Just like the setup process, cleaning bird cages is a daunting and tedious task. With so many areas and corners to scrub, it can be difficult for new bird owners to familiarize the process.
Although birds can take good care of themselves, their cages don’t. And when not taken care of, they can easily get dirty and filthy. When this happens, it doesn’t just affect your bird’s overall health. It will also result in air contamination, which may irritate your family and your visitor’s eyes and lungs.
If you don’t want to come across this problem, it is advised that you clean your pet’s cage at least once a week and consider the tips we have below:
1. Remove everything inside the cage.
Before you actually begin the cleaning process, you have to empty everything inside the cage. This should include the bird itself, its water and food dishes, its perches, as well as other important things your pet owns.
To make things faster and easier, you can take the enclosure near the trash can. This way, you can remove any droppings or unwanted debris from the bottom of the cage. If there is any liner, make sure you remove it and throw it in the designated bin.
Take note that if you don’t have any other cage to put your pet temporarily, always close the doors or windows, and make your home bird-proof. This way, your pet won’t be able to fly away.
2. Prepare a cleaning solution.
When picking a cleaning solution for the cage, you have to get one that is safe, not only for the birds, but also for humans. There are solutions out there that may only cause allergic reactions, so make sure you consider its chemical composition ahead.
Although there are commercial bird cage cleaning products on the market, you can still create a solution at home. In a small bowl, mix baking soda, vinegar, and mild dish soap in warm water. After which, you can pour it into a spray bottle. By doing so, it will be easier to apply the solution to the bird enclosure.
3. Wash the cage.
Regardless of the appearance, design, and the type of bird cage, before you apply the solution to it, you have to remove any unnecessary dirt and filth using plain water. And, the simplest way to do this is to soak the cage in the bathtub. While it is ideal to use relatively hot water in the process, make sure you do not burn yourself. If a bathtub or hot water isn’t available, you can just use a simple garden hose. It’ll still have the same results.
4. Scrub it.
Once you have already washed it with water, get a brush and the cleaning solution. And then, apply it to any cracks and corners in the cage. If a cleaning brush doesn’t fit, you can use a toothbrush instead. When scrubbing, do not ever forget to clean the bottom and top of the enclosure, as well as the bars.
5. Rinse the enclosure again.
Once you have gotten rid of all the dirt, you need to rinse it with water to eradicate the remaining cleaning solution. But this time, you don’t necessarily have to dread so much about the water’s temperature. The goal here is to eliminate any residue that may cause your bird to get sick.
6. Clean the possessions of your birds.
Now that you have cleaned their home, it’s time for you to take care of their possessions. Using the same cleaning solution, wash your bird’s water and food dish. But, it is suggested that you make a new solution, especially if it is already very dirty.
If you think this is too much of a hassle, you can clean your pet’s toys and dishes in the dishwasher, so as to minimize manual labor.
7. Disinfect the cage, if possible.
If your pet has been sick, or if the cage is too dirty, you have to disinfect it to eliminate all disease-causing germs and bacteria. The easiest and most convenient way to do this is to use a commercial disinfectant spray, which is available at your nearest pet stores.
In case you haven’t seen any disinfectant spray, you can create your own solution using bleach and a gallon water. Simply apply it to the cage and all other accessories of the bird with a toothbrush or scrub brush. But, make sure you practice caution as it can be very harmful to both birds of all types, as well as humans.
8. Dry everything.
After you’ve cleaned everything, it is time for you to dry the cages and other bird accessories under the sun. If you are in a hurry and you don’t want to wait, you can wipe it out with a kitchen towel or paper towel. The bird cage has to be entirely dry before you return the bird, as well as its accessories.
The best way to keep your bird’s cage clean on a daily basis is to use a cage liner. Though this may come at a certain price, this would really make a difference. And, by using this you will soon realize that cleaning bird cages won’t really be a major issue.