Chlorine Dioxide Solution – The Key to Teatscrubber Success

When you combine using a Teatscrubber with a consistent prep routine you will see healthier teats and better milk quality.  But there is a third ingredient to maximize your results – FutureCow’s Chlorine Dioxide solution.  The combination of all three is the most effective way to prep teats.

What is the Secret to Teatscrubber Success?

Chlorine Dioxide is Only Available with FutureCow

  • There is nothing else you can put on a teat that is safer

  • As the teat dries Chlorine Dioxide evaporates leaving no residue

  • Chlorine Dioxide is a quick kill disinfectant, which acts quickly to kill 99.999% of 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)

FutureCow Chlorine Dioxide Comparison

Benefits of Chlorine Dioxide

Our patented 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 does not produce carcinogens


Chemical Mixing System

By utilizing ultra-concentrated ingredients, there is no longer a necessity for large quantities of chemicals at your facility. The Teatscrubber’s cleaning solution, which contains Chlorine Dioxide, is mixed on-site and can be tailored to accommodate evolving conditions on your farm. FutureCow’s Chemical Mixer guarantees a consistent blend of the cleaning solution, ensuring uniformity across every batch. Our latest Chemical Mixer is equipped with a monitoring system and chemical level sensors, guaranteeing a continuous supply of FutureCow solution and eliminating the risk of running out.

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.

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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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