When I first bought a couple of indoor rabbits for my apartment, I had no idea how much I would have to clean. Although small animals, indoor rabbits make a heck of a mess and, if you don’t keep up with daily hygiene, your apartment can quickly get dirty and full of bunny hair. Once you get used to it though, keeping an apartment clean when you have an indoor pet rabbit isn’t that difficult.
Develop a Daily Cleaning Routine – The most important thing about keeping an apartment clean with an indoor rabbit is to develop a daily cleaning routine. When I got my rabbits, I realized quickly, if I didn’t keep on top of the mess with daily cleanings and spot cleaning throughout the day, I’d soon be inundated with rabbit poop and hair. I have a maid who comes to my apartment twice a week to clean thoroughly but, on days she doesn’t come, I make sure I follow a specific cleaning routine and that keeps the mess under control.
Clean the Rabbit Cage Every Day – Whether you have a rabbit cage or a pen for your indoor rabbit, you must clean it every day. Rabbits moult all the time, which means if you don’t keep on top of the hair collection, you’ll soon find huge clumps of it all over your apartment, and rabbit poop too.
During the day when I’m home I make sure, even though my rabbits do much of their poop in litter trays full of hay, I still pick up spare poop pellets scattered around the pen with a tissue or paper towel, as well as mopping up any pee. Then, at night, I empty and clean both litter trays and fill with clean hay. I also wipe down all of the floor tiles in the pen (my rabbits don’t have a cage, just a big pen in my bedroom with boxes and rabbit chairs in it) with wet paper towels dipped in a solution of water and vinegar so, for the rest of the night, my rabbits are walking on and lying on clean, disinfected tiles.
Clean Up Food – If your rabbits are a bit messy, like mine sometimes are, make sure you pick up the spilled vegetables and pellets a few times a day, and throw it away. If you don’t, it attracts ants and they are hell to get rid of.
Clean the Cage or Pen With Water and Vinegar – Cleaning with vinegar is awesome for indoor rabbits. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant so perfect to clean areas where rabbit poop and pee have been. But, as it doesn’t have a strong ammonia smell like bleach, it’s safe for your rabbits, and the smell of vinegar evaporates in less than five minutes. It’s dirt cheap too.
Dust Your Apartment Every Day – If I don’t keep up with daily dusting, my apartment is soon covered with clumps of hair on every available surface, plus dust from the hay. So, every night I quickly dust all the surfaces in my three room apartment. Instead of using a typical duster though, I use paper towels and furniture polish as I find, with the copious amounts of hair, the paper towels pick it up easier than regular dusters. I can also throw them away as soon as they’re full of hair. It takes me 15 minutes but, once I’ve finished, it makes a huge difference in the cleanliness and hygiene of my apartment and my rabbits.
Mop Your Floor or Vacuum – I live in Asia, where most apartments have tile floors. Much more hygienic than carpets, especially when you have indoor rabbits, I mop my apartment tiled floor every day with a mixture of tile cleaner and a capful of bleach. The tile cleaner smells nice and covers the ammonia smell from the bleach, and the bleach keeps my apartment disinfected and hygienic.
If you have carpets in your apartment, vacuum daily or you’ll soon find so much rabbit hair on the floor your vacuum cleaner will become clogged.
Clean Bowls, Toys Etc. In the Bath – Don’t’ clean anything that comes out of your rabbit cage or pen in the kitchen sink, it’s not hygienic. Most things from a rabbits cage will have feces or urine splashed on them and, cleaning in the kitchen sink contaminates your cooking and food preparation areas. Instead, clean any rabbit supplies or toys in the bathtub with hot water and vinegar, then disinfectant the whole area with bleach when you’re done.