How to Clean A Bird Cage for Medium to Large Parrots

How to Clean a Bird Cage 4 How to Clean A Bird Cage for Medium to Large Parrots

Cleaning a large bird cage can be daunting. Learn bird cage cleaning tips to ease the work.

Medium to large parrots are very messy pets, both inside of their bird cage and surrounding area.  For one thing, those beautiful feathers are down right messy.  Keeping up with feather dust, floating feather sheath, and dander is one thing. But, more than that, birds love to toss bird food and chew up bird toys then drop the shredded parts on the floor. Oh, did we mention bird droppings!  Unique to birds, they have one kind of excrement.   Moist and acidic.  This article is about how to keep your medium to large parrots birds living area clean and how to clean a bird cage.

Peachy, a Moluccan Cockatoo, is our largest parrot.  He shares the “bird room” with a couple of African Grey Parrots and an Orange Wing Amazon.  Peachy weighs 928 gm and looks like a giant cotton ball!  Cockatoo’s are beautiful birds but are very dusty birds.  Keeping up with the semi-oily feather dust is a skill all it’s own.  The feather dust gets all over the walls and even into the heating cooling system.  We sweep the bird room daily and with each sweep of the broom we see a white cloud of dust.  This large parrot also produces a considerable amount of feather dander that is easiest cleaned up with a vacuum.  Shredded toy parts are swept up when we sweep the feather dust.  Cleaning up bird poop is another matter!  Peachy misses the tray on his bird stand a lot.  I’m not sure if he does it on purpose.

Parrots are messy and here are the top four chaotic culprits!

  1. Food droppers – Wild birds have an important job of fertilizing the earth.  Parrots are partly responsible for the lush rain forest.  Their frequent poop and food droppings disperse seeds and fertilizer. So, see, that mess has a purpose.
  2. Flying feathers  - The average bird has about 5,000 feathers each with millions of fine, floating parts.  You can’t get away from feather dander.
  3. Flailing toy parts - Every time your bird preens and then shakes to get it’s feathers just so, dander, shreds of feather sheath and dust fly off like a powder puff.
  4. Fecal Whiz: The larger the body the more frequent the poop.  Your bird will poop about every 20 minutes all waking hours.

Manage the Mess Instead of Letting the Mess Manage You!

Large bird mess management products are hard but not impossible to find.

    • Daily showers are essential with larger birds, especially dusty birds like Cockatoo’s and African Grey Parrots. Get a shower perch.  It’s much easier to wash the dander and dust down the drain rather than wipe it off the walls!  Plus, daily bathing conditions your bird’s skin.
    • Super thick, large Bird Cage Liners save a lot of time because you can simply roll them up and toss all of that dust, dander, poop and shredded bird toys in the trash.  Thick waxed bird cage liners like 30 lb. Waxed Paper Sheets – 24″ x 36  resist bacterial growth since they don’t absorb moisture from droppings or splashed water.  If you lay a stack of 5- 7 tray liners inside the bird cage tray, you can quickly remove the top soiled one each day greatly reducing the mess on cage cleaning day.
    • Pacing Poop Clean Up with Poop Swoop Cage Wipes lets you wipe up messes each day to lighten the load on weekly cage cleaning chores.  Easy pull out wipes freshen up your bird cage area on a daily or weekly basis.
Bird Cage Cleaning Supplies
 Popular Brands Approximate Cost 
Short Bristle Scrub Brushes Crevice Brush and Large Brush $8 – $10
Metal Grate Scraper  $3 – $5
Enzyme Bird Poop Remover Poop Off Spray or Wipes, Poop Swoop Wipes, Aviclean  $9+
Disinfecting Cage Cleaner Pet Focus  $15+
Broom and Dust Pan  $15+
Hepa Filter Vacuum Dirt Devil  $50+
Steam Mop with microfiber pad Shark – Eureka – Bissell – Haan  $99 – $169


  • Short Bristled Scrub Brushes:  It’s helpful to have both a small crevice brush and a larger stiff, short nylon bristled brush to remove dried poop from cage grates, bars andand crevices.
  • Metal Blade Grate Scrapers remove dried on poop from bottom grate quickly and easily
  • Bird Safe cleaning solutions.
    • Enzyme Bird Poop Remover is perfect for daily and weekly cleaning.  It almost instantly dissolves and removes acidic bird poop.
    • Disinfecting Bird Cage Cleaning Formula is recommended for monthly or more cage cleaning, depending on the size of the bird and how much food and poop splatter is on the cage.
  • Small hepa filter vacuums quickly suck up feather dust and dander and dried food debris.  Very fine sheath and feather dust is trapped in the hepa filter
  • A steam mop for hard floor surfaces quickly and efficiently cleans up the mess on vinyl, laminate and tile flooring.  Use the metal bladed poop / grate scrapper to loosen as much poop off a tile floor as possible to speed cleaning.  Metal bristles make quick clean up of grout lines.

Bird Cage Cleaning Tasks

Daily Cleaning (10 minutes) Weekly Cleaning (20-30 minutes) Monthly Cleaning(30-60 minutes)
  • Change tray paper
  • Sweep or vacuum mess around bird cage
  • Clean water dish and fill with fresh water
  • Provide fresh food
  • Wipe droppings off with Poop Swoop Wipes
  • Scrub droppings off of bars and bottom grate with grate scraper
  • Remove droppings or food splatters with Aviclean Cage Cleaning Formula
  • Remove tray, scrape off droppings and clean debris
  • Add 7 – 10 new cage liners to tray and re-insert
  • Thoroughly wash cups
  • Inspect all toys for safety
  • Thoroughly vacuum and/or steam mop hard surfaced floors
  • In addition to the weekly cleaning regime do…
  • Remove plastic bottom of cage and disinfect with Pet Focus, rinse and dry
  • Soak, scrub and rinse perches with disinfectant
  • Scrub and Wipe the interior of the cage down thoroughly to insure your bird has clean surfaces to climb on and that food doors are clean.




About Diane Burroughs

Diane Burroughs, founded in 1998. A bird lover who is owned by African Grey's, a Moluccan, a Parrotlet and a Red-Bellied Parrot, Diane is dedicated to improving the lives of pet birds with vet-approved parrot tested supplies and expert bird care articles.
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