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Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby Michael » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:27 pm

Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Review of some of the products I use for cleaning my parrots' cages and a chance to win a free bottle of cage cleaner! Check it out.

Leave your comments about how you clean your cage here or on facebook for a chance to get a free bottle of cage cleaner.
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Re: Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby Calthesa » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:36 pm

I'm currently using Poop-off (the spray bottle). It works okay, but I don't think it's the best. So I'll give this one a shot! Thanks for the heads up!
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Re: Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby akatora » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:53 pm

I currently use Poop-Off. I have never seen Kings Cages Royal Cage Cleaner in stores, which is weird because Kings Cages headquarters is 2 miles away from me in East Brunswick, NJ. :gcc: :lol:
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Re: Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby Uniqu3Ros3 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:06 pm

I have not tried this product yet, right now all i am doing is using water and once a week i take the big cage outside to hose and scrub it down completely. I ave been searching for a product to use that is easier but I just dont know how much of a difference it will make :?
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Re: Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby Seth » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:22 pm

This works well for cleaning. The steam cleaner is excellent for cleaning AND sanitizing. Please do not use poop-off or royal cage cleaner expecting it to sanitize - it is a product specifically designed as non-toxic to birds to use for cleaning - that is, dirt removal. A steam cleaner or other bird safe non-toxic sanitizer must still be utilized AFTER the dirt is removed to sanitize - that is, remove harmful bacteria, pathogens, etc.

To state this more clearly:

Clean = remove surface dirt and stains
Sanitize = kill and remove as much bacteria, pathogens, etc. as possible while not resorting to the extreme and impractical methods required for sterilization
Sterilize = wipe out everything on it making the thing absolutely free of anything and everything

The methods for each are different. Sanitize/Sterilize cannot be accomplished until the clean is accomplished. Why? Because even the smallest amount of dirt/poop/whatever is a place for harmful bacteria/stuff to hide in and not be killed by a sanitize/sterilize. Additionally, it is a place where that not quite dead yet harmful stuff can grow again and even build up resistances to your sanitize/sterilize method.

Steam cleaning, as Mike uses, is an excellent method for sanitizing. I use this method sometimes. It has the flaws that your birds have to be far away so you do not harm them and also you can harm yourself or other objects with the high heat required to produce the steam.

A method I personally like is using a product called Oxyfresh. It is the trade name for stabilized chlorine dioxide, and is, based on the scientific literature I have studied, the most effective (if used correctly) sanitizer commercially available to laymen after formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is toxic to everything under the sun, so do not EVER use it or expose yourself or your birds to it.

Stabilized chlorine dioxide is, as far as I can tell based on the literature I have studied, non-toxic to animals, including avians. It also has the benefit of being a macrobiotic, which means that it kills a LOT more things than most other products. It is also scentless, so people like me with sensitive lungs/sinuses can clean without worry of inhaling fumes that make them ill (I suffered a severe chest/lung injury some time ago and switching to this product drastically improved the quality of my life - I can clean without wearing a mask and my house is actually freer of harmful substances since it kills more stuff). As a result, I have swapped most cleaning around my house to this chemical. I personally have found it will remove finishing on wood surfaces, so be warned if using it on non-bird stuff. It is also a deodorizer if used correctly (actually removes - not masks - odors).

The product is primarily used for dental hygiene for people who are allergic to the regular sanitizer that dentists use. It is also regularly used by vets for dental cleaning and hygiene for cats and dogs. Hospitals use this chemical as one of their primary sanitizing and sterilizing products.

The Oxyfresh company has various household products they sell for various personal hygiene and household cleaning uses. I cannot speak to most of them, having not tried them. The product I primarily use is the largest bottles of their Cleansing Gele. I use the Cleansing Gele in its pure out of the bottle form for its advertised purposes for myself. What I do for my birds and for general household sanitizing is mix a small amount of the gel with water in a sterilized spray bottle. This solution is, in my opinion, an effective sanitizer that I can use even when my birds are around. You do want to wipe it off and sometimes rinse afterwards depending on what you are doing. I also will use it to soak plastic and metal parts from toys, perches, etc. in a water/gele mixture to remove dirt, deodorize, and sanitize. Deodorizing basically is applying the chemical and letting it sit for a while. In order to scrub bowls and perches, I spray it onto the brush, scrub the item in question, and then rinse clean with water.

