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Always line the cage tray with newspaper, folded to fit. All you have to do then is pull the tray part way out and remove the soiled paper. Replace with clean paper. The job is half done. This can be done as many times a day as needed.
Once a week (at least) put your birds in a smaller cage or on their play stand and place the larger one in your bathtub. Turn on the shower and go to town. I have a scrub brush used only for the birds' cages. I also use Clorox Clean-Up to cleanse and get rid of bacteria.
By Hester from Chesterfield, MI
I find after cleaning my rescue cockatoo's play gym (he doesn't live in a cage), that a rub over the metal with some cooking oil after cleaning makes the poop easier to wipe of from time to time during the day. I also use newspaper, though Big Bird thinks it is his for playing, so I often end up with seed etc. scattered all over the floor while he 'reads' the paper!
Use a child's swimming pool to soak grates for bird cages. Place the grates into a child's swimming pool to let them soak for 5 or 10 minutes. It makes them so much easier to get the mess off when you are cleaning bird cages. No scrubbing required!
By one.of.a.kind from AL
This is, of course, a swimming pool that you do not use for any other purpose.
For those who have birds, a nontoxic way to clean is hydrogen peroxide at full strength. It works great!
Apple cider vinegar is a natural disenfectant.