How To Clean (Disinfect) A Hamster Cage After One Dies?

It would be the toughest time for any owner when their beloved Hamster passes away. However, we need to be practical in this challenging time and handle everything with care. It is important to learn the process of disinfecting a Hamster cage but from where should I start? What products should I use? Let’s find out!

Disinfecting the cage is essential after a Hamster’s death to avoid any health problems. We can reuse most of the cage supplies. However, it is strongly advised to get rid of all the old substrate, bedding, and chew toys. You can disinfect other cage accessories with the help of warm water and mild detergents.

It is very essential to disinfect the cage before using it for a new pet. Even if you are not thinking of getting yourself a new Hamster, you must clean all the supplies before storing them to prevent any kind of health problems.

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It is very important to learn about the cleaning supplies that can be used to disinfect a Hamster cage. Not all cleaners available in the market are safe for our Hamsters. Do not worry, in this article, we will learn everything about the disinfecting process as well as about hamster-safe cleaning products.

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Empty The Cage: Assemble All The Cage Supplies

Start the process by removing all the supplies from the cage. Keep everything aside right from the toys, food containers, wheels, and other accessories.

You should never disinfect the cage with all the supplies in it. It could damage all those accessories making them useless for the future. Besides this, it is not safe either.

Throw All The Substrate/Bedding Away

Do not do the mistake of reusing the old substrate or the bedding for your new pet. Throw away all the substrate present in the cage.

Even if your Hamster has hardly used the substrate, get rid of all of it. The previous or the old substrate will have the scent of your Hamster making it difficult and uncomfortable for your new pet.

Most of the Hamster owners, practice the habit of changing 1/3 of the bedding every time they deep-cleaned the cage. However, this time you need to get rid of the entire bedding.

You can use a dustpan and a brush to scoop out the substrate. Use a disposable bag to collect it. Throw away the bag with the rest of your household garbage.

This set of dust-pan and brush is my personal favorite. I have been using it for a long time. It is very handy and has made the work easier for me. I got them from Amazon. Have a look at it!

Clean The Cage Thoroughly

After you have removed all the cage supplies and the substrate, it is time to deep clean the cage. Start by using a vacuum cleaner to remove the bits and pieces of the substrate or the bedding stuck in the corners of the cage.

Now, mix 2 parts of water with 1 part of white vinegar to make a disinfectant spray for the cage. Vinegar and water solution is one of my favorites. It is quite cheap and absolutely safe for our pets. Disinfectant sprays available in the market cannot be trusted enough.

This solution also helps you get rid of the sludgy reside of the Hamster urine settled at the bottom of the cage. Do not forget to clean the cage’s wall, glass, and bars. After this, let the cage to air dry for a few hours.

After 2-3 hours, use warm water and a sponge or scrubbing wipes to once again clean the cage to remove the disinfectant solution. Do not miss the corners. Clean the cage lid as well.

Now, leave the cage empty in a well-ventilated area for a week or so. This will make sure that the cage is free from all kinds of germs and bacteria.

Lastly, you can use a cage deodorizer spray before reusing the cage. This will help to get rid of any leftover smell from the cage.

These are my personal favorite cleaning supplies. I got them from Amazon!

Disinfecting Other Cage Accessories

It is as important to disinfect the Hamster supplies as it is the cage. We must sanitize all the cage accessories properly before reusing them.

Wash the food containers properly with the help of soap and water. For other plastic cage supplies, use an old toothbrush for scrubbing. After scrubbing, soak them in a bowl of lukewarm water and soap. Let them sit for an hour or so. After an hour, take them out to dry in any open space. Once dried, they can be used again.

It is advised to dispose of all of your Hamster’s chew toys. Although you may use the other cage supplies, chew toys should not be reused. Also, throw away any of the cage supplies that are made of paper or cardboard.

For the rocks and stones present in your Hamster’s cage, scrub them thoroughly. Use warm water for this process. It will help to remove all the dirt and bacteria that might be present on them.

Dry them in the sun or any open area for a few hours. Once they are dried, they are ready to be re-used again. You can disinfect the other ceramic decorative in the same way.

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How To Disinfect The Wooden Objects

Many Hamster owners often think that they have to throw all the old wooden supplies, but the truth is you can reuse them for our new pet without any worries. However, it is important to disinfect them properly before using them again.

Picture Credits: Dora, The Syrian Hamster; Instagram Handle: thehamstercalledmouse

Here are two easy ways you can use to clean your Hamster’s wooden supplies:

Method 1: Baking

Simply bake all the wooden objects in the oven at a high temperature. Heat them at around 200°F (93°C) for about 20-30 minutes.

Once done, take the supplies out carefully with the help of tongs. Place them in a place where they can completely dry. Also, make sure you keep the wooden supplies away from your children.

This method can be used for all types of wooden supplies without any worries. Baking helps to kill all the bacteria present. Also, this method is completely safe for the Hamsters.

Method 2: Water+Detergent

Another way to sanitize the wooden supplies is by using water and mild detergents. However, make sure that this method cannot be used for all types of supplies. If the wooden objects are dyed with artificial colors or other decorative, do not use this method. This method works best for all the natural wooden supplies.

Start by filling in a container with some warm water. Add a few drops of mild detergent to it. Now, dip all the supplies in the solution for about an hour. Make sure that they are fully submerged.

After an hour or so, take out the supplies and wash away the leftover detergent using clean water. Leave them to dry in a well-ventilated are for about 4-5 days. Make sure that the wood is completely dry before you reuse them, to avoid the risk of it going moldy. Trust me, moldy cases are not at all fun to deal with.

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Can You Use Lysol Wipes On Hamster Cage?

No, you should never use Lysol wipes to clean Hamster cages. Lysol is not at all safe for our Hamsters. If ingested, it might lead to several health complications in them.

Can I Use Washing Up Liquid To Clean Hamster Cage?

Yes, washing up liquids is safe to clean a Hamster’s cage. However, make sure that it does not have any kind of added scent or color. Also, do not forget to rinse the cage thoroughly with lukewarm water after using any kind of washing-up liquid to clean it.

Can I Use Clorox Wipes To Clean My Hamster Cage?

Clorox wipes are not safe for our Hamsters. They are too harsh for our little ones and leaves residue after use. Although they claim to eliminate 99.9% of the germs, it is best to avoid using them for our Hamsters. They also contain certain chemicals, that can prove toxic for our Hamsters if ingested.

Can You Clean A Hamster Cage With Baby Wipes?

Yes, we can use baby wipes to clean Hamster cages. However, make sure that the wipes are unscented and alcohol-free. Also, do not use the wipes regularly.

Can I Use Dettol To Clean Hamster Cage?

It is best to avoid using Dettol to clean a Hamster’s cage. Dettol contains a chemical namely phenol chloroxylenol, which can prove to be toxic or our little ones.

Can I Use Bleach To Clean Hamster Cage?

Yes, bleach is totally safe to use for cleaning the Hamster cage. However, we cannot use it directly. The best way would be to make a solution with 90% water and 10% bleach. Bleach in its full strength can be dangerous for our Hamsters due to its strong smell. Also, make sure to rinse the cage completely with lukewarm water after using bleach.


Hello, I am Mohini, the founder of this blog. I am a qualified Animal Nutrition. I am here to help everyone understand their pets better.

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