Originally Posted by Cheleya
Which cleaners can be used around birds? Petal is in our kitchen/living room area (we wheel him around)and so far we've been using vinegar and water and elbow grease. I'm a clean freak and like to disinfect things particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms.
We have been using Windex in bathrooms upstairs and closing the doors after cleaning. What about windows?
What's safe? I will buy it if it's available or make a solution...whatever it takes. I don't want to worry.
The cleaning products I use around my birds are very few, but they get every job done:
◦Mild dishwashing liquid: Sometimes I feel things needs a good, old fashioned scrub down with soap and water. I wash cages, toys and perches safely with a small amount of Dawn.
◦White distilled vinegar and water: I use a cup or two per gallon of water. This cleans everything from cages to mirrors. I use this solution and soapy water, as above, as my main general house cleaners.
◦Steam: If you have a bird that manages to get food into toy and cage crevices, this is a great method of cleaning. The hot steam gets into places that canít always be reached with cleaning tools. Itís perfect for cleaning playgyms and porous perches. It kills mold and fungus too. There are hand held models available at some online bird stores. Never use anything but water in your steamer.
◦Laundry detergent: I know a lot of you have birds that play with towels, under sheets or are always in contact with your clothes. Some even help do the laundry. I use Tide, but in lesser amounts that is suggested because I want to be sure that any residue is removed in the rinse cycle. I clean my birdís cage covers with this, and if you read my last post, you know that the cage cover spends a lot of time in Linusí mouth. Donít use fabric softener sheets, like Bounce, with fabrics your bird will come in contact with.
◦GSE (grapefruit seed extract) Ė This is a very effective antibacterial cleaner and great to have around for cleaning things like cutting boards, kitchen counters, and other places where food has been or will be.
◦Baking soda Ė On its own, it is great for absorbing oils and greasy messes. It also lifts stains when mixed with a bit of water to make a paste. It cleans effectively when diluted in hot water (about 1/4 cup per gallon of water), but leaves a residue behind that has to be cleaned or rinsed.
Thatís my list. These are the ONLY products I use that my birds might have ANY contact with wherever they might be.
I want to add that, in addition to aerosols and chemical cleaners DO NOT use freshening products like Fabreze or Carpet Fresh. They are directly responsible for the deaths of a number of birds. If something stinks, it needs to be cleaned, not covered with a prettier smell. Further, beware of solutions used in carpet cleaners and keep your birds well away from freshly shampooed carpet. No Scotch Guard type products on your furniture upholstery, either. Sorry. I know birds enjoy pooping on couches.
I want to impress upon you that many off-the-shelf products that claim to be ďpet friendlyĒ are not necessarily created with birds in mind. There are many bird specific cleaning products on the market. I have tried many of them, and find none to be more effective than ones you can make cheaply yourself from products you have in your kitchen. I advise you to stick with the tried and true methods of keeping your birdís environments clean and safe.