Geckos are interesting little pets that are growing increasingly common in the pet trade. One thing all pet owners need to be aware of is how to clean up after their pets.
Normal gecko poop should have three parts to it. There are typically two elongated brown pieces that resemble rodent droppings sometimes tipped with a white or yellow substance. The poop should be solid and well-formed and dark in color.
The good news is that gecko poop is tiny and typically solid, making it easier for cleanup. That doesn’t mean you won’t run into the occasional gecko poop stain. So, here are some ideas and tips on how to clean those pesky stains.
Top 4 Ways to Clean Gecko Poop Stains
1. Dish Soap
Dish soap has more uses than just cleaning those dirty dishes. If you end up with a poop stain on your clothing or other fabric, you can head to the kitchen and get the dish soap and even a pinch of baking soda.
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2. Stain Removing Spray/Pre-Treatment
3. Use a Reputable Laundry Detergent With Stain-Removing Power
If you got some gecko poop on a fabric that is machine washable, make sure you have a stain removing laundry detergent that is well known among consumers for being effective. This kind of laundry detergent is great to have on hand for any occasion that involves a difficult stain.
For poop stains, it’s ideal to use some pre-treatment or at least try to rinse the fabric prior to throwing it into the wash. The longer a stain is allowed to sit untreated, the harder it will be to fully remove. Again, make sure to read the washing instructions on the fabric you are needing to clean.
Vinegar isn’t ideal to use on all fabrics, but if you are needing to clean your gecko’s poop stains off the walls of their enclosure, vinegar is a safe and non-toxic option that will take care of that caked on feces. Thankfully, poop stains will wipe off relatively easily when on the wall of an enclosure. Getting stains out of fabric can be a bit trickier.
Make sure to dilute white distilled vinegar (or apple cider vinegar if you prefer) with water and wipe it down thoroughly. Make sure to concentrate on any dried, caked-on poop stains. Rinse thoroughly after wiping down with this solution.
Additional Tips for Cleaning Gecko Poop
It is important to remember that geckos do have the potential to carry salmonella, though it is very unlikely that your captive-bred specimens would carry the bacteria. Regardless, it is always better to be safe than sorry, especially when cleaning up poop. If nothing else, it’s best to keep sanitary.
A gecko’s poop is small, elongated, and typically solid. In terms of vicious poop stains, your gecko probably won’t be a pet that gives you a lot of concern. However, when there is poop, there can be poop stains. If you do happen to require a gecko poop stain removal, try one of the above tips to help you get rid of that unwanted stain. As with any stain, it’s best to act quickly.
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