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Friday, December 23, 2011

Spot Removal: Think Outside The Cage

Krissi has returned from the successful Help Hank project and is posting on Modern Rosies again!  Today she has one of those great "off label" uses for a product every house should have - especially if you have children or pets.  Or husbands...  ;)

I keep a product in my house that is nothing short of magic.  A little birdie told me about this product.  OK, he wasn't little.  And, to tell you the truth, there were two of them:

Oscar (Military Macaw) and Charlie (Blue & Gold Macaw)
Macaw parrots I met during my days as Development Coordinator
for a  parrot rescue and education organization.
The magical product is called "Poop-Off" and is a biodegradable product intended as a completely non-toxic way to clean bird cages.  Anyone who has tried to remove dried bird poop from their car will know it isn't easy to clean up.  What you may not know is that birds have very different respiratory systems than other vertebrates and are, as a result, susceptible to poisoning from airborne particulate matter and toxins that you and I wouldn't even notice.

by "I Have No Shirt"
You see, that's why coal-miners carried canaries with them. When Mr. Canary went feeties-up in his cage, the miners knew it was time to leave the mines lickety-split and get some fresh air.  Of course, by then, it was too late for the canary, but that's not what we're here to talk about.  I've only mentioned Mr. Canary so you know that if a product is safe enough to spray around birds, then it is safe to use around humans! Yep, even around babies or if you have allergies, asthma or chemical sensitivities - I know.  Cool, huh?

So now that we've got the safety aspects covered on this, let's get on to what truly makes Poop-Off so magical.  IT REMOVES EVERYTHING.  Well, most everything.  It doesn't work on mothers-in-law, but it really is miraculous.  We always keep a couple of spray bottles and a gallon of Poop-Off in our house.  So far we and our friends in the know have used this to remove:
  • Outdoors
    • Bird poop from cars, lawn furniture, etc. (duh)
  • Carpet Spot Removal (includes upholstered furniture and your car interior!)
    • Cat pee smell   <--- this alone should tell you how magic this is
    • Cat and dog pee stains
    • Barf stains (Kid, cat and dog in origin)
    • Kitty/doggy poop
    • "Who spilled something?" mystery stains
    • Kool Aid  and wine spills
  • Laundry Pre-Treatment
    • Grass stains
    • Berry stains (blueberries, strawberries, etc.)
    • Protein drink stains
    • Chocolate
    • Blood
    • Poop (new Moms will appreciate this)
    • "What did you spill on this?" mystery stains
How to use this magical product.

  • Blot up as much of the offending spillage as possible (DO NOT RUB)
  • Saturate area with Poop-Off
  • Allow it to sit for a few minutes
  • Blot up Poop-Off (DO NOT RUB)
  • Repeat as necessary
  • For laundry treatments, I saturate the spot as soon as I discover it, and once again before putting it in the washing machine.
Poop-Off is relatively easy to find online.  It can be ordered from Drs. Foster and Smith and if you have a local PetCo, you can find Poop-Off in the bird section.  But don't be fooled into thinking that you can get whatever enzymatic cleaner your local pet shop has on the shelf.  I've tried them ALL and this is the only one the actually works.  It's the only one that is magical.  

Go get some before the holiday spilling really gets going!

Krissi Sandvik is a mixed-media artist, DIY group Corporate Rejects member and the owner of Krissi's Art Studio, home of Skelekitty and Friends. She was recently named "best tutorialer on the web" by her friend Rachelle Rose and she publishes a tutorial or "Ask Krissi's Art Studio" feature on Fridays here at Modern Rosies.


  1. Thanks for sharing this, sounds like I better stock up...then buy stock! ;D
    Wonder if it works on fire/smoke damage...

  2. I have to second and third Krissi's article. As a parent of three exotic birds, a large Macaw being one of them (and a poop machine known as an African Grey) the product truly is amazing. Though I pay a little more for it there, I get mine from the locally owned bird store where I get their food. I didn't know it could be used in so many other ways - score! She's right, I've tried others, but this stuff is the BEST!

  3. Thanks Jim! Sometimes I feel like the Dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but instead of Windex, my solution to everything is Poop-Off!