how many times should I do it or is it unsafe?)

I've been trying to research the most effective and safest ways but I've gotten so many different answers.
Thank you so much.
And very sorry to be another person to repeat a question that I believe has been repeated many times.

EDIT: I just realised I put this thread into the wrong category as it should be in the DIY section. I'm not sure how to move if there or if members can move it. ^^;; sorry about that.


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If you live in a warm climate, the inside of a car can get pretty hot. I have put things on the dashboard to kill bacteria with heat and UV. I don't think it can get to 200 degrees, which is what some recommend for killing bacteria, but I think it can get hot enough in summer heat to do a good enough job, if an oven is out of the question.

Bleach for cleaning, not for washing clothes, is what I use to disinfect things. Some of the 'clothes washing' types have other ingredients. A bottle of Clorox brand disinfecting bleach is my choice. The beauty of clorox is it immediately disinfects upon touch, so a quick dip and rinse is all that is necessary in most cases. Cleaning wood is difficult, because bacteria can be down deep where clorox can't reach, which is why heating the wood is much better insurance.

I am working on some wood for my budgies as well, but will definitely heat the oven to 200 degrees and leave the pieces in for about two hours. Then after that, I will put it on my dashboard in the car for about 1 day, turning them a few times so the UV can reach all the surfaces. All this after I have dipped them in clorox and water.

I hope I will get any nasties out of the wood using this method.
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