Chlorine Dioxide Solution is Key to TeatScrubber Success

Using FutureCow’s TeatScrubber to prepare teats prior to milking results in a more consistent process, cleaner teats, and higher quality milk. Our exclusive use of a proprietary chemical solution plays a vital role in this success.

Exclusive to FutureCow Teatscrubber

Our TeatScrubbers spray Chlorine Dioxide during the teat scrubbing process. Chlorine Dioxide is a quick kill disinfectant, which acts quickly to kill microorganisms on the teat while leaving the skin healthy. No solution used in any teat scrubber on the market is more effective than chlorine dioxide – and FutureCow is the only scrubber that can use it. (US Patent #8,402,902)

  • The FutureCow brush is effective at killing bacteria on teats even with a short contact time
  • FutureCow brushes do not dry the teats via absorption. Our brushes dry the teat by pushing the solution away from the skin
  • A properly prepped teat will glisten but have no drips
  • After 90 seconds of prep lag time the teat will be completely dry and ready for milking

Benefits of Chlorine Dioxide

Our super concentrated Chlorine Dioxide solution kills microorganisms quickly and leaves no residue to eliminate the chances of milk contamination.

  • Kills completely
  • Fast drying
  • Improves teat-end condition
  • Mild on Skin
  • Eliminates iodine usage

More Reasons to Use Chlorine Dioxide

  • Has 2.6 times the oxidizing power of waterborne chlorine
  • Has a much wider pH spectrum than chlorine, making it more versatile
  • Is registered with EPA and is considered an excellent bactericide
  • Unlike chlorine bleach, Chlorine Dioxide does not produce any carcinogens


Chlorine Dioxide Comparison Chart

**Chlorine Dioxide is only available with FutureCow**

Chemical Mixing System

The use of ultra concentrated ingredients eliminates need for bulk chemicals at your facility. The Chlorine Dioxide cleaning solution used in TeatScrubber is blended on site and can be customized to meet changing conditions on your farm. FutureCow’s Chemical Mixer ensures consistent blending of the cleaning solution. This results in the same solution in every batch you blend, every time.

Recommendation: We suggest a mix of 600-1000 ppm with a ph below 3. This range will vary based on the type of organic bedding utilized and overall bioload.

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TeatScrubber Control Box and Chemical Mixer

TeatScrubber Research Studies

# 1 – TeatScrubber vs. Predipping

Teat preparation and teat hygiene are key preventative factors in reducing Anaerobic Spore-forming Bacteria (ASFB), a common cause of spoilage in cheese. So how does FutureCow’s TeatScrubber Prep System compare to predipping? This study compared the effect of a teat scrubber vs. predipping on reduction of butyric acid forming anaerobes count. The study was conducted in 2 dairy farms in Argentina utilizing FutureCow’s TeatScrubber Prep System and its proprietary use of chlorine dioxide.


Monthly bulk tank milk samples were collected for Anaerobic Spore-forming Bacteria (ASFB) microbiological analysis. The anaerobic spore content and bacterial counts were obtained for statistical analysis and comparison.


FutureCow’s TeatScrubber using chlorine dioxide reduced the ASFB content in milk 48% compared to predipping.

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#2 – Impact of Chlorine Dioxide on Bacterial Counts

The study compared the ability of the teat scrubber system to remove bacteria from teats cleaned using the automated teat scrubber as compared to teats prepared using conventional methods (forestrip, predip with 0.5% iodine, dry).


Teat skin swabs were taken before and after preparation and analyzed for different bacterial counts (Total Bacterial Count, Streptococcus spp., Staphylococcus spp. and Gram-negative Bacteria). Reduction for each bacterial count was calculated as the difference between the samples collected before and after preparation.


For teats that were cleaned using the automated teat scrubber system, the concentration of chlorine dioxide was extremely important and found to significantly influence the teat scrubber’s cleaning performance. Results from our analysis indicate that as the concentration of chlorine dioxide increased, the reduction in bacterial counts also increased. The FutureCow TeatScrubber prep system can be as effective in reducing bacterial counts on teats (or more effective for Gram negative bacteria) when the concentration of chlorine dioxide is kept at >500 ppm.

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