I’m a self-acknowledged clean freak who just loves to live in a perfect apartment. Being the owner of two house rabbits, however, sometimes makes that difficult, particularly if they’re in the middle of one of their poop and pee fests.
That being said, I thoroughly clean my bunnies’ cage once or twice a week so I know not only is my own living space spic and span, but my rabbits’ house is clean and non-smelly as well.
I also use rabbit-safe cleaning products for any cleaning I do around my rabbits’ cage, as the typical cleaning products you buy at the supermarket contain chemicals that are bad for a bunny’s health. In some cases, they can even kill him.
If you’d like to use bunny-safe cleaning products rather than your usual brand but you’re not sure how, here are the products I use. Considering my rabbits are almost seven years old and incredibly healthy, I’m obviously doing something right.
Remove everything from the cage and pen – I have a large combined cage and pen that I made myself out of wire storage shelving, and it is wonderful when it comes to cleaning. That’s because the whole area, cage and pen, is easy to take apart if I want to wash everything in the bath, or just as easy to wipe down with a damp cloth.
When I’m first getting started, however, the first thing I do is remove everything from the cage and pen, including the bunnies, so I have an empty area to begin with.
Combine equal parts water and white vinegar – I only use two cleaning products when I clean my rabbits’ cage and both are completely bunny-safe.
The first one I use to clean the entire cage and pen is nothing more than a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. This solution acts just like bleach does, as it cleans and disinfects the cage, but it’s also a perfectly safe cleaning solution to use everywhere, including where your rabbit sleeps at night.
Just dip a clean cloth or paper towels into the water and vinegar mix and get cleaning. I use it all over the cage, the pen, the bars, the litter box and the floor. Then I use it to wipe down all the plastic boxes my rabbits have, as well as the plastic kiddies chairs they sit on.
Yes, you will notice a strong smell of vinegar but it disappears in less than 10 minutes, leaving nothing but a sparkling clean cage that’s just about germ-free. Just be sure to get in all the corners as well.
Cleaning rabbit pee stains – As I currently live in Bangkok, Thailand, the world’s hottest city, I chose to set up my rabbits’ cage and pen directly on the ceramic tile flooring in my apartment. That means, if it gets hot and I’m not at home to turn on the air conditioning, my rabbits can stay cool by lying on the tiles.
Unfortunately, what that also means is, if they pee, the urine tends to stain the ceramic tiles and it can be a pain to get off. Luckily, the same white vinegar also removes stains, but this time I use it at full strength.
If you have the same problem, just pour it on the stain and leave to soak in for about 15 minutes. When you come back to wipe it off with a cloth, you’ll notice most of the yellow urine stain comes off with it. Repeat if it’s not completely clean but two attempts is usually all it takes for me.
How to remove stubborn stains – Occasionally, however, I do still get urine stains that I haven’t noticed in time to clean them correctly and they are very stubborn stains indeed. That’s when I pull out my second bunny-safe cleaning product — a box of baking soda — and go to work scrubbing the floor just like I would with an abrasive cleaner like Comet.
Simply pour the baking soda on the floor, add a splash of water and get going with the elbow grease. Ninety five percent of the time, the baking soda will remove the urine stain within a couple of minutes, leaving a lovely clean stain-free floor and rabbits who aren’t inhaling any nasty chemicals.
The next time you clean your rabbit cage, why not try these two bunny-safe cleaning products? Not only will your cage be just as shiny as it always was, but Flopsy and Mopsy won’t be inhaling dangerous fumes either from all those chemicals you once used.