Hi, Mitch and Catherine.
I love your blog.
Chock full of great info.
I read it every week.
I am getting a young cockatiel in about 5 weeks.
My question is about cleaners to use in my house around birds.
I use vinegar and water and baking soda for tabletop surfaces and hot soapy water with vinegar when I have done full cage cleanup every couple of weeks ..BUT.. I also have a cleaning service that comes in once every 2 weeks and I want to know about what are safe products to wash wood floors & wood furniture around birds?
A lot of commercial products are loaded with chemicals and strong odors.
I’ve seen a lot of people saying grapefruit seed extract but it’s $17 for 4 ounces..and doesn’t seem like it would go far.
Am I overworking about this?
Thank you for your kind words, Mitch works very hard on the posts.
It would be easiest to just transfer the bird into a small carrier and take it out of the apartment for the day.
Or, have a small cage or carrier that you put the bird into and place it in a room that is not being cleaned for the day.
But otherwise, yes, check into the cleaning service about their use of cleaning products, ask if they are already cleaning other homes with birds.
There are safe products to use around birds.
You could even purchase them and provide them for your cleaning company to use.
We have done research and found some brands we think are most likely bird-safe floor cleaners available today.
Overall, unless your bird is ill, or you are cleaning up a used birdcage and the previous resident may have been ill, you don’t need heavy-duty cleaning products.
A simple fully safe enzyme product called Poop-Off will work most of the time to loosen dirt, poop and dried-on food and you can be completely comfortable with its use.
For virus/disinfection then Mango Pet Focus is a great product.
It also comes in a concentrate which will make 32 gallons of cleaner.
Vinegar and water is okay, but really has no cleaning properties and please don’t overheat it (boil) as it can be toxic at that point to breath.