Three Cage Cleaning Tips

Cleaning your gecko’s cage can be a complicated and time-consuming process, but it doesn’t always have to be. And believe it or not, geckos usually require minimal cage maintenance as long as you keep it clean and tidy on a regular basis.


If you’re sick and tired of spending hours upon hours cleaning out your gecko’s cage, or if you’re simply looking for ways to make the whole cage cleaning process go a lot smoother, here are four tips on how you can save time (and money) each time you clean your gecko’s cage:

Wash the Cage

Wash the cage with a mild vinegar solution once every four months. A minimal amount of vinegar will help clean out any bacteria that is living and growing inside your gecko’s cage, and it is a great alternative to bleach because it won’t cause any harm to your gecko once he or she is placed back inside of the cage.

Simply add a tiny bit of vinegar to a bucket of water, (it usually requires one part vinegar and nine parts water) and stir the mixture together thoroughly before cleaning out the entire cage. Be sure to air out the cage before returning your gecko to the cage, and take extra care to make sure all of the chemicals are completely rinsed out of the cage as well.

 Clean the Furniture

Clean every single item in the cage: One of the biggest “no-no’s” you can commit as a gecko owner is not to clean out each and every single item in the cage whenever you clean it. Not only is this harmful to your gecko, it completely reverses the entire cleaning process since whatever bacteria or other unwanted material that is on the cage furniture will just “re-infect” the cage you’ve just cleaned.

Each time you clean your cage, be sure to clean all the bedding, caves, rocks, plants, etc. before placing your gecko back inside of the cage.

Spot-clean the cage

We all know how difficult it can be to have the time to spot-clean your gecko’s cage on a daily basis, however, realistically as soon as there are any feces in the cage it should be cleaned out immediately. Try to scoop out the feces as soon as you notice them, and spot-clean the cage every night before you go to sleep or every morning when you wake up.


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Written by Maria Rainier

Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blogger for First in Education where she’s recently written on computer science degree programs along with a piece on electrical transportation equipment repair jobs. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, playing piano, and working with origami.
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  1. Thanks Maria for your informative article on cleaning cage tips. Following these cleaning tips will help keep your gecko healthy and help avoid visits to the vet.

  2. I find it very hard to see or find droppings in my tank. the substrate is a mulch so I don’t find it easily..any problem with just cleaning out the tank every month and changngi the substrate completely?

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