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Best way to clean used perches/toys?

The used cage I got has a few toys and wood perches with it. What I'd the best way to clean them to assure nothing possible would harm my new bird? I've seen vinegar/water, bleach/water, peroxide/water.... A bit confusing. I do need at least 2 of the perches from it, one holds the top open. The toys, a couple are hardly used. I may even recycle bits for some new toys...

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Ive heard some people throw their plastic toys in the dishwasher... but i dont know. id be scared they would melt or something xD

i use vinegar and water.. its the least non toxic and all natural!
just make sure you rinse after!


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I totally agree. I also use hot water with a bit vinegar.
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I use F10 disinfectant for everything
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If you truly want to disinfect the toys and perches (kill any viruses that may be lurking on them, you must use a real disinfectant. A 10% bleach solution will do it. I use Pet Focus by Mango Pet Products because it doesn't ruin my clothes like bleach.

You can spray the disinfectant on your cage or toys and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Then rinse off thoroughly. I use Pet Focus on all my wild bird feeders and bluebird boxes also. Good stuff.


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Ive heard some people throw their plastic toys in the dishwasher... but i dont know. id be scared they would melt or something xD

i use vinegar and water.. its the least non toxic and all natural!
just make sure you rinse after!
I don't use the dry cycle on my dishwasher, uses too much power when you have an all electric house! I put food dishes and plastic perches in all the time.

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If you truly want to disinfect the toys and perches (kill any viruses that may be lurking on them, you must use a real disinfectant. A 10% bleach solution will do it. I use Pet Focus by Mango Pet Products because it doesn't ruin my clothes like bleach.

You can spray the disinfectant on your cage or toys and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Then rinse off thoroughly. I use Pet Focus on all my wild bird feeders and bluebird boxes also. Good stuff.
Will that be okay for wood stuff too?

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If the perches are wood you can also sand them down a bit makes it look clean and new and fresh. Dishwasher is safe my vet recommends it. I would not dry it in there remove after the wash cycle
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My concern with the bleach solution for the wood is the bleach solution soaking into it. I use the dishwasher for plastic. I don't use the dry cycles anyway, uses too much electricity, especially when I only have electric utilities... I just pop it open when done, dump out anything that has any water and let sit/dry by hand.

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I started using comfy perches any suggestions on how to clean them? I tried soaking in plain hot water but the perches became limp. I had to buy new ones. As far as dishes I do put them in the dish washer top rack, self dry.

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Bleach and water 10% is the most reliable disinfectant. Just rinse well--I use soapy water--and let them dry completely. The chlorine breaks down and if rinsed will not leave residue--which is why you can leave water out for 24hrs and it would be safe to put in the fish tank (the chlorine evaporates)

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Sorry Eric, just noticed your question tonight. Yes, the Pet Focus disinfectant works well on wood. For example, I spray my wooden bluebird nest boxes with it (after cleaning them out when the little ones have fledged). Then I rinse off with a hose, dry the boxes and put them back up on the poles. This disinfectant comes as a concentrate and you dilute it, so it is very cost effective.


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Cool, I pick up some of the pet focus. Thanks!

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Question parrot health maintenance & safety

I have different items from my charlie that got away, was thinking of throwing away all perches & toys to get new ones. Should I do that? I think the rope definitely, the food bowls are plastic, so switching to stainless for conure. Any suggestions? I really want to b safe for my new baby, not take any chances
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