Many standard household cleaners contain very harsh chemicals
and are potentially deadly to our birds. Birds are very sensitive to chemicals and fumes, therefore, it is very important to relocate your bird to another part of the house
when using chemical cleaners. There are many stories on the
internet of birds who have died or have become ill as the result of exposure to
the chemicals and fumes from carpet, furniture, bathroom, glass and oven
cleaners. Several products have been linked to bird deaths (Carpet Fresh, Fabreze, Scotchguard, Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh just to name a few).
If not toxic, most cleaners are at a minimum
respiratory irritants. Bleach, for example, gives off chlorine gas which
is very harsh on a bird's lungs and any product with an aerosol delivery system
should be avoided entirely.
Fortunately, there are healthier and safer
alternatives for both you and your bird that can be used that are also very
effective at cleaning. The following articles provide further
guidance on homemade and natural cleaners that can be used for all of our
standard household cleaning tasks:
For cage related cleaning tasks, ALWAYS choose
cleaning products such as those sold on the AvianEnrichment
site over standard cleaners.