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Here are some recommendations for cleaning materials and liquids for cleaning your cat trees:

1. Mild Dish Soap

Mild, pet-safe dish soap is a versatile option for cleaning cat trees. With its ability to cut through grease and lift away hair, a small amount of dish soap diluted in water can tackle most messes on plush, sisal, or wood surfaces. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly afterward to avoid any soapy residue.

- Gentle on materials
- Low cost and easy to find
- Removes grease/hair well

- Not disinfectant
- Can leave a soapy residue

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

As a disinfecting solution, hydrogen peroxide is another good choice for cat trees. At around 3% concentration, it can sanitize surfaces and break down tough stains and odors. However, test hydrogen peroxide on a small area first, as its oxidizing properties can potentially bleach some fabrics. But used properly, its antibacterial properties make it ideal for thorough disinfecting.

- Disinfects surfaces
- Breaks down stains/odors
- Low toxicity

- Can bleach some fabrics
- Doesn't remove grease well

3. Enzymatic Cleaners

Specialized enzymatic cleaners use natural enzymes to tackle set-in biological stains and odors caused by urine, feces, vomit, etc. The enzymes break down the compounds causing smells and stains at a molecular level. Enzymatic cleaners are ideal for removing cat messes on trees, though they may need supplemental scrubbing for best results.

- Removes biological stains/odors
- Won't damage materials
- Pet-safe ingredients

- More expensive
- Less effective on grease

4. Vinegar

A natural cleaning staple, vinegar can deodorize and lift certain stains off cat trees. With its high acidity, it helps dissolve mineral deposits and break down odor molecules. White distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar work well. However, vinegar's strong lingering scent may be unpleasant. But it can be an effective, non-toxic cleaner when used properly.

- Natural deodorizer
- Cheap and accessible
- Works on most stains

- Strong scent lingers
- Doesn't disinfect well

5. Baking Soda

Baking soda isn't a cleaner itself but functions as a deodorizer and gentle abrasive. Sprinkled onto messes, left to sit briefly, and then vacuumed up, it can help absorb odors, lift stains, and lightly scour surfaces. Activated with a spritz of water, baking soda makes a handy, inexpensive cat tree scrub. Just don't expect disinfecting power.

- Absorbs odors
- Gentle abrasive cleans
- Very inexpensive

- Doesn't disinfect
- Needs scrubbing to work

Overall, I'd recommend a gentle pet-safe cleaner or dish soap for most needs. Spot clean with an enzymatic cleaner for biological stains. And hydrogen peroxide can disinfect as needed. Avoid harsh chemicals that could irritate cats or damaged materials. With the right products, you can keep cat trees fresh and clean for your feline friends!