Soaps and Detergents –

These are always good for general cleaning and cleaning before you use a stronger disinfectant. Cleaning is best done with hot, soapy water. The hot water and surfactants in the soap work to loosen debris stuck to surfaces and rinsing water flushes it away. When you are cleaning bowls , perches or enclosures which cannot be taken to a tub, sink or outdoor hose to be thoroughly rinsed out, it must be done with sponges, rags or paper towels. All items should be rinsed well and dried thoroughly before being replaced in the cage.

Almost any good liquid soap can be used for cleaning. Simple Green™ and regular dishwashing soap both work well. If you use concentrated cleaners such as Simple Green,  be sure to dilute the product according to manufacturer's directions. There is no need to bother with soaps advertised as "antibacterial" - all soaps are antibacterial in that they, in conjunction with hot water, help remove bacteria from surfaces. Antibacterial soaps are not disinfectants and should not be used in place of a proper disinfectant. Do not use soaps or cleansers which are abrasive, contain pine scents, phenols or ammonia.

It is important to note that soaps are divided into two groups: anionic soaps (with a negative charge) and synthetic detergents (positively charged).  These can deactivate or severely weaken many disinfectants so you must completely rinse out or wipe off all soap residues. See section” DETERGENT-SANITIZER INTERACTIONS “

Last Edited By: Matt Morris and David Newman Oct 24 15 2:05 PM. Edited 1 time.