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Bird-Safe Cleaning Solutions

Create your own bird-friendly cleansers

By Diane Grindol

Bird-Safe Cleaning Solution RecipesSpray cleaner: Mix 1 teaspoon borax, 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 cups hot water. Mix and fill a spray bottle for an easy multiple-purpose cleanser.

Scouring powder: Place baking soda in a bowl. Dampen a sponge and use it to scoop up some baking powder. Baking soda works great scrubbing down perches and cage bars.

Disinfectant scouring powder: Mix 1 cup baking soda with ¼ cup of borax. Apply the solution with a sponge or brush and then rinse well.

Disinfectant: Mix ½ cup borax, ¼ cup white vinegar and 2 gallons hot water. Wash with a mop or sponge. Rinse thoroughly

Vinegar mold killer: Use white vinegar to scrub areas with mold. Rinse well.

POSTED: March 7, 2007, 5 a.m. EST


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Here is a solution for cleaning the oven.

Mix the following in a spray bottle:

2 oz. Dawn dishwashing liquid
4 oz. lemon juice
8 oz. white vinegar
10 oz. water

Spray the racks and inside the oven. Wipe after leaving on the surface for a few hours or overnight. The baked on grease and food just flake off.

*Test before using on delicate surfaces. This is powerful stuff.
Anita, Naperville, IL
Posted: 12/9/2014 5:24:29 PM
Nothing kills germs, dried food and dried poop better than using my compact fabric steamer. Only pure water, no chemicals, no scrubbing. Only a quick wipe with a clean wash cloth. Uses very little water too. Absolutely no waste. The steam works instantly so that I don't have to waste time.
Cecilia, Lake Forest, CA
Posted: 11/26/2014 6:35:46 AM
Great article.
JoJo, Cedar Falls, IA
Posted: 12/8/2008 4:35:25 PM
I love household remedies! Cheaper and less dangerous!
Sunny, Fort Collins, CO
Posted: 1/10/2008 10:14:32 AM
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