How to Clean a Birdbath

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Without regular cleaning birdbaths can get pretty gross, especially after the winter months. It's important to clean your bird bath and replace the water regularly to provide a clean environment for birds and prevent bugs. I'm going to show you what works best for me when it comes to cleaning my bird bath.

To clean your birdbath you will need a bucket, gloves, steel wool and vinegar.

Add water and vinegar to your bucket using the ratio 4:1. Four cups of water per one cup of vinegar. Once that is done you're ready to head outside.

You're going to start by removing all debris and dirty water.

If you use rocks in your bird bath remove them and put them into a separate bucket.

When all the debris and water are removed use the highest power setting on your hose to remove as much crud as you can. Them empty the water.

Now you're going soak your steel wool in the water and vinegar mixture and scrub your bird bath. It may take a little elbow grease! Make sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies the best you can.

When you've scrubbed as much as you can, rinse your bird bath.

Once your done rinsing give your bird bath one more scrub with the stool wool and vinegar mixture. If it still needs cleaning rinse and scrub again. Depending on how dirty your bird bath is, you may need to repeat this step a third time. Don't get discouraged!

When you are done scrubbing for the final time rinse your bird bath for at least five minutes. You want to be sure there is no more vinegar left behind.

When you are finished rinsing the bird bath you can add the rocks to the vinegar and water bucket. Use your steel wool to scrub the rocks clean.

When the rocks are clean move them back to to the other buck and rinse them for at least five minutes to get rid of any leftover residue and vinegar. An old strainer can also work well for the rinsing process.

When they are rinsed you can add them back to your bird bath and refill it with fresh, clean water.

This method of cleaning a birdbath is not only safe but also works quite well with a bit of elbow grease. I hope this is helpful for you and that you now have the knowledge you need to provide a safe and clean space for birds and other critters to enjoy.

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  • Linda Holland Brill Linda Holland Brill on Mar 03, 2021

    I use bleach, works faster and easier.

  • Cec Cec on Mar 08, 2021

    Wouldn't it be easier to cover the cleaned bird bath with a green garbage bag for the Fall/Winter, then start with a clean bird bath in Spring?

  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 24, 2021

    Why do you put the rocks in the birdbath


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  • Al Al on Mar 23, 2021

    Our bird bath is used by many species of birds here in the SE USA. The algae and dirt can become an eyesore and potential hazard for the birds. One sick bird can infect many. I use hose to blast out the majority of debris and then spray it with bleach mix cleaner to remove algae and disinfect. Sometimes it takes a couple applications, but it always comes out looking new. Let the sun completely dry the bowl area, then rinse again before filling with clean water.

  • Bev Bev on Mar 27, 2021

    I clean my birdbath at least once to twice a week. I want my birds to have fresh clean water.