How to get rid of hamster smells

How to get rid of hamster smells - Home Guide Expert
Canstock Image

How to get rid of hamster smells

We had a lovely little hamster called Henry for many years but his cage towards the end of a fortnightly clean became a bit pongy which is why we devised this guide on how to keep hamsters from smelling!  We have had hamsters and gerbils for many years as pets, so we are quite confident that our guide works through experience and trial and error.  When working out what is the easiest way to clean a hamster cage, you need to invest in a few essentials to make it a breeze.  Our guide contains everything you will need and the easiest way to do it with minimal stress to yourself and your hamster.  So how to get rid of hamster smells?

We used many products to try to combat the smell and found a method and products that actually work well together.  As most animal lovers and owners know, it is the house guest that can smell your pets because you may have become used to the smell.

For the easiest way to clean a hamster cage and get rid of hamster smells, follow our guide:

  1. Place an ozone-free air purifier in the room near your pet’s cage.  These small compact and quiet air purifiers have a 3 stage infiltration system to reduce smells, dust, pollen, smoke and pet dander (flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers).
  2. Place your hamster(s) somewhere safe.  You can place yours in a plastic ball(s) and pop them in the garden or somewhere safe inside your home.
  3. Wearing marigolds combine a little fairy liquid in hot water and wash the base of the cage thoroughly after emptying the cage.  Wipe down the sides of the top wired areas of the cage and wash the wheel, feeding bowl and water dispenser. Leave to dry.  Spray the cage with a safe animal disinfectant for small animals.  We use Johnsons Clean N Safe Disinfectant.  Leave for 15 minutes then wipe clean and allow to dry.
  4. Sprinkle granules onto the areas of the cage where your hamster(s) like to defecate.  We used Cage Fresh Granules.
  5. Next, sprinkle a little hamster food at the opposite end of the cage to where you placed the granules.  If the hamster(s) find it, it will be a nice little surprise!  We used Tiny Friends Farm Hamster Mix.
  6. Place some bedding at the bottom of the tray over both the granules and the hamster food, covering this part of the cage a quarter of the way up.  We use Carefresh Ultra bedding, it stays fresher for longer.
  7. Fill the food tray and fill the water dispenser with clean fresh water.
  8. To give your hamster(s) something to chew on, you can place chewable products in the cage too which will prevent them from chewing the cage itself.
  9. Pop the hamster(s) back in the cage.

Every other day, put your marigolds on and scoop up any poop you see and dispose of in the bin.  This makes life a lot nicer for your hamster too!

The cage should now smell fantastic and will stay fresher for much longer.

Products you will need:

Ozone Free Air Purifier

How to get rid of Hamster Smells - Home Guide Expert

Buy here

Levoit’s air purifiers have the most reliable 3-Stage Filtration System with Fine Preliminary, True HEPA and Activated Carbon filters that reduce 99.97% of odours, dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores and pet dander.  100% Ozone Free, this air purifier avoids using UV/Ion light, an air cleaning method that research has shown can produce harmful ozone and secondary pollution.  With ultra-silent & touch control panel operation, it filters the air with the lowest noise level as quiet as 25dB for a restful and soothing indoor environment, helping you sleep deeply.  All settings can be made via the elegant touch panel control panel.  With a built-in replacement, indicator to reminds you when it’s time for a fresh filter, it should be replaced every 6-8 months depending on use and air quality.  Levoit offers more affordable replacement filters than those of many other brands, guaranteeing you savings far into the future.  Quality Assurance: The British standard plug and 25W motor are guaranteed to get the job done.  Ideal for pet lovers, people who suffer from allergies, nasal stuffiness, cough, sneezing, asthma, etc.  Suitable for home and office.

Johnsons Clean N Safe Disinfectant

Buy here

Johnsons Clean N Safe is a disinfectant, cleaner and deodorant all in one!  It kills bacteria and viruses in areas where pets live, sleep and feed – hutches, cages, pet bedding, drinkers etc.  Suitable for small animals.

Cage Fresh Granules

Buy here

Beaphar cage fresh granules freshen cages and hutches quickly and simply. Contains friendly microbes that are harmless to pets and people, but which neutralise and break down the odours of small animal urine.  One light sprinkling of cage fresh granules will keep your hutch fresher, which is more pleasant for you and your pet.  An added benefit is that the reduced smell makes your pet less likely to be bothered by flies or flystrike.

Carefresh Ultra Bedding

Ultra carefresh beddingBuy here

For maximum odour control and absorbency, Carefresh Ultra bedding is perfect for small pets.  Carefresh is an economical small pet bedding that only requires using half the amount of conventional bedding material.  Featuring a unique odour control system that is virtually dust-free to protect your small pets respiratory system.  it lasts twice as long as traditional bedding and it absorbs over three times its weight in liquid.  Heat sanitised to kill bacteria, mould and fungus, it can be used for all small pets, reptiles and other exotic animals.

Tiny Friends Hamster Mix (click here to view)

Tiny friends hamster mix

Officially the first and only food to be approved by the National Hamster Council, this well-balanced mix includes soya, whole peanuts and sunflower seeds for an extra succulent appeal to your hamster.

We hope you found our how to get rid of hamster smells guide helpful.

Further Guides on How to Get Rid of:


Bed Bugs



Carpet Beetles







Dog Smells

Guinea Pig Smells

Gerbil Smells

Hamster Smells

Self Doubt




Molluscum Contagiosum

Ear Infection