How to Clean Birdfeeders

Bird feeders require monthly cleaning. When they are not cleaned regularly they can become breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. Regular cleaning is essential to keep the birds healthy.


  1. 1
    Put on rubber gloves. Some people prefer to use long gloves so your arms don’t get wet. Just make sure they're waterproof and don’t have any holes.
  2. 2
    Fill a plastic tub or sink. Use 10 part warm water, 1 part bleach solution. Make sure the tub or sink that you’re using is big enough to fit your feeder and you don’t mind getting it dirty.
  3. 3
    If the feeder comes apart, break it down to parts for easier cleaning. Pay special attention to breakable parts.
  4. 4
    Place each part into the bleach solution. If a piece is very dirty you can let it soak for awhile to soften the debris. Scrub them down with a stiff scrubbing brush. You can use an old toothbrush for small part such as perches. Use an abrasive dish scrubber for stubborn dirt.
  5. 5
    Rinse it thoroughly with warm water and give it final rinse with boiling water. Make sure to not leave any residue.
  6. 6
    Dry it off with a towel. If it has any wooden parts let it air dry overnight.


  • Try using old toothbrