Grumpy’s Tips To Remove Pet Bird Cage Odors
I hate bird odors and I hate bird feces. But I like the songs they make so it’s something to learn to live with. Since I can’t get a bird to free range and return, I will share some tips with you to reduce cage odors.
Old Grumpy’s Quick Solution
- Maintain a daily spot cleaning schedule
- Replace cage liner every evening
- Make a cleaning solution with baking soda or vinegar
- Freshen the air with activated bamboo charcoal
Odor Prevention Tips
Most of the bird odors are produced by their poop. The best way to prevent odors is to make sure the bottom of the cage is kept clean. Daily maintenance will reduce odors and make full cleaning quicker for you.
Use a broom or vacuum to maintain a clean cage surrounding. Anything that falls out of the cage should be picked up immediately. This includes food, feathers, poop, or anything else. If you notice any spills or moisture wipe it clean to prevent mold. Place a mat under the cage to help make cleaning easier for you.
You should be using a cage liner that can be easily replaced every evening. Newspaper or a Cage Liner makes it easy to check for droppings and replace within moments. To reduce the need to clean the bottom of the cage try placing multiple layers of liner for better absorption.
Sometimes food misses the bottom of the cage and gets lodged by the wire bars. Make sure to check the frame and the small holes for debris.
Throw out any food that gets wet. It will likely stay there and become moldy or grow bacteria. Wash food and water dishes with soap and water before refilling. Make sure they are completely dry before placing back in the cage.
Grumpy Says: “Reduce the need to clean by placing multiple layers of cage liner.”
If you are sticking to a daily spot check cleaning schedule then you will avoid having to do a full clean too frequently. If you have a large bird you should scheduling a full clean about once every week. If you have small birds you can hold off about three weeks.
The use of Baking Soda is proven time after time to be effective at cleaning and reducing odors. Mix baking soda with lemon juice to create an odor absorbing disinfectant solution. Take 4 tablespoons of baking soda and lemon juice and add 1 quart of water. Make sure to discard any leftover solution.
An alternative to using baking soda is to use Hydrogen Peroxide. Soak for 10 minutes and scrub with a brush.
You can use Cage Cleaning Wipes which are similar to the cleaning wipes used in our cars or our counters. These wipes use natural plant oil enzymes to break down organic waste. They have a scrubbing quilted texture that helps remove caked on debris.
Normal White Vinegar is a natural solution to eliminate bad odors and to kill bacteria. Add one part vinegar with two parts water. Use this solution to wipe the cage and accessories. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, it will dissipate along with the bad odor.
My number one recommendation for absorbing impurity odors from the air is to use activated bamboo charcoal. I usually suggest a brand that comes in little bags that you can place just about anywhere in your home. Although you could use them, I would suggest Activated Charcoal Enclosures in case your bird feels the need to rip bags open.