Monday, April 14, 2014

Homemade Cleaning Solutions For a Parrot Cage

One of the responsibilities that comes with owning a pet parrot is cleaning out their cage on a regular basis. Parrots love to make a mess inside their cage, knocking off their loose feathers, tossing their food around, and tearing up any newspaper or wood shavings. It's the owner's responsibility to keep their parrot's cage clean by removing all of this debris as well as sanitizing it with a proper cleaning product.

But you must use extra caution when choosing a cleaning product to use in your parrot's cage. Traditional kitchen and bathroom spray cleaners are typically produced with bleach and other harsh ingredients that could prove toxic to a small parrot. It's best to avoid these products and stick with something more gentle and safer for your feathered friend.

Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

Mixing lemon juice, baking soda and water together creates a highly effective, all-natural cleaning solution that's perfect for parrot cages. Don't worry too much about the exact ratio of the ingredients, but instead make water the base of your cleaning solution while adding in a small amount of real lemon juice and baking soda. Mix the ingredients up thoroughly and pour the solution inside an empty spray bottle.

The lemon juice and baking soda concoction will sanitize your parrot's cage without leaving behind traces of harmful chemicals. Using to much lemon juice may cause some irritation if your parrot happens to get it in their eyes or on their skin, but it's a safe, non-toxic ingredient nonetheless.

Diluted White Vinegar

Another DIY homemade cleaning solution for your parrot's cage is diluted white vinegar. You can purchase a bottle of filtered white vinegar from most grocery stores for about $2-$3 bucks, making this a cheap and easy cleaning product. Simply dilute it with 1 part vinegar and 2 parts warm water into a spray bottle and generously spray it inside your parrot's cage.

Vinegar is a safe disinfectant that's perfect to use inside a parrot's cage. It instantly kills germs upon contact while leaving your parrot's cage smelling nice and fresh (the vinegar odor dissipates after a while).

These are just two quick and easy homemade cleaning solutions for parrot cages. Regardless of which product you choose, make sure it contains safe, all-natural ingredients that are gentle enough for use around parrots. Parrots, or all birds for that matter, are sensitive to fumes and harsh chemicals, and cleaning their cage with certain products could lead to illness.

1 comment:

  1. [...] This is probably common sense to most people, but it’s still worth noting that allowing your parrot to live in a dirty cage increases the likelihood of them catching an infectious disease. Try to get into the habit of cleaning your parrot’s cage once a day, dumping the tray and scrubbing it down with a safe, all-natural cleaning solution. [...]