Vivian N Bill Davis
Vivian N Bill Davis
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  • Independence, IA
Asked on Apr 10, 2019

How's the best way to clean my bird feeders big and small?

DesertRoseLynn SorrellDebker


do I have to repaint them , I have some oriole feeders that have kind of faded?

4 answers
  • Peggy Burnette
    on Apr 10, 2019

    Hi Vivian, this is Peggy. Here are some instructions I hope will help you get your bird feeders clean and fresh. Be careful of what paint you use may be harmful to birds. Wild Bird Supplies Paint a Safe, Attractive Birdhouse for ... - The Spruce

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    Dec 30, 2018 - Painted birdhouses are beautiful, but are they safe for birds? These tips will help you enjoy pretty houses good for all nesting birds.

    Tips and Tricks to Clean Bird Feeders Safely - The Spruce

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    Aug 13, 2018 - Use Proper Cleaning Solutions: Feeders can be sanitized with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water. Commercial bird feeder cleaning solutions or a mild solution of unscented dish soap is also suitable to clean bird feeders.

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  • Debker
    on Apr 10, 2019

    Hi Vivian, if you do paint them you will need to be sure they are done with a latex that dries fast and odorless, clean them up with a scrub brush and water, a little soap if they have greasy marks from the seed or peanuts, rinse well, let dry and paint away!

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Apr 10, 2019

    just use vinegar won't harm the birds at all or the bird feeders may need to get some small bottle brushes/toothbrush to clean tight spots/crevices. use nontoxic paint to repaint them; you do not need to repaint them weathering is as much a desired look as a fresh coat of will however prolong the life of the feeders in harsh weather.

  • DesertRose
    on Apr 13, 2019

    I would clean them with a non-toxic cleaner like Simple Green (available at home improvement stores or Walmart) and hose water. By all means feel free to paint the oriole feeders, but be sure it is compatible for animal use. How wonderful it is you are feeding the birds in your yard! It is good to meet a fellow bird lover, Vivian N Bill!

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