Nobody likes a stinky guinea pig cage! When the cage starts to smell, don't try and mask it with deodorizers or sprays. Not only will they harm your guinea pig, it will still be uncomfortable for the guinea pig to sit in his own waste. Instead, clean it, it's easy!
Despite some guinea pigs who like corners to expel waste, most will do it anywhere. Every 2-5 days, depending on how much your guinea pig goes and the number of guinea pigs, you will need to replace all bedding. And everyday, just spot clean, meaning remove any soiled bedding and feces that you can. To prevent urine stains on the cage's pan, wipe off those wet areas when you clean daily.
Here is an easy way to clean your guinea pig's cage:
1. Take out your guinea pigs, and put them in a safe spot, like a cat carrier. Put them somewhere away from loud noises or other pets, and out of the room, wherever you keep them. Remove the cage's top and place it somewhere out of the way.
2. Remove any toys, treats, housing, food bowls, and water bottles. Wash the water bottle and replace water; set aside. Wash the food bowl too and dry. Set aside.
3. Dump all bedding into the organics/compost bin (or shake out fleece and throw into the wash). Use a shovel or paint scraper to scrape any bedding stuck to the cage.
4.. In a clean spray bottle, pour one cup white vinegar and 3 cups of water (as long as it is one part vinegar and two parts water, it doesn't matter how much or little you put) in and shake. And there you have it, the safest cage cleaner you'll ever find! Cap the bottle and spray entire cage pan with the mixture. Use an old sponge or rag and wipe down the whole cage pan.
5. Use a hose to spray the solution off. If your hose doesn't have pressure nozzles on it, put your finger in the center of the spout of the hose. Wash all solution off thoroughly. Dry the entire cage pan very well! (Mold will grow when it combines with dry bedding).
6. Add in fresh bedding. If you want better absorbency, add a lining of newspaper before putting the bedding on top. Place the cage top on and secure it to the pan. Put all toys, treats, houses, water bottles, and food bowls back in. Take your piggies out and let them popcorn! All guinea pigs love a clean cage; it makes them very excited.
Guinea pigs love taking a nap in a clean cage. And after all that excited popcorning (jumping up and down), can you blame them?