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Most parrot owners are well aware of the common hazards that endanger our parrots, such as overheated Teflon, forbidden foods, poisonous plants, toxic metals and others. There are many lists of poisonous plants and many articles about the various hazards to be avoided.
One other means of frequent exposure to toxins that have not been covered extensively is cleaning.
Here are some suggestions for safe alternatives to chemical solutions that normally are used to clean the home.
NATURAL CLEANING SOLUTIONS
Add 20 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract to a 32 oz. spray bottle filled with water. Use on all surfaces around the house and to clean sprouts, fruit and vegetables before being feeding to a parrot.
Baking soda with water is a good all-purpose cleaner (1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart water)
Sprinkle baking soda on surfaces to be cleaned or make a paste with baking soda and liquid soap. Scrub with a damp nylon scrubbing pad, soft cloth, sponge or very fine steel wool. White distilled vinegar diluted in water removes baking soda residue. Dry with a soft cotton cloth. Recycled cotton serves as a good cleaning and drying cloth.
CITRA-SOL natural cleaner and degreaser is a concentrated solvent made of citrus oils, surfactants, and limonene (from citrus peel oil) that safely cleans chewing gum, ink, oil, grease, tar, gummed labels and even sticky fly paper "goo". It is the oly safe solvent for use on bird feathers, but it should be removed after it does its work. Using a thumb and first finger, rub a few drops of the Citra-solv thoroughly into the sticky goo or grease on the feathers. Remove it with a washcloth. Then rub Dawn liquid detergent into the feathers. It is crucial NOT to add water until straight detergent has been worked into the feathers. ONLY after you have throughly worked the detergent into the feathers should you add warm water. This applies to cleaning grease from feathers. If you cannot locate a source of Citra-solve, call the distributor at (800) 343-6588 from 9-5 EST.
Products like "Carpet Fresh" have been linked to bird deaths. Ther is no safe way to use it as every time you vacume the carpet, leftover particles will become airborne.
For odors, sprinkle carpet with plain baking soda, Let stand 15 min. and then vacume.
Carpet shampoos may contain toxic ingredients such as ammonia and perchlorethylene, a known carcinogen. Plant based cleaning products such as citrus cleaners are preferable. Use a steam cleaning machine with 10 - 15 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract per gallon of water. Many hospitals now use GSE for carpet cleaning.
Non-Toxic Window Cleaners
Recipe for window & glass cleaner : 1 gallon water, 1 cup white vinegar. Apply with cloth or spray bottle and clean with a linen cloth.
For extra sparkle, polish clean windows with a crumpled piece of newspaper when nearly dry.
Natural Air Freashners
The use of commercial air fresheners and candles is dangerous to parrots.
The oly way to really freshen the air is to open windows and ciculate fresh air with a fan or air conditioner.
Set out a dish of cut lemons or baking soda to absorb orders.
Simmer on the stovetop or in a slow cooker for holiday season - water, slices of ginger, spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, vanilla and almond extracts and lemon and other fruit slices to make your house smell fresh.<br><br>Post edited by: Dave007, at: 2008/10/29 22:05