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3 Best Homemade Ferret Cage Cleaner (Safe & No Risk)

No one likes to live in a dirty house, and your ferret isn’t different. As a ferret owner, you must keep your pet’s cage neat & clean to ensure its health and comfort. Sometimes, ferrets can be extremely messy, and their cage can emit foul odors. Also, sometimes, leftover food & dropping get tough to tackle and become very stubborn to clean with just a damp rag.

If you are worried about using commercial ferret cage cleaners, this article is for you. In this article, I will help you learn homemade ferret cage cleaner that ensures your ferret’s well-being and safety and prevents the risk of exposure to any chemical.

Therefore, if you want to learn how to clean your ferret cage using homemade solutions, stay on. Here, you will be learning three beast homemade ferret cage cleaners that are very effective in odor removal and keeping your pet’s habitat neat & clean. So, without wasting time, let’s learn the best homemade ferret cage cleaners.


3 Best Homemade Ferret Cage Cleaner


Vinegar Spray


According to Sherie Stone, a well-known & former member of ProBoards (The Holistic Ferret Forum), you can use water & vinegar solution to clean your ferret cage. If you’re wondering, ‘Is vinegar harmful to ferrets? Then not.’ However, using it in small amounts and diluted solutions would be best.

Earth Clinic suggests adding apple cider vinegar to your ferret’s food or water to improve nutrient intake and keep its fur soft & velvety. However, when cleaning a cage, you can consider making a solution of vinegar & water for odor removal. Mix one cup of vinegar with water and spray it into your ferret cage for thorough cleaning. Also, this solution lets you wash their cage cloth items like carpets, etc.

This solution effectively cleans the carpet & hammock of your ferret cage. As per Joyfulselah, add one cup of vinegar to the washing machine with nothing else. Also, the vinegar & water solution could be sprayed into the air for odor control. But make sure not to spray it directly on your pet.

For me, Wiping down the cage with vinegar solution seems to be a great idea. However, some ferrets can have an over-sensitive or weakened immune system, making them susceptible to the solution. When applying this solution to a ferret cage, keeping your pet outside and in a designated area is important. You can use white distilled vinegar or Apple Cider vinegar, which is known to be nontoxic & edible. Cleaning a ferret cage with vinegar is my favorite solution to keep the odor down for any pet.


Bleach Solutions


You can also wipe down your ferret cage and remove stubborn stains and odor using bleach. However, it would be best to be extra careful with bleach because it can harm your ferret. According to the Manitoba Ferret Association, ferrets enjoy the smell of bleach & other household cleaners. So, be careful while you are cleaning their cage.

Keep ferrets outside of their cage while you are applying bleach. You must also use only one bleach and thirty-two parts water to make the solution. According to the Kingdom Veterinary Clinic, household items like bleach can be toxic to ferrets if ingested.

After cleaning your ferret cage, remove this solution and keep the bleach sealed & out of reach from your pet. I have noticed many people wiping ferret plastic toys with a bleach solution, but this doesn’t seem right. Well, if you also wish to clean your pet’s items with a bleach solution, make sure to rinse it well.

As per Animal Hospital Of Verona, you should clean your ferret’s cage with the dilute bleach solution and complete rinsing weekly. This includes cage furniture like PVC tubes, toys, litter pens, food bowls, and water bottles. Also, it would be best to be cautious while handling the beach because it can be sensitive to humans and cause respiratory issues to both you & your pet.


Baking Soda Paste


This is the solution if you are looking for a homemade ferret cage cleaner without vinegar. If you are dealing with a stubborn stain in your ferret cage, consider making a paste from baking soda. Plus, baking soda helps get rid of stains and Pet odor.

Mix half a baking soda with a few tablespoons of water to create an effective baking soda paste. Also, adjust the ratio of both until you get a spreadable paste to apply and scrub on your ferret cage. This paste can also clean your ferret toys, food dishes & other accessories.

Interestingly, you can also sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of your ferret litter box & bedding to keep the odor down. This will also reduce the need to scoop litter boxes multiple times daily. Your ferret may lick a little baking soda out of curiosity, and it isn’t harmful in moderate doses. However, note that if your ferret ingests high amounts of baking soda, it can lead to blockage in the esophagus, further making it difficult to breathe.




Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Ferret Cage?


You can use a hydrogen peroxide solution to clean your ferret cage, but it isn’t recommended. According to Clear Creek Veterinary Clinic, hydrogen peroxide induces vomiting in ferrets and can be harmful if ingested.


Can You Make Homemade Ferret Cage Cleaner With Dawn?


You can make homemade ferret cage cleaner with Dawn, but I will advise you not to do it. Dawn soap can be very harmful to your ferret if ingested. It isn’t good for your ferret skin because dish soap can dry. So, also avoid bathing your pet with this. It’s best to go with homemade ferret shampoo.


How Soon Should You Clean A Ferret Cage?


It would be best to keep your ferret cage hygienic near & clean with regular cleaning. Cleaning your ferret litter, bedding, play area, exercise area, toys, and other accessories is necessary once a week. Also, it would be best to consider giving your ferret cage a thorough & deep cleaning every week. 


Note: Depending on how bad your ferret age looks and smells, you should adjust the frequency of ferret cleaning. In case of multiple pets, you must also clean your ferret cage once a couple of days. Multiple ferrets in a cage or indoors can emit a strong foul odor. But, this can be avoided using homemade ferret deodorizer.




I hope you have a good idea of ‘what I can use to clean my ferret cage.’ I have done my best to give you all the information you need to know on some of the best homemade ferret cage cleaners. If you find this article helpful, then consider sharing it. Also, watch your ferret if they ingest any cleaning solution.

If you suspect your ferret exhibits weird symptoms or unusual behavior after returning to the cage, you should consult a veterinarian. As I told you earlier, bleach isn’t good for your ferret to ingest or be around. No matter what solution you use to clean your ferret cage, keeping it safe and out of reach from your ferret, especially after cleaning the cage, would be best.

Ferrets like the smell of household cleaning solutions like bleach and may lick it out of curiosity. Please share this article with other ferret owners to let them know the right solution when cleaning ferret cages. To stay updated with ferret care & requirements for their l hygiene, health, and long life, consider checking my other post on this website. See you in the next post, till then, take care & goodbye.