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Post by theo1231231 on Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:25 am

I read a book that said hot water and vinegar is good to use to clean the cage, as its non-toxic and inexpensive.
Just want to run it past here, because the info on this site doesn't say that from what I can see.
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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by Peachy on Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:31 am

This page discusses cleaning. I organized it a bit a few days ago. lol
http://petmousefanciers.forumotion.com/t36-cleaning-odor-and-bedding

For deeper cleaning, unscented antibacterial soap or unscented dish soap work well. For the most part it's not necessary to use harsh chemicals, however diluted bleach (a cap full to a gallon) as well as vinegar (same delusion) work very well if needed. Whatever you use, make sure you can't smell the cleaning agent you used when the tank/accessory is dry.
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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by CallaLily on Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:01 pm

I use diluted white vinegar to clean all of my tanks. Diluted 50/50, rinse, and dry well.

abeona wrote: I organized it a bit a few days ago. lol
http://petmousefanciers.forumotion.com/t36-cleaning-odor-and-bedding

Great job!

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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by theo1231231 on Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:09 pm

[quote="CallaLily"]I use diluted white vinegar to clean all of my tanks. Diluted 50/50, rinse, and dry well.

so is that boiling water or does that not matter?
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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by CallaLily on Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:12 pm

No, I just mix together equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.

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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by theo1231231 on Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:18 pm

Okay thats really great thanks, good to know I dont need to buy any cleaning product from the pet store or anything, cheers for the info Razz
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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by CinnamonPearl on Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:49 am

The easiest thing is to use a bar of antibacterial soap. I bought one for tank cleaning when I first got mice and have never needed to replace it in over a year and a half. It's not even work down! By far the cheapest method.

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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by theo1231231 on Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:22 am

Okay well I also got this cleaning spray from the pet shop, just for thorough cleaning maybe the first time I clean the cage (as it came used). But yeh I think generally Il just stick woth vinegar for the cage and buy some natural soap for washing my hands, Cheers
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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by CinnamonPearl on Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:29 am

Cleaning spray doesn't sound safe to me if it came from a pet store. Thats a red flag item.

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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by theo1231231 on Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:46 am

Its caled clean n safe, and it says its safe for small animals and has a picture of a mouse on the front
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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by theo1231231 on Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:56 am

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ask/questions/TxGV03EN2L03QT/? Is this stuff no good? I was thinking of maybe using this monthly for a deep clean, and vingagar weekly?
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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by CinnamonPearl on Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:00 am

Well I checked the reviews and it seems fine. There are several types of products from pet stores that I would never buy because they could be unsafe, like cleaners and medicines, but none of the reviews reported any problems with toxicity. The only thing that alarmed me was that it apparently has an odor, so that is concerning. But you would have to get it and try it out. I personally don't see any sort of necessity- I've only ever cleaned my mouse tanks with antibacterial soap and hot water and it works just as well- but we're all mouse owners with different opinions. So it's up to you.

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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by theo1231231 on Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:28 am

Okay cheers for that Razz

Well it also says its good for cleaning the carpet and stuff, so I guess Il just use it in moderation, and go over it with warm water and dry it.

I just want to make sure its super clean and safe for them
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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by CinnamonPearl on Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:31 am

I don't know, but saying that a pet cleaner used for small animals also works for carpet alarms me. I just don't trust this stuff. It's up to you, but if I were you, I wouldn't go beyond what I know is 100% safe. It's never a good idea to be the guinea pig of these products.

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Re: Cleaning Cage with Vinegar

Post by CallaLily on Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:34 am

@CinnamonPearl wrote:The easiest thing is to use a bar of antibacterial soap. I bought one for tank cleaning when I first got mice and have never needed to replace it in over a year and a half. It's not even work down! By far the cheapest method.

About how much is your soap? Just wanting to compare. A gallon of white vinegar is about $2-3. Though I'm not sure how long it lasts me because I do use it for more than just my mouse tank.

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