How to Clean Your Outdoor Bird Bath

Cleaning a birdbath is a dirty job, but one that must be done. Your feathered friends will thank you. Not to mention a clean birdbath will attract many more birds than a dirty one.

There’s not much to keeping a bird bath clean you just need to do a little bit of periodic maintenance to keep the birds flocking around all year round.

Here’s how to clean a bid bath the easy way.

  • The first thing you need to do is get rid of all the old water in the bath. Simply tip the birdbath over on its side and let all the old stale water run out onto the ground. If there’s just a little bit of dirt in the bottom of the birdbath you can just blast it out with a garden hose. This will remove any loose debris and you’re back in business.
  • If you have any mold or mildew growing in the bottom of the bowl you’ll want to use a commercial mold killer, diluted bleach or other bird bath cleaner to attack it. Use a spray bottle and soak the entire interior of the bowl with a cleaning solution. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to kill the mold and then rinse out.
  • If there is still mildew in the bowl repeat the process but use a scrub pad or scrub brush while wearing gloves to scrub out any scum.  Then hose the birdbath off to make sure there’s no residue that might hurt the birds.
  • Stand the birdbath back up and fill it with fresh clean water.  If you want to limit the growth of mildew in the bottom of the bowl you can place a piece of copper in the bottom of the birdbath. Copper reacts with the water making it more difficult for mildew to get a purchase and flourish.

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