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Housing for Budgies Discuss Cages, Cage Set-Ups and Aviaries
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Hey everybirdie! I was checking and inspecting the flock's toys and perches looking for things that needed replacing, and one of the rope perches, the big kind of expensive one, has a mass amount of some sort of poop/food dust mix caked onto it. In the past we've always just thrown away and replaced, but usually by the time they get to that point, they're also very frizzy and need to be replaced anyway. I was just wondering if there is a good way to clean and disinfect them. I have read on a few different forums that people are washing them in their washing machines and dishwashers, but that has me a bit wary. My thought on that is that when the metal wire inside gets wet, and stays wet, over time it's going to rust, and I'm afraid that it will come through. I've seen the wire inside them and it's not stainless steel by any means, just a raw wire.

Is there anything that can be done to clean and salvage my rope perches?

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Hi.... I'm one who sometimes sticks them in a pillow case and throws them in the washer. I've also used a stiff brush and cleaned them with white vinegar (not getting them very wet). What I think I'm going to try is... wrapping them with 'vet wrap' when they are new, so I just have to remove/replace the vet wrap when it gets icky. Thoughts on that?
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Holy cow, Judy! I never even thought about the vet wrap, but that's a great idea! Then you could just re-wrap the perch and be done. Voila! No more discarded perches! Although, that won't help with the poopy problem at hand, but I will most certainly be using that in the future!

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I brush all the dried poop off as best I can and then use a cloth dampened in white vinegar to clean off the remainder.

The rope doesn't get too wet that way. I then hang it up to air dry before putting it back in the cage.
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I do the same as FaeryBee but instead of vinegar I use a bucket of hot water with about ten drops of eucalyptus oil. I use it to clean my whole house actually. Since budgies live in eucalyptus trees I figure he appreciates the yummy smell.
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Thanks everyone! I'll definitely have to get to that, probably today, along with all the toys and everything that needs wiped down from their lovely feather dust, That's a good idea about the eucalyptus oil, too. It may even help with Pepper's breathing!
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