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Ambience
23-07-2010, 08:34 PM
I do all my cleaning outside but as i no longer have an outdoor tap at this house, i use my kitchen sink without the bowl in to wash my bunny's bottles and fill them.

Is this unhygenic? In my books it says to wash bottles in the bath and fill them.

What does everyone else do?

I don't have a problem with the way i do it, i bleach the bowl after. Does anyone else use the kitchen sink?

Thanks
Ambience x

Coineanach
23-07-2010, 08:38 PM
I wash mine in the sink. Never had a problem with it :wave:

sazzy
23-07-2010, 08:38 PM
I use the kitchen sink the bunnies and guineapig have there own bowl though

abbymarysmokey
23-07-2010, 08:38 PM
I don't use bottles, but I clean the bowls in the kitchen sink without the washing up bowl in.

Coineanach
23-07-2010, 08:38 PM
Actually, now I think about it, most people who have house buns must wash them in the house.

DemiS
23-07-2010, 08:42 PM
If they just need filling, I do it outside. I bring them in and use the kitchen or bathroom sink though when I need to properly clean them. I used to have a bottle brush, but that got lost somehow so now I just use rice :roll::lol:

funnybunnyabc
23-07-2010, 08:42 PM
kitchens sink :D
or neighbours outdoor tap when they're not in :lol::lol: (we dont have an outdoor tap)

Blackberry & Co
23-07-2010, 08:44 PM
Kitchen sink

wally4eva
23-07-2010, 08:45 PM
Kitchen sink for everything:D

Ambience
23-07-2010, 08:47 PM
I read this in rabbits for dummies that it is important to clean in the bath not the sink - but i think that if you are keeping your bunnies stuff clean daily, then it shouldn't really ever be dirty as such. I do use a bucket for there bowls though as they tend to get them filthy:)

Thanks for all the replies, that's really nice to know i'm not the only one and that it is okay to do it this way.

Ambience xx

*Spider*
23-07-2010, 08:48 PM
Outside water tap... :?

KarenM
23-07-2010, 09:04 PM
I wash everything up in the sink - sometimes I do them after washing up our stuff, other times I'll do the buns' stuff first.

I use the kitchen tap to fill the water bowl up again, adding a splash of hot water from the kettle (I've even been known to drink from the bunny bowl to make sure the water isn't too hot for them :oops:) ...... and I'm still alive to tell the tale. ;)

clutterydrawer
23-07-2010, 09:08 PM
kitchen sink...I don't even take the bowl out, it never occurred to me...then again the buns regularly lick my face and snatch food from my mouth so i think if i was going to get any horrific diseases from them I'd get them that way!

Elena
23-07-2010, 09:35 PM
I use a large dog bowl and it gets washed out at any sink. Old stuff flushed down the loo, rinse and then I put it back before refilling with a jug. It's really heavy when full!

minirex
23-07-2010, 09:37 PM
kitchen sink, same as the cats bowls.

BattleKat
23-07-2010, 09:54 PM
kitchens sink :D
or neighbours outdoor tap when they're not in :lol::lol: (we dont have an outdoor tap)
naughty naughty! We once caught our old neighbour filling up his paddling pool from our outside tap, my mum was ranting and raving about theft and trespassing and all sorts. Nearly wrote him a bill :lol:

I fill my rabbit water and chicken water up with the outside tap, but when it's time to wash them I soak them in hot water in the kitchen. I also wash my mice wheels, bottles and plastic bits in the kitchen sink so it's probably pretty disgusting germ wise.

hurricanhoney
23-07-2010, 09:55 PM
I use the bathroom sink hot water and milton.

Gem
23-07-2010, 10:15 PM
Erm.....dishwasher if it's ready to be put on, otherwise the kitchen sink

VickiP
23-07-2010, 11:22 PM
My buns bottles are emptied, rinsed out and filled from the kitchen sink twice a day morning and nightime and always have been as is my dogs and their bowls are washed in there aswell, obviously in fresh water from doing my own dishes etc and always rinsed well with clean cold water, I don't need detergents on the buns or dogs because they are washed thoroughly in cold water daily. I just disinfect my sink daily as normal as part of my normal cleaning routine, not because I've rinsed their stuff out though. I would be wary about an outside tap that didn't have an isolation valve on it to ensure it was just fresh water no backflow and I can't imagine going upstairs to wash their stuff out in a sink that I would wash my face and brush my teeth in :?

Kermit
24-07-2010, 12:46 AM
I use the dishwasher to wash all the buns bowls, kitchen sink to fill up their water.

