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We don't have any bleach here, as the only bleach we have here is for clothing - Cold Power and Dynamo, so I was thinking of using vinegar.
Is there a specific vinegar to use? The only vinegar we have here is White Malt Vinegar. Would that be fine? And when disinfecting, could I just pour vinegar into the water (cold, warm or hot? Could I boil some hot water and then pour it in the sink and then put the branch?), or is there a limit/measurement of how much vinegar to put in?
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You can simply pour boiling water over the branch to disinfect it.
If you use vinegar, White Vinegar is the correct kind and you don't need to dilute it, just use it full strength.
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You can simply pour boiling water over the branch to disinfect it.
If you use vinegar, White Vinegar is the correct kind and you don't need to dilute it, just use it full strength.
I went to the stores today and I got this type of White Vinegar. Is this alright?
There was a bottle called Cleaning Vinegar and this one I bought (White Vinegar) and I didn't know which one to choose so I chose the White Vinegar.. Since you said that the correct type was White Vinegar. Is this alright to use for disinfecting?

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The one you bought is perfect.
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The one you bought is perfect.
That is an absolute relief! Thank you so much!
Last question, if I do happen to use our oven, wouldn't the wood catch on fire? And would I have to preheat the oven first (sorry it's a dumb question). Thank you!
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If you use the oven, you preheat it to 250 degrees F (122 C)
Put the branch(es) in for 30 minutes.
As long as you ensure none of them are touching the heating element there will be no problem with them catching fire.
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If you use the oven, you preheat it to 250 degrees F (122 C)
Put the branch(es) in for 30 minutes.
As long as you ensure none of them are touching the heating element there will be no problem with them catching fire.
Okay! I'll remember to do that!
Thank you so much for helping me! ^^ Hope it goes well
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I have a few questions again. Sorry and thank you.

1. I was at school in woodwork class (where we could make and create things) and we were using a piece of wood to create a circle for the object we're creating now and since about 5 people used it and it's all shaped as a circle (i thought it could be an idea for a budgie toy? Or just something they perch on or whatever) I was wondering whether this would be okay for the budgies? It won't be inside the cage but outside the cage (not sure where to put it though, I'll probably hang it somewhere outside the cage). I asked the teacher whether if he knew what type of wood it was and he said it was pine, commercial pine or something like that.
Would it be alright to use? Or is it too risky? I could just sand the rough areas more as I have some sand paper which the teacher allowed me to take home.
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2. I was just researching some more diy natural perches and I've heard that we should avoid dry eucalyptus branches as its not good for birds/budgies? Is this true?
I would like to know whether the branches I got for my birds look alright? I'll be cutting some shorter but I'd just like to know. I'll start the disinfecting soon, possibly this week or on the weekends.
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3. If I were to tie the branches together, could I tear one of the spare clothes here and tie a knot to keep the branches together? Or could the material be a risk? I don't have any rope or string that here..

4. I heard that Eucalytpus branches are really flammable, especially when dry. Would ithe wood still be safe to bake it? Or is it too dry?
I'll probably just end up soaking it into vinegar and then hot water and drying out in the sun...

Thank you so much!

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