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Message #6099. This is a followup to #6096.

Name:The Baker's Birdhouse
Date:Sunday April 29, 2007 7:25:49 am MDT
Subject:Re: Question about Soap
Message:thank you so much for your replies! I will definitely check out that website later. I generally only use dish soap on both my hands, and bird accesories. If I use barsoap it's homemade with no scents or anything like that, it's about all my hubby can use due to some of his allergies.

Mahlikah wrote:
> I've worked with animals for years, and also various (usually smaller
> birds, and birds of prey before my Parrot came along...) and always
> have washed my hands with soap.
> I use liquid dish soap alot, but I do not use a lot OF it prior to
> handling my bird. I rinse well until I can no longer feel that
> "slippery" feeling all over my fingers, between my fingers, palms of
> hands...everywhere.....
> and as far as bar soap goes, I pretty much apply the same rule when
> it comes to rinsing....rinse rinse rinse until you can no longer feel
> soap residue. It's all basically common sense, and not to be lazy with
> rinsing, which laziness usually leads to not rinsing thoroughly.
> Now there's still the issue of the soap's scent left behind...this
> scent has been absorbed into the skin through the pores, and is not
> easily able to be "rinsed off"...
> but if there's concern with that slight scent soaps leave behind,
> then use something like Neutrogena unscented soaps.
> (I use unscented most of the time, since it's also best for contact
> lens handling so as to not transfer that "scent" into the lenses)
> The Baker's Birdhouse wrote:
> > In reading through the back posts I've noticed where it has been
> said
> > several times that the remnants of soap on things that have been
> > washed can hurt birds. I'd always been taught to wash things like
> > dishes and cages thoroughly with soap (dish soap) rinse very
> > thoroughly and dry completely (particularly fruit/veggie cups) so
> > this is a new one on me...
> > I mean, i have assumed that large amounts of residue (like if you
> > didn't rinse well) would hurt them, but these posts make it sound
> > much more serious.
> >
> > So, since I like to check things for myself a bit, I'm wondering
> if
> > any of you could provide me with some sources for info (books,
> > websites, anything)-- not trying to be skeptical, I've just found
> it
> > better not to trust any but my vet's word on birdie advice without
> a
> > lil research of my own as well :) and sometimes I even get a
> second
> > opinion on him lol
> > and I also have a further Q
> >
> > If it's that dangerous, what about soap residue on our hands???
> Could
> > my Nanday get sick from 'preening' on my fingers after a hand
> wash?
> > Even if my hands seemed to be rinsed well and are completely dry?
> > That's really scary because I always wash my hands before handling
> my
> > birds!
> >
> > I saw one person suggesting a vinegar mix, does anyone have any
> other
> > things they use instead of soap?

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