Easy Ways to Clean

Easy ways to keep your birdbath and other bird items clean.

Oriole with a vibrant orange breast eating from a dish of grape jellyI really hate cleaning, but I love my birds and I know that harmful bacteria can flourish in and around feeders, baths and houses. So I developed a simple cleaning routine for myself that just takes a few minutes and keeps my feathered friends happy and healthy.

An almost rustic-looking bluebird drinking from a matching vintage blue birdbath

To keep it quick and easy, I hang my trusty Bird Bath & Feeder Brush on the hose reel and every time I go to refill my baths, I give them a quick scrub-a-dub and a rinse. In the heat of summer, my baths get lots of use so I am brushing and filling daily. Every couple of weeks I sanitize my bath with a vinegar solution. Just mix 4 cups of white vinegar with 1 gallon of water in the bird bath, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then scrub and rinse well. It will sparkle!

Several bright yellow goldfinches eating black oil sunflower seeds from a tube feeder.I clean my feeders every week or two in summer, less often during the cold months. First, I give my feeders a good spritz with 3B Protection Spray. Let it sit on the feeder for 15 minutes and then give them a good once-over with a Feeder Brush. A good rinse and an hour drying in the sun and the feeders are ready for some fresh seed. If you have a Duncraft tube feeder, click here for detailed cleaning instructions.

#1 Four Flower Frolic FeederI wash my nectar feeders with hot soapy water, followed by thorough rinsing, every single I time I refill them. Starting with a clean feeder helps keep the nectar fresher for a longer time. A dash of Nectar Defender makes a world of difference in how long the nectar stays fresh.

Duncraft Eco-Bird Chickadee HouseBird houses really need to get cleaned out at the end of the season to rid them of yucky germs and parasites. The 3B Protection Spray and a good brush work great for houses, too.

Nobody needs extra chores, but it really feels great knowing that I’m doing my best to keep my birds safe and healthy. Do you have any tips for keeping your backyard bird equipment clean? Let us know!

Make every day a happy bird day!

Heidi Babb

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  • Johnnie Mc August 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I have a question about how to clean under the feeders where seed & shells accumulate? Sometimes it gets moldy after a rain & I worry about my ground feeding birds!
    Thank you

    • Heidi Babb August 16, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Great question, Johnnie Mc! It’s a very good idea to clean up the fallen seed and hulls that can accumulate below your feeders. It certainly can become a moldy mess that can be harmful to birds and other animals as well. Sometimes a little flexible rake is enough to clean up the area, but I would also like to mention a great product that our customers have been using for years: Seed & Hull Digester. This is a 32-oz container of all-natural enzymes that helps target and eliminate bacteria that gathers under birdfeeders and birdhouses. Simply attach a hose and spray the area underneath any birdhouses or feeders. Quick, easy, effective, and safe!