Chlorine Dioxide Solution – The Key to Teatscrubber Success

Using a Teatscrubber and following a consistent prep procedure results in healthier teats and better milk quality.  But there is a third ingredient to that successful recipe – FutureCow’s Chlorine Dioxide solution.  The combination of all three is the most effective way to prep teats.

Now Acceptable For Use on Organic Farms

FutureCow’s patented Chlorine Dioxide solution is now allowed for use on U.S. organic dairy farms. 

7 CFR § 205.603 (b)(9) – Sodium chlorite, acidified – allowed for use on organic livestock as teat dip treatment.
National Organic Standards Board – Formal Recommendation to the National Organic Program.
Organic Materials Review Institute – Acidified Sodium Chlorite, certifiers should take extra care to verify that only citric acid is being used to activate the sodium chlorite solution.

Chlorine Dioxide is Only Available with FutureCow

The FutureCow Advantage

  • Chlorine Dioxide is a quick kill disinfectant, which acts quickly to kill microorganisms on the teat while leaving the skin healthy.
  • There is nothing else you can put on a teat that is safer
  • As the teat dries Chlorine Dioxide evaporates leaving no residue
  • 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)

Nothing Else Comes Close

  • The FutureCow brush is effective at killing bacteria on teats even with a short contact time
  • Our brushes do not dry the teats via absorption. Instead they 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
Chlorine Dioxide Comparison Chart

Benefits of Chlorine Dioxide

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

  • Fast drying, mild on skin
  • Works better with high bio-loads on teats
  • Improves teat-end condition
  • Eliminates iodine usage
  • QAC Free, does not form chloramines

Chlorine Dioxide – A Better Choice

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


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 1000 ppm with a pH below 3. This range will vary based on the type of organic bedding utilized and overall bioload.

FutureCow Solution Efficacy
TeatScrubber Control Box and Chemical Mixer

Chlorine Dioxide Beats Electrolyzed Water for Teats

Teat scrubbing machinery is only one part of an effective system.  The disinfectant in most cases is the most important part of the process. ELW systems, Sodium Hypochlorite and associated products are ineffective and unsafe for use in teat scrubbers.

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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