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Hazardous Cleaning Products to Avoid Using Around Birds


Some household products are definite no-nos to use around birds as they can harm your bird's respiratory system. Stay away from the following products when cleaning cages and surrounding areas in your home:

  • Ozone generators (some air purifiers create Ozone)
  • Ionizers
  • Aerosols
  • Products that emit strong fumes
  • Scented candles
  • Deodorizers (carpet, fabric and plug-ins)
  • Pine oil
  • Dry-Cleaning chemicals
  • Window cleaners containing ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Boric acid
  • Detergents (have caustic, acidic or alkaline properties)
  • Solvents and spot removers
  • Acetone
  • Spray starch
  • Chlorine and bromine
  • Furniture polish
  • Petroleum distillates
  • Quaternary ammoniums

If you must use any of these products, remove your bird from the environment and don't return the bird until all residue and fumes are gone.

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