No one likes to live in a dirty house, and your bird is no different. As a bird owner, you are responsible for keeping your pet's cage neat and clean—a must to ensure his health and comfort.
Birds can be messy creatures, and sometimes you need more than just a damp rag to tackle stubborn stuck on food and droppings. Because birds are so sensitive to chemical fumes and odors, caution must be taken to choose a cage cleaner that won't harm your pet.
Here is an easy recipe for a safe and effective cage cleaning solution that you can make at home. A few minutes and a couple of household ingredients can go a long way in helping you keep your bird's cage nice and clean—as well as saving you a lot of time and elbow grease.
What You Will Need
Assemble these materials and ingredients:
- 1 clean, empty spray bottle
- 3 cups hot water
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons pure lemon juice
Lemon juice may not seem like an attractive ingredient to all bird owners, but is completely safe for birds and contains natural enzymes that act as a disinfectant to kill bacteria and help break down organic material. It can be purchased at just about any grocery store, or you can juice your own lemons to make your cleaner extra fresh.
Be sure to use a clean spray bottle and label it for this cleaner only. Recycling an empty bottle that was once filled with a commercial cleaner is never a good idea. Although you can wash the bottle out, many times remnants of the chemical that once filled it will remain. The safest thing to do is to buy a brand new spray bottle. These can usually be purchased for under a dollar and can be found at virtually any grocery or department store.
This cleaner should be made fresh for each use:
- Add the hot water to the spray bottle.
- Add the baking soda.
- Add the lemon juice.
- Swirl to ensue the baking soda is dissolved and evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
- Use hot water as it will be better for dissolving the baking soda. Room temperature or cold water will not work as well.
- Discard any leftover cleaner. As it contains fruit juice, it will grow bacteria and mold. Make a fresh batch each time.
- Rinse the spray bottle well after use, and use it only for making this cleaner.
Using the Bird Cage Cleaner
Spritz surfaces of the bird cage with the cleaner and wipe clean. Once the surfaces are clean, thoroughly rinse with plain water and dry. Although this cleaner is safe for birds, it's always best to rinse and dry any cleaned surfaces for the comfort of your pet.
Used often, this homemade cage cleaner can be a handy tool for making your life as a bird owner just a bit easier. In addition to being a cheap way of effectively cutting through dirt and grime, it provides a safe alternative to harsh commercial cleaning agents. Protect your bird's health and your environment by trying this easy and economical cage cleaning solution.