How should I clean my Sugar Glider cage and accessories?
Not sure how often to clean, or what to use?
Here’s a quick rundown of my personal cleaning routine, and what to do/what not to do. Main thing is, don’t overclean, or they’ll overmark. They’re scent-based animals, so they need their home to always smell at least a little like home. Don't clean everything on the same day, do cages/wheels one week and toys/fleece the next, etc. Always leave some things that smell like them or they'll just stink it up worse than before. If you use blankets,don't wash those with the fleece and put them in the clean pouches so they smell a bit like them still. Then clean the blankets the next week or so.
Drop Pan: I use cozy n fresh pellets in my drop pan(equine pine pellets are great too)! I dump the whole tray every week or two, then spray it off, wipe down with a little eucalyptus essential oil, then let it dry and add some more pellets.
Cage: Every two weeks or so, I use a mixture of vinegar/hot water and eucalyptus essential oil and a regular rag. I scrub down the cage, changing the mixture when it gets too dirty. Then, just as an extra bacteria killer, I spray it down with chlorhexidine 2%(diluted 2 tablespoons to a gallon) and let it sit for about 20 minutes, then wipe down with a clean wet rag. Some people use peroxide also. Stay away from things like bleach though, it's a bit too strong for their noses(will make them mark a lot if you don't get everything rinsed super well).
Cage Sets: I use a cup of vinegar and a teaspoon of chlorhexidine and run them in cold water in the washer, then dry on low heat in the dryer(or hang out to dry). You can use unscented detergent or a bit of regular detergent too(nothing too strong). DON'T use any fabric softeners.
Toys/Wheels: I soak the wheels/toys in the sink with the same mixture I use to clean the cage, plus a bit of dawn. Then after the water gets cold, I scrub them with a rag, rinse, spray on some chlorhexidine solution, let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse again and dry.