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Hey all,

I haven't had budgies in a few years and I just got a new one (Fiona) last week so I'm needing to refresh on a few things. I've been just scrubbing at the water bowl with a paper towel every day to clean it. I remember I used to use a baby bottle cleaner to clean it (it's a circular shaped water bowl) which worked pretty well... but I was just wondering if anyone uses any soaps or disinfectants daily? Or is that more of a weekly thing? Thanks!

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I don't know what material your water dish/bowl/bottle is made from but those made from stainless steel or glass are less likely to harbor bacteria than those made of plastic. Washing the water container daily with a mild dish soap (or white vinegar) and hot water is always a good idea.
If it is the bottle type container then using a bottle brush in it would definitely make sense. You can also simply pop it into your dishwasher if it is dishwasher safe.

Simply make sure your rinse the container(s) thoroughly with hot water before putting it back into the cage. Having more than one water container would give you the option of having one in the cage during the time the other is being cleaned.

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Thanks for the reply! I'll start using dish soap or white vinegar just to make sure I get it super clean I might invest in a glass water container too... although I do love the plastic container I have right now because it has a lid so almost nothing ever falls in the water.

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Thanks for the reply! I'll start using dish soap or white vinegar just to make sure I get it super clean I might invest in a glass water container too... although I do love the plastic container I have right now because it has a lid so almost nothing ever falls in the water.

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I just use the stainless steel cups and change my birds' water several times a day.
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I haven't had budgies in a few years and I just got a new one (Fiona) last week so I'm needing to refresh on a few things. I've been just scrubbing at the water bowl with a paper towel every day to clean it. I remember I used to use a baby bottle cleaner to clean it (it's a circular shaped water bowl) which worked pretty well... but I was just wondering if anyone uses any soaps or disinfectants daily? Or is that more of a weekly thing? Thanks!
I use diluted distilled white vinegar (50/50 solution).
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I use an anti-bacterial dish soap and hot water every time a change the water which can be several times a day. I would use vinegar but the smell of it makes me gag.
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I use an anti-bacterial dish soap and hot water every time a change the water which can be several times a day. I would use vinegar but the smell of it makes me gag.
Vinegar is a wonderful non-toxic disinfectant for cage, perches, toys and food and water bowls. Have you tried apple cider vinegar?
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Thank you both! I'm definitely going to start cleaning with dish soap and hot water from now on
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Hi Stephen.. I have the same little water thingies you do! Since I have 2 birds in a cage each night, I also have another open little plastic water dish available. I love the covered one! I'm forever changing the water in the open dish (you know how that goes with all kinds of stuff finding it's way in the water). I also clean them daily. Do you use a covered food dish, too? I just have open seed/pellet cups, but those can get messy, too!
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