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Old 06-07-2015, 07:32 PM
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Just a quick question. What do you use to clean your budgie food and water trays and how frequently do you do it? I looked around and it seemed that people do it differently. So whats the best way to do it?

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Since I no loner use the trays provided with the cage (thanks, Ms Trouble, I really do not need wall to wall seeds in the house), I use an assortment of shallow dishes, stainless steel and glazed ceramic.

Since what I feed is sticky (vegetable coated seeds) and with the dishes being in the bottom of the cage, they also get pooped on, they go into the dishwasher, along with my plates, etc.
Otherwise I wash them with hot water and dish soap, give them a good rinse before I let them air dry. Same as for my dishes or the cat bowls.

When I feed only seeds, I might not clean the dishes every day, just as needed.
When I feed mixed vegetables, I also clean the dish ever day 9or more precisely, I use a fresh dish every day. I sometimes done do dishes every day, I am not Martha Stewart! )
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My Daes has a fruit bowl, so I'm cleaning that every single day. Her seed bowl gets a clean once every week?
Her water's replaced daily- I rinse that one out and give the inside a bit of a wipe every day but again each week i'll clean it fully.

and when i'm doing a big clean, I use warm water and a little bit of soap/washing up liquid (and I mean a LITTLE bit), and then make sure to rinse it a lot. And give it another wipe with just water.
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You can clean them in the dishwasher, wash them by hand using hot water and dish liquid, or clean them with white vinegar.

I would recommend cleaning the dishes once a day although I change my bird' water two or three times throughout the day.

I food and water dishes I use are ones from stainless steel and have several extra so I can easily rotate them in and out of the cages.
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I have been using dawn dish soap. I assumed it was okay since that is what they use on birds caught in oil spills. All my dishes are covered save one and that one I keep up high so unlikely to collect poop. Every day, Tico gets fresh food and water and about every 2-3 days they get scrubbed. For cage bars toys and stuff I do spot cleaning with either cage cleaner wipes or poop off every single day. Tico hasn't been with me long but every 2 weeks I plan to go over everything with diluted bleach for germ build up.
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Thanks guys for the replies. I read somewhere that when using dish liquid to get a unscented and mild one. One that is non toxic to birds. Which one would that be? If dawn is ok than which one to get?
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Thanks guys for the replies. I read somewhere that when using dish liquid to get a unscented and mild one. One that is non toxic to birds. Which one would that be? If dawn is ok than which one to get?
rinse thoroughly with warm (as hot as you can stand it) water.
I don't use Dawn, because, well, my housemates use the dish soap by the inch and not drops, Ajax for me, because it's good and not so expensive.

Not sure how dawn got used as oil remover, but that is a last ditch effort, not necessarily an endorsement for safety.
But if you use the same care as you do for your own dishes, you should be fine!
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I use a diluted version of F10 Sc Disinfectant cleaner for everything budgie related, including their food and water bowls. I rinse them with hot water first and then lots and lots of cold water.

I clean and change their vegetable dishes every day and their seed and water dishes probably twice a week unless they poop in them or some other dirt or vegetables fall into them. Then they get cleaned immediately.
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