How to Keep Your Hamster's Cage Clean

Hamster looking out from cage
Project Overview
  • Working Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $15

It's critical to keep your hamster's cage clean in order to keep them healthy and disease-free, as well as for your personal health. Not to mention, it's easier on the nose! The first step toward keeping your pet's cage clean is daily upkeep, but a weekly deep clean is also necessary.

Daily Cleaning

Spend a few minutes each day cleaning up your hamster's bathroom and offering new food and water. Hamsters are generally clean creatures who prefer to relieve themselves in one or two regions of the cage. This "bathroom" nook is simple to clean. To do so, reach into the cage with a scoop or gloved hand and remove any filthy material, placing it in a bag. Clean bedding material should be used to replace what was removed.

Washing the water and food dishes on a regular basis is crucial since your pet eats and drinks from them. By keeping them clean, you may avoid your hamster from eating contaminated food or water, as well as the accumulation of hazardous germs or bacteria.

Weekly Cleaning

To keep your hamster's housing clean and hygienic, you'll need to change all of the bedding every week. While this thorough cleaning is normally only required once a week, if you notice a strong ammonia odor, the bedding appears to be more filthy than usual, or you are housing multiple hamsters together, you may need to do it more frequently.


Salmonella and lymphocytic choriomeningitis are two viruses and bacteria that may be transmitted by hamsters. As a result, it's critical to always use gloves when cleaning your hamster's cage. After finishing daily or weekly cleaning duties, make sure to properly wash your hands.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Cleaning gloves
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Safe cage cleaning solution


  • Garbage bag
  • Replacement bedding


  1. Transfer Your Hamster to a Safe Place

    Move your hamster to a secure spot outside his or her cage, such as a pet carrier or hamster ball, when you're ready to clean. If your hamster scampers past as you scoop up soiled bedding or replace a clean food dish, it will be less anxious, and there is no risk of injury.

    To save time and ensure that you use safe cleaning solutions, gather your resources ahead of time. You can use mild soap and warm water, or you can look for treatments particularly made for tiny pet habitats at your local pet store. Never use bleach at maximum strength!

  2. Empty the Cage

    Remove all of the bedding and discard the used stuff. Even though part of the bedding seems clean at first glance, weekly bedding changes are recommended for a fresh start and a clean habitat.

    Also remove all food and water dishes, tunnels, wheels, and toys. This prevents any soiled bedding or food particles from remaining trapped underneath objects.

  3. Thoroughly Wash the Cage

    Scrub the empty enclosure with warm water or cage cleaning solution and mild soap. You may also use vinegar instead of soap to clean the cage, but make sure to properly rinse away any residue.

    It may be beneficial to disassemble your hamster cage, depending on the sort of cage you have for your pet. This makes it easier to deep-clean each part and eliminates the difficulty of reaching in through small doors or access points.

    Set the cage aside to dry while you clean the rest of your hamster's set-up.

  4. Wash All Cage Accessories

    Cleaning your hamster's cage isn't complete until you've scrubbed all of his or her toys, wheels, tunnels, and bowls. Urine, feces, and germs may be found in the cracks of tunnels, behind dishes, and on the surface of toys, therefore this is crucial. Exposure to this kind of filth can cause and vision difficulties.

    Once washed, be sure to rinse each item to ensure that no soap or cleaning solution is trapped inside of the items.

  5. Dry and Reassemble the Cage

    Dry all pieces of the cage well. Leaving water behind may create soggy bedding or lead to mold developing. Once it is dry, reassemble the cage and fill it generously with new bedding.

    Two to three inches of fresh, fluffy bedding should be provided for your hamster. Pine and cedar bedding should never be used since they might cause respiratory problems in your hamster.

    Place the clean toys, dishes, tunnels, and wheels back inside the cage. Once cleaning is complete, return your hamster to his fresh, clean home.

  6. Dispose of the Soiled Bedding and Gloves

    All filthy bedding, as well as any paper towels or disposable cloths used to clean your hamster habitat, should be discarded. Remove the bag and tie it up. If you used rags, make sure they're clean before using them again.

    Always complete cleaning your hamster cage by thoroughly washing your hands.

A happy, healthy hamster requires a clean hamster cage. You can keep your pet's house looking and smelling nice by following this simple cleaning schedule for a pet hamster's cage. Additionally, your home will smell better!