The Easiest Way To Do Fleece Bedding

This is the easiest way to do fleece bedding for guinea pigs, rabbits, and other small animals. Over the years I’ve done all kinds of different things for bedding in my habitats. Yes, I call them habitats. I have indoor ones, outdoor ones, I don’t call them cages. I try and keep them as open and free as possible for all of my pets because they’re part of my family. Their habitat is to keep them safe just like my house keeps me safe. For me, fleece bedding was a smart change and it can be for you too!

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27 thoughts on “The Easiest Way To Do Fleece Bedding

  1. Thank you for your post! Some really great advice… I bought some fleece pillow cases when I saw them on sale…they were 100 % polyester… so I thought that might work well. I just got my kids 2 baby guinea pigs and we are trying to figure it all out. They are so adorable! I appreciate the advice.

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  2. Really good idea, besides sanity is way more pretty. But I have a problema with these, my Guinea pig is super fluffly and her hairs get stuck in the fleece, even when washed in machine.

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    1. You can use a lint roller to help remove the hair before it goes in the washer. I’ve also had great luck using a bristle brush to give them a bit of a brushing before they go into the laundry! Our long haired piggies used to have this issue as well 🙂

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    1. Hi Catherine, Sorry I’m just seeing your comment. Some things do stick but something that can’t be brushed off. We use a dust pan and brush before giving a good shake and then they go into the washer. We do a bit of light clean up twice a week and then change the pads every 5-7 days.

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  3. I use fleece and my main issue is the hair! My long-haired male, Ruger, sheds on the fleece. It is next to impossible to sweep or shake off the hair. When I wash the fleece my washer and dryer are coated. I have to then run an empty load to rinse it all out. I worry about clogging the lines. Any ideas?

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    1. Hi Tammy! I’m sorry to hear you are struggling. We use a dust pan and brush twice per week to give the cage a good sweeping and then if I still notice a lot of extra hair during the shedding sessions I’ll hang them out on the line and allow them to dry and then I’ll just brush them again, give a good shake, and then into the washer. A lint roller might work well after they hang out and dry it’s easier to remove the hair.

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  4. I’m looking into getting a guinea pig and i’m doing as much research as possible to make sure i can take care of it properly. I am wondering how the cleaning works? Do you replace the towel & fleece more often than you would with chip bedding? Can you use fleece bedding if you potty train your guinea pig to use a litter pan? Want to make sure i choose what will be best for both me and the guinea pig. Thanks

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    1. HI Aimee, Sorry I’m just seeing your comment.
      We do a little more cleaning than with chip bedding but it’s so much more comfortable for the piggies that I don’t mind. Guinea pigs are not quite as easy as rabbits to litter train but it can be done. And yes, you could still use the fleece bedding you would just put it under whatever you are using as a litter pan area.

      In the long run it’s a bit more work but it’s more cost effective and comfortable for the piggies!

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    1. Hi Hailey! Good question. No. They don’t make the washer or the dryer smell at all. I am pretty proactive about cleaning and disinfecting my washer on a regular basis to begin with but I make sure most if not all the debris is off the pads and blankets before they go into the washer.

      If you are worried about putting the pads and blankets into the washer while they are so smelly or dirty you could do a couple of things. Change the pads more frequently. Or especially when it is very nice outside you can hang them out on the line and give them a rinse with the hose before you run them through the washer / dryer!

      Good luck and please let me know if I can help any further!

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    1. Hi Tunisia,

      We use regular laundry soap and occasionally vinegar if I notice that they are not smelling so great but usually just laundry soap on a hot cycle does the trick.

      I do use vinegar to clean and disinfect the cages after I remove the soiled bedding!

      Remember never to use fabric softener or a detergent with softener included. This will make the fleece less absorbent and means that the urine will not be wicked away from the surface as quickly as it should!!

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      1. I came across this and thought I could share some of my experiences with fleece.
        After I sweep the hay and poop off, give it a good shake, then I use a lint roller on it before it goes in the wash. It doesn’t get all the hair, but it is a HUGE game changer for me in the wash machine. Cleaning all that hair out of the washer is never fun!
        I use only vinegar to wash my bedding on the sanitize cycle, but I have one guinea pig sensitive to laundry detergent. They do not have an odor, but I do clean the cage/change pee pads daily and change bedding once a week. I hope this is useful to one of you! Good luck with your guinea pigs!

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    1. We never had piggies that would chew on their cage bedding. To help with that I’d make sure they have plenty of things to chew on, changing the fleece up frequently will help with that as well!

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  5. My guinea pig loves to popcorn around her cage so fast, it’s amazing. I think the fleece would be all wrinkled and pulled away from the sides of the cage unless they were held down some way. I thought of making fleece flippers so the fleece would withstand her racing around her cage and stay smooth and flat. What would you do if you were me?

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    1. When we are using this method with the racers (we have a few that get a little crazy too) we use a brick or a heavy book in each corner and just simply wrap the fleece around the back. It keeps the fleece in place but it’s also possible to stitch a velcro square to the corners and stick the opposite side on the cage sides!!

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  6. Thank you so much for this post, I was hoping there was a different bedding method than chips. It is so messy. We just got our little piggies last week and we call their home a habitat also.

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  7. I’m just wondering if there is another way to make the fleece more absorbent than what I’ve done. I’ve bought new fleece and have washed it in hot water and vinegar many times and it still won’t absorb.

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    1. If you are drying it in the dryer are you using fabric softener of any kind? That can prohibit the absorption. Also, I have had some types of fleece that I’ve had to wash 6-7 times to get the absorption levels up. Mine have all gotten better the more we have used them in terms of absorption so with use and age they should get better!

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    1. Moving blankets are typically filled with material that frays and falls apart. The ‘guts’ so to speak came out of the ones I used and make a huge mess when washing them every week. It wasn’t worth it for me timewise to go back and sew all the edges closed to keep that from happening. After I broke three sewing machine needles in the process I just decided they weren’t for me. Other people really like them, I think they’re too bulky and they aren’t better at absorbing so there’s really no advantages that I’ve found over the years versus just regular fleece and normal old towels! Pricewise it was also a lot cheaper for me to just use old towels that my family or friends were getting rid of. They’re easier on my washing machine than the bulky and heavy moving blankets!

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  8. I find using a folded toweling nappy (diaper) with another same sized piece of fleece on top, in the corners of my piggies’s indoor habitat, makes cleaning so much easier. Most of the poop and pee goes there, so I change those bits out daily. That way the rest stays fresh enough that I only need to change out the entire floor every 2 weeks.

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