Bird Cage Cleaning



This article is posted as part of PGAA’s curation efforts. This was originally posted at Innovative Cages


Every week, the entire bird cage will need to be cleaned. You should designate a safe place to put your pet bird during this time. All toys, water, and food bowls have to be disinfected. If regular cleaning does not take place, your bird will be susceptible to disease and infections. Using bird-friendly cleaning products is important so that you don t unknowingly endanger your pal. All natural options, like a vinegar and water mixture, are always a safe bet.

Safe and Unsafe Cleaning Solutions

  • No aerosol products in the home or oven cleaners (air freshener, furniture cleaner, hairspray, etc.)
  • Mild dish soap diluted with water is OK
  • Pure steam and water with no solution will kill mold
  • Laundry detergent is ok for your bird s towels, but no fabric softeners or dryer sheets
  • Baking soda mixed with water into a paste is a safe gritty and deodorizing cleanser

Underneath the Cage

Cage liners need to be changed every day to prevent fungal growth and ammonia fumes. Appropriate cage liners include:

  • Newspaper with non-toxic ink
  • Plain paper towels
  • Waxed paper
  • Butcher paper
  • Brown paper bags

Don t use:

  • Wood chips or shavings
  • Crushed walnut shells
  • Corncob bedding
  • Cat litter
  • Dirt or sand

Any of these liners can kick up dust that can irritate your bird s respiratory system or be ingested.

Other Cleaning Tips

  • Wash food and water bowls daily
  • Purchase a plastic bottom tray liner and clean weekly. Consider using a top grate as well to further separate your bird from the droppings.
  • Rotate and clean toys weekly
  • Scrub cage bars once a month
  • Make sure the cage stays dry as birds get cold easily

This article was originally posted at Innovative Cages and PGAA was authorized to post by Shaun Kennedy. 2016 © Innovative Cages