I am in no way affiliated with the Oxyfresh company. Just sharing my knowledge and experience to help improve others' lives, and especially to assist with the quality of life and longevity of life of everyone's' avian (or other animal) companions. Very shortly after I began regularly using it for my birds I noticed a high increase in their general well being. Very shortly after I began using it for general household cleaning I noticed a significant increase in myself and the other members of my household's general well being.

One other thing. If you have aquaria, this is still going to kill your fishes because of the whole ppm water infusion the way fish absorb chemicals from the water through their gills thing. Therefore, as with any chemical you introduce into the atmosphere, you must still be very careful about spraying in the same room as an aquarium.

~Seth

P.S. Sorry this looks so weird except in the actual forum. I am not sure why it is not registering my carriage returns in the view comments on trainedparrot.com but looks fine in theparrotforum.com.
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Re: Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby LPolliard » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:49 pm

Not sure what the brands I am using. My daughter works at PetSmart and brought home a spray with enzymes that worked great dissolving bird droppings and all pet wastes. I felt it was a little pricey so I am trying a cheaper brand. This is not working as well. My search continues.
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Re: Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby tiellover » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:22 pm

I use Pet Focus. It cleans and disinfects. I've been using it for years and love it. I did a head-to-head trial with Poop-Off some years ago and found Pet Focus cleaned better and faster. It comes in a concentrate as well as in a spray bottle. I use the concentrate and dilute it into a spray bottle, so it lasts forever. I would try something new, but I would do a head-to-head trial with it to see if it cleaned as well as Pet Focus.

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Re: Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby mrgoogls » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:58 pm

I clean Cooper's cage with a vinegar water mix outside with the hose. I spray it down, let it sit, scrub with a brush, then rinse. I keep repeating until it is clean. I gets cold in the winter being in NY.
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Re: Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby marie83 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:27 pm

I can't comment on that specific product because I've never seen it before let alone actually used it but so far I haven't really found anything that works any better than diluted washing up liquid made up with hot water in a spray bottle (put the soap in last to prevent foaming and gently swirl to mix).
It takes two seconds to make, gets left on for roughly the same amount of time depending on how dirty the cages are- hopefully not very dirty if your spot cleaning as you should be, and it costs a lot less. Of course you do need to ensure there is no residue on the cage but unless you've made the mix very soapy then it really doesn't take much extra time at all. I'm not sure if the kings stuff can be left to dry but personally I wouldn't leave it on anyway-others may be happy to do so which would make things a little quicker.
Of course if you start disinfecting everything then that takes you to a whole new level in how long cage cleaning takes owing to the time it takes for disinfectants to actually do their job.

Whilst I'm not trying to discourage anyone from buying specialist cleaning products and I'm certainly not saying it doesn't do the best job, I would say that for me I would rather not spend on expensive cleaning products when cheap soap and water does the job really well. That way I can put the money saved to enable me to add to my "vet bill" bank account.
I do buy specialist disinfectant though rather than using bleach (which from what I've read about the cage cleaner you would have to do anyway). One tiny bottle lasts me forever keeping that cost really low but then I'm not religious about disinfecting so long as the cages are clean. I believe that for a healthy bird exposure to some bacteria is actually good for them as in it keeps the immune system working efficiently and that overuse of disinfectants will eventually lead to bacteria building up resistance in the same way antibiotics are becoming less efficient bit by bit.

I still enjoyed reading the review though despite me having no intention of trying it should it be available over here. I hope you will consider reviewing more products in the future if you have time, whether that be a new toy, cage, cleaning product etc.
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Re: Cage Cleaning - Royal Cage Cleaner Review

Postby madiyogi99 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:22 am

Normally I use vary diluted white vinegar to clean my birds cage.
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