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Old 06-25-2015, 03:44 PM
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i am just here to double check that baking soda is safe to use for cleaning. i currently use vinegar, and have really fell in love with it to the point that i am using it on the trees, cages, cleaning the water dishes with it, spot cleaning the carpet, and even including it in the wash when i wash my clothes. i have tried cleaning with baking soda and vinegar, and i am both amused at the fizzing and amazed at the nice job it does. i like cleaning the cage trays with baking soda with a little vinegar sprayed on it, because it both disinfects and the baking soda is abrasive enough to help scrub the poop off. i also love that it is 50 cents a box!

so is baking soda safe to use around birds?

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It is perfectly safe.

For those in other countries like Australia it is called Bi-Carb Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate.

It is also much safer for using around the home particularly the kitchen or bathroom mixed with vinegar. Baking soda or Bi-Carb is also good for removing persperation stains, it will also frees up rusted tools at the hinge. I used it on a chain saw chain that was rusted when everything else failed. Made up a paste and spread it on the chain scrubbed it in with a small wire brush, let it sit overnight and then cleaned it off with kerosene and it freed up the chain beautifully. Baking soda and vinegar makes chrome sparkle.

It is environmentally safe and one of the cleansers recommended by those who don't wish to use nasty chemicals. Tests done recently in Australia on air quality in private homes has shown that the residual effects of commonly used cleansers, disinfectants and air fresheners are causing serious health problems like asthma and eczema. Just one good reason to go back to the old fashioned cleansers like Vinegar and Baking Soda mix.
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I use baking soda and white vinegar regularly.

I agree it is much safer and more enviornmentally friendly than the commonly used chemical cleansers, disinfectants and air-fresheners.
Here in the US you can buy large bags of baking soda at Costco and save even more $$.
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Here in the US you can buy large bags of baking soda at Costco and save even more $$.
Oh good, more for the fids then

This is good to know!
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Wow thats such a good idea! Here I was getting rough sponges and soaking the perches in hot water and vinegar trying to scrub the poop off. I might have to employ that idea and use baking soda this weekend when I scrub their cages again!
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I will just warn any vinegar and baking soda newbies that using it to clean can be addicting and you might find yourself hating all other cleaning products and/or refusing to use them! I cleaned a stain in my carpet with vinegar and baking soda and now that spot it super clean compared to the rest of the carpet... I am trying to see if we can have someone clean out carpets (which I don't know if they would use vinegar instead of soap in my room ).

Edit: I am also thinking of making my own solid air freshened with baking soda, an essential oil and water. a DIY version of "citrus magic" solid air fresheners
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I've just got to give this a go! I have been increasingly uncomfortable with my mix of Fairy liquid and Milton steriliser. On the shopping list this weekend, along with white vinegar.
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Another hint for vinegar, white vinegar also makes a great flea rinse for dogs. Just mix vinegar with water and rinse away. A lot safer than the chemical ones and the fleas don't become immune to it like they can with chemicals. Won't kill them completely but will bring them down to a manageable level. I am intolerant to many chemicals either cleaners or pesticides because of Auto Immune disease, and they can make me very sick, so I have had to find other ways to achieve things.
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Great idea! I'm going to start mixing white vinegar and baking soda together too.
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