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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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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
Excellent, thank you!

I also wish you'd post a solution for cleaning the oven. I have a self cleaning, but I know I can't use that with my cockatiel. So I'd love to know what I can mix up that will take the baked on mess off.

Carole, Bellingham, WA
Posted: 5/13/2007 6:16:19 PM
I read in a previous article you can spray the cage with Pam (without bird around of course), allow to dry and easy wipe off! I gave it a try and wow! I use to dread cleaning my lorikeet's cage as it took over 45 minutes to scrub it, now in 5 minutes it just wipes clean!
Cathryne, Lockport, NY
Posted: 4/23/2007 5:59:42 PM
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