I actually often use my normal food bowls to give them their veg in.

chelle
24-07-2010, 02:09 AM
I bring in their water bottles & wash out with a bottle brush & refill each day, as well as a bowl....in the kitchen sink.
I just rinse out a large plant pot bowl for their run.....but have to scrub it now & then.....
:p

pigsforlife
24-07-2010, 02:52 AM
The bathroom is closer to the bun/guinea pigs so I fill up water bottles there. Then once a week (or as needed) I put a bit of rice in, swish it around and empty it. Rice is the best cleaner!! Works a gem every time.

happybun
24-07-2010, 07:43 AM
kitchen or bathroom, whichever is nearer. they have water bottles and bowls, i don't share crockery with them. but then, i don't share crockery with people, either, if i can avoid it. my grandma's brothers died of tb in 1917-19 and that experience still influences behaviour!

weeble
24-07-2010, 07:54 AM
For just filling them I have an old 4pint milk bottle which I keep filled up outside and refill as needed. My lot have bowls though so slightly different but it does save a lot of time going back and forth to the house

Gertie
24-07-2010, 08:53 AM
Kitchen here for cleaning and filling up. I use separate water to wash the veggie pets, the carnivores, and the humans. I have a cold water tank in my loft which is where the water supply for my bathroom (2nd floor) and utility room (ground floor) comes from. I only trust mains water for their drinking as tank water isn't as fresh and with such sensitive tums, I'd worry.
Bit of a pain though, as my kitchen's on the 1st foor and my bunny and guinea both live on the ground floor, right next to the utility room! :roll:

VickiP
24-07-2010, 01:24 PM
I use the dishwasher to wash all the buns bowls, kitchen sink to fill up their water.

I actually often use my normal food bowls to give them their veg in.

I use 'our' side plates aswell, as long as they are washed properly can't see a problem, I would catch far more from kissing them anway :lol:

chelle
24-07-2010, 03:06 PM
The bathroom is closer to the bun/guinea pigs so I fill up water bottles there. Then once a week (or as needed) I put a bit of rice in, swish it around and empty it. Rice is the best cleaner!! Works a gem every time.



oooh - must try this - sometimes the bottle brush cleaner doesnt reach all the places!

Normally I rinse with lemon juice - and rinse well!
I let their bowls soak in lemon juice abit to dissolve any lime scale build up & give abit of elbow juice..Musnt leave tooo long though as its quite strong!:p

tigerangel
24-07-2010, 03:42 PM
kitchen sink...I don't even take the bowl out, it never occurred to me...then again the buns regularly lick my face and snatch food from my mouth so i think if i was going to get any horrific diseases from them I'd get them that way!

Same here :wave: Nobody in this house has any allergies to rabbits either so I don't need to worry about it somehow infecting the dinner plates :lol:

sillyrabbit
24-07-2010, 03:57 PM
Kitchen sink :)

jubob
24-07-2010, 04:19 PM
Kitchen sink to wash and fill water bottle up, dishwasher or kitchen sink to clean food bowls and cupboard for water bowl and veg bowl. Is there any reason we should be worried, never gave it any thought :roll:

Tamsin
24-07-2010, 04:39 PM
What are you expecting to catch from a rabbit's water bottle that you wouldn't catch from handling a rabbit? Presumably you also use the kitchen sink to wash utensils that have been touching things like raw chicken.. which IMO is more likely to cause illness. Personally I don't lick my sink but I guess that could be an issue if you do ;)

I have two bottles, bring out a full one (filled at the sink), empty the old on the flowers and take it inside when I'm done ready for the day after.

Ambience
28-07-2010, 04:21 PM
What are you expecting to catch from a rabbit's water bottle that you wouldn't catch from handling a rabbit? Presumably you also use the kitchen sink to wash utensils that have been touching things like raw chicken.. which IMO is more likely to cause illness. Personally I don't lick my sink but I guess that could be an issue if you do ;)

I have two bottles, bring out a full one (filled at the sink), empty the old on the flowers and take it inside when I'm done ready for the day after.

Thanks that totally makes sense. The book i got this from was the for dummies range- it said that it is important not to wash rabbit water bottles in the sink, which got me thinking.

I do handle raw chicken, then put the knives and chopping boards in the sink. So yes what everyone is saying sounds perfectly acceptable regarding bottles.
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Does anyone mix rabbit bottles up when cleaning (those who have multiple rabbits)- or do you keep each bottle unique to each bunny.

Until now i've done everything one at a time, but it would be easier to fill them all up together , clean them together etc. I am worried about cross contamination between rabbits with illness and those without.

What is the chance of a bunny passing something on to another bunny through a water bottle that has been cleaned,rinsed and refilled?

Alfagirl
28-07-2010, 04:30 PM
I use the dishwasher to wash all the buns bowls, kitchen sink to fill up their water.

I actually often use my normal food bowls to give them their veg in.

Me too!

At the sanctuary, buns get their bottle emptied, rinsed and refilled every day and their bottles disinfected and scrubbed twice a week.
The fill-ups are done individually, so each pair/group gets their own bottle back, but after the disinfect they just get any clean bottle.

We must disinfect at least 30 bottles though, so it would be near impossible to keep them all seperate without taking hours to do it, or wasting A LOT of water.
I follow the same routine at home - although I have a dishwasher to do the disinfect part!

Ambience
28-07-2010, 04:32 PM
Me too!

At the sanctuary, buns get their bottle emptied, rinsed and refilled every day and their bottles disinfected and scrubbed twice a week.
The fill-ups are done individually, so each pair/group gets their own bottle back, but after the disinfect they just get any clean bottle.

We must disinfect at least 30 bottles though, so it would be near impossible to keep them all seperate without taking hours to do it, or wasting A LOT of water.
I follow the same routine at home - although I have a dishwasher to do the disinfect part!

Thankyou for that- What do you disinfect with can i ask?