i take mine to the do-it-yourself car wash. five mintues 3 dollars and cleaned better then when it was new. i love the high pressure water. it would take me hours to do a good deep clean and even then it wasn't as clean as i would have liked it (some parts would still hold a odour) though i cleaned it with vinegar and water and scrubbed each wire with a toothbrush and anti-bacterial soap as well. but some places you just can't get well enough. this is why i love the car wash. the high pressure water blast any residue right the heck off. and after only five mintues there's not one spot that has any odour left (that's including the porous rock perch and ropes). i love the car wash.
I don't know why, but I've never found my wire on the cages to ever be that dirty. I just wipe it down with a baby wipe about twice a week and it's fine. I'm sure eventually I will have to take it to the car wash but for now I think it's fine. I think it's cause my boys don't climb the wire much.
I mix Hydrogen Peroxide, A tsp of Dish Detergent, and a couple Tsps of Baking soda into a spray bottle, empty out the cage, and spray it down real good. Then I let it sit for twenty minutes and I spray it down again, wait another twenty and wash it with warm water and soap and it eliminates the smells pretty good. I think the accessories are what retain the smell more than anything, even after repeated washing I find that after a certain amount of time I just have to replace them to get rid of the smell.
My cage is 40X20X30, I guess its a Rabbit hutch with 1/2 inch spacingvery unusual. Its heavy and awkward, won't fit in my bathtub. I have been semi-cleaning 3 times a week( sponging down the floors etc) and changing linen everyday as well as wiping down the balconies.
I feel this all is Okay and once a month is allright for a big clean, I'm going to start washing the cage with scrubbing bubbles rinse good then disinfect with OdoBan for Pets. Its a very strong disinfectant that is supposed to leave zero residue or smell. After that I will leave in the sun on the roof for the day, that should do it.
What kind of brush is best for this?
when i had to scrub the cage i found the most effective was a toothbrush. it let me get all the bar but it did take a while. i'm sure you could find somehting simlair but larger. maybe like a foot scrubby brush.
i usually soak my cage in the tub, with a bit of bleach to kill all the germs and smell. My cages tends to get a yellow crud on the ramps....icky dried up pee pee bits...
i forgot to add that i completely dry my cage by hand and let it air out all day. as for the ratties...i let them roam around my living room table....munching on freeze dried strawberries and fresh bananas all day....they don't like that i mess up there perfectly peed on house.....so the extra sugar for the day helps ease the pain...