10 Terrific Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar To Keep Birds Healthy

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    10 Terrific Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

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    It’s more than just for salad dressing! Apple cider vinegar may be delicious on your greens mixed with some olive oil but it can do a lot more than add tang to that green salad. It can do far more for you as well as keeping the planet clean of chemicals and giving your bird room a fresher look. It’s safe for your flock and safe for the environment with no dangerous fumes.

    All vinegars have anti-microbial attributes and apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an excellent liquid to clean surfaces of your...MORE home. Diluting it with water to a 1:1 solution will create an excellent disinfectant that wipes out most germs and leave surfaces shiny. Here are some great ideas for using vinegar that will leave the planet happier and your birds safe.

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    Sanitize Digital Devices: Tablets and Cell Phones

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    Your cell phone is probably one of the grimiest and inch-for-inch one of the dirtiest things in your home. You’re handling it with your hands and holding up to your face and hair. After a while they get awfully grimy. A lightly saturated soft cloth with a vinegar and water solution and tightly wrung out will clean up those devices in a hurry. 

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    Clean Stainless Steel

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    Our stainless steel cages take a beating with bird poop, pellet crumbs and bits of fresh food and Chop that get scattered everywhere. Straight vinegar on stainless steel removes this gunk and cleans it up in a hurry leaving no residue. 

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    Sanitize Cutting Boards

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    We are always cutting up fresh food for our flocks. Keeping the cutting boards clean and fresh is easy with a wipe down of straight vinegar. Cutting boards are notorious for bacteria buildup in all of those crevices. The vinegar treatment makes cleaning this up a snap. 

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    Sticker Removal

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    Purchase a new bird toy with a pesky sticker that won’t come off? Try soaking the sticker with some apple cider vinegar and watch the adhesive help making the sticker easier to remove. 

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    Sanitize Cage Covers

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    Cage covers get pretty dusty and grimy. You can ensure your cage covers are clean and sanitized by washing them with laundry soap along with a a cup of straight apple cider vinegar into your normal wash load to remove bacterial residue and fresh them up. 

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    Cover Up Those Parrot Bite Marks In Furniture

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    Do you have wood molding or furniture that your parrot got the best of with her beak? Mix some iodine with vinegar. Simply match the color by adjusting the amount of iodine to the vinegar and apply with a brush. 

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    Degrease Your Kitchen

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    Grease is a problem to remove at times. You can degrease countertops and stoves with a 1:1 vinegar solution to clean up these surfaces making them shiny and grease-free. A soft sponge or microfiber cleaning cloth works well to get the grease off of your counters and stove. 

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    Remove Mildew From The Shower Curtain

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    Take the shower curtain or liner down and toss it in the washing machine adding a half cup of baking soda to it. Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle and you’ll have a shower curtain to hang back up that looks brand new. 

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    Freshen The Disposer

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    We all hate that rank smell the disposer develops after a while. Simply pour a ½ cup of baking soda to the disposer. Pour a cup of apple cider vinegar to the baking soda in the disposer and watch the cool volcano lava action while freshening and sanitizing the disposer. Rinse by letting the water run for a few seconds and you have a fresh smelling disposer in minutes! This works well for any drains in your house keeping them fresh and gunk-free. 

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    Clean Dusty Window Blinds

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    Dust is a nemesis for homes with companion birds. And window blinds are notorious for picking up that dust and hanging on for dear life. The vinegar solution is not hard on wood, plastic or metal and will get the job done. 

    You can safely clean window blinds with that 1:1 apple cider vinegar and water solution rendering them dust-free and shiny.