This safe, effective natural cleaning solution is the perfect way to clean, disinfect and deodorize your fur baby’s cage or crate!

Giving love to your pet is the easy part. Cleaning up their stinky messes, especially in their cage or crate—that’s a different story! Here is an easy recipe for a safe and effective cage cleaning solution that will simplify the process.

Why homemade?

Many pets are extremely sensitive to harsh chemicals and odors. To ensure your pet stays happy and healthy, it’s important to find a cleaning solution that is effective AND safe to use.

This non-toxic solution contains natural enzymes that act as a disinfectant to kill bacteria and help break down organic material, without the harsh chemicals and odors. An added bonus to this DIY cleaner is that it can be made at a fraction of the cost of what you would pay for natural cage cleaners at the store.

  • Easy to make
  • Economical
  • Effective
  • Eco-friendly

We’ve used it on dog crates and bird cages—it works wonders!

We are HUGE animal lovers. Our family includes a feathery friend named LeFete and a French bulldog named Orvis.

You may not have known, but birds are extremely sensitive to harsh chemicals and odors. Sweet little LeFete is so sensitive to odors we can’t even burn scented candles in the same room! To ensure his safety while cleaning and sanitizing his cage each week, it was imperative to use a safe, effective cleaning solution.

For over three decades (LeFete is actually in his late 30’s) this recipe has been our go-to cleaning solution for his cage—and now we use it on Orv’s crate too! With just two simple ingredients and a spray bottle, we’re able to keep their cages nice and clean—as well as eliminate stress—save money, time and elbow grease.

What you will need:

  • 1 clean, dark-colored spray bottle (for storage)
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide

What to store your cleaner in

You’ll want to store your cleaner in a dark-colored spray bottle. We’ve had a lot of success with dark-colored glass bottles. We’ve used both chalkboard labels and a label maker to quickly and easily identify our cleaners. Why dark bottles? Hydrogen peroxide  decomposes to water if it’s exposed to light.

Harsh commercial cage cleaners

Just like many household cleaners that fill the supermarket shelves, most commercial cage cleaners contain harsh chemicals and agents that aren’t exactly 100% safe to use around your pet. Think bleach and ammonia followed up by a long list of unpronounceable ingredients.

If inhaled or ingested, these toxic chemicals can cause your furry (or feathery) friend to have eye and respiratory problems, as well as gastrointestinal issues. Even after a good rinse, it’s a little scary to think about putting your pet into a crate that just had potentially harmful ingredients all over it.

That’s why we love this DIY crate and cage cleaner and use it often. It provides a safe alternative to harsh commercial cleaning agents.

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DIY Pet Crate and Cage Cleaner (Natural + Non-Toxic)
This safe, effective natural cleaning solution is the perfect way to clean, disinfect and deodorize your fur baby's crate or cage!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
cups
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
cups
Instructions
Mixing the solution:
  1. Pour hydrogen peroxide and vinegar using a 1:1 ratio into a dark-colored glass spray bottle.
  2. Tightly seal and gently shake to combine.
  3. Shake well before each use.
Using the cleaner:
  1. Make sure any bedding, toys and blankets are removed from the cage or crate. If there is a plastic tray, remove and clean separately. If weather permits, it might be easier, and less messy, to take the crate outdoors to spray.
  2. Spritz surfaces of the crate or cage with the cleaner. Use a scrub brush or an old towel to wipe down the surfaces. Once the surfaces are clean, allow them to dry thoroughly before replacing bedding, toys and blankets.
Recipe Notes

This cleaner is safe to use on your pet's crate or cage without rinsing. However, you can certainly rinse the cleaned surfaces with water and dry them before replacing bedding, toys and blankets.

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