How to Clean and Maintain a Bird Bath

September 07, 2016

Bird baths should be cleaned carefully and filled with fresh water to attract a wide variety of birds. Birds, just like humans, don’t like dirty and polluted water. Clean water tastes good, too. Mosquitoes breed in dirty water and they will spread diseases. Dirty water can have a foul smell, which may attract other pests. That’s not all. Algae and dirt can easily stain bird bath, and it will be difficult to restore it to its original beauty.

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Easy Steps to Clean a Birdbath

It is easy to clean bird baths if you have the proper tools and, of course, time. 

Materials needed…

  • Water: You need a bucket full of water and a mug
  • Scrub Brush: You need a scrub brush to wipe of algae and other dirt.
  • Rubber Gloves: Protect your hands with rubber gloves as the stagnant water in the bird bath can be contaminated.
  • Chlorine Bleach: This is essential to make the bird bath germ-free.

To clean a bird bath...

  • Throw all the dirty water on the grass or nearby flowerbeds.
  • Using a scrub brush, get rid of seeds, faeces or any other contaminants.
  • Mix two tablespoons of chlorine bleach to 1 litre water and scrub the bath thoroughly. It the bird bath is too dirty, allow the solution to soak for a few minutes. This will make it easier to clean.
  • Rinse the bird bath carefully with running water. A slight chlorine smell may still remain, but make sure it is not too strong.
  • Before filling it with water allow it to dry completely.
  • Refill the bath with fresh, clean water

You can minimise frequent cleaning

All bird baths will get dirty fast and you will have to clean it eventually. However, it is possible to minimize the need for frequent cleanings. Follow these tips.

  • Never mix fresh water with stagnant water
  • Rinse the bath for a while every time it is refilled to get rid of muggy rubbish and faeces.
  • Do not keep bird baths near feeders to prevent seeds from landing in the water.
  • Keep the bird bath in a shady spot to lessen algae.

Maintaining a clean bird bath is not a difficult task, but it is essential to protect the health of the birds. A clean bird bath will attract many species of birds. So clean it 2-3 times a week using a pressure hose. Make sure that you clean not just the bird bath but the surrounding area as well at regular intervals.

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