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If you have reptiles, you realize the importance of cleaning your cages to help keep your reptiles in good health.  As herpers, we have all had to deal with the annoying scents that some terrariums pick up after some use, so disinfectant and odor removers are one of the necessary cleaning products in your reptile room. Zoomed Wipeout is a somewhat new product on the market, and my personal favourite.

The Product

Wipeout, which is made mainly of alkyl and ammonium chloride, comes in a small bottle sprayer form. You can purchase 3 different sized bottles:  4.25 oz, 8.75 oz, and 32 oz. I bought a 32 oz bottle about a year ago and it’s still good.  Realistically I’d purchase what will last you about a year. Don’t be surprised if you use it fairly often; it removes just about all annoying stains, odors, and many other things that plague your terrariums. A big plus is that Wipeout not only works on terrarium stains & odors but other household stains and odors as well. I tested it on my door after my cat urinated on it, and it worked wonders. Generally I’d stick with the terrariums, though.

The Test

When I received a bottle of Wipeout to try, I decided to make it easier to do the review and got a smaller piece of glass to to test it on. I placed the piece of glass in one of my crested gecko cages for a month to let him dirty it up. He did a good job of it, too good as I was to find out. I was not able to get the stains out right away, but they came out after a minute of scrubbing. To prepare for the clean-up, I followed the directions and let the Wipeout sit on the glass for 5 minutes. The company’s description of Wipeout says it deodorizes your terrarium. Clean is definitely the word that popped into my head when I smelled it. The scent is not very strong at all; I could only detect it when I was close to where I’d sprayed.

The first mess to take care of was the fecal mess. I removed as much of the solid waste as I could, sprayed the stained areas and began dabbing with a paper towel. I did have to scrub a little, but in a few minutes all the fecal stains were gone. Next I went after the food stains. This is where my gecko went a bit overboard. I did the spray and dab several times on one half of the glass and there was a noticeable difference in the stain. I repeated this over the next few hours and continued to notice the stain was lessening. I still needed to work on it to get all the stain out, one reason why it’s important to attack a mess as soon as possible. The amount of food also made it take longer for the old CGD smell to disappear. I sprayed it over a period of several hours but it did the trick. A week after the last spray, I can’t smell any food, or anything for that matter: the glass looked and smelled good as new. My cat seemed to confirm that when I turned around to see him sleeping on it.

Review Wrap-up

+ Very Pet Friendly. It didn’t leave any potentially harmful residues on the glass.
+ Long lasting. It remained active for about a year once mixed up, though I do recommend purchasing a newer bottle for difficult stains.
+Works! I did have to repeat, but my crested gecko had made a real mess. I was glad that it continued to work with the repeat uses and that the stain & odor didn’t set after one use and not come out. With the size of the mess, I would expect to have to do the repeating I had to do with any stain & odor remover.
+Light Scent. It doesn’t have an overpowering chemical scent. In fact, I couldn’t detect any scent unless I sniffed the glass.
+ Cost. The cost with shipping is comparable to similar products on the market.
– I found it hard to find any negatives to this product. I’m not going to give it a negative just a small suggestion. If this product came in a small tablet or powder that you mix in with water, it would be the perfect product.

Review by
Daniel Ruberto
Crazy Cresties
www.CrazyCresties.ca (under renovation)

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Daniel Ruberto is a 16 year old Student in Toronto, Canada. He had a love for animals from a young age and got his first reptile, a bearded dragon who is alive to this day, at the age of 8. Before the age of 14 he had owned 9 different species of reptiles, and bred 4 of the species. At the age of 15 one of his father's colleagues expressed an interest in the reptiles and invested in a new project, crested geckos. Daniel Ruberto and Clayton Book now run 'Crazy Cresties' (formerly "The Golden Gecko")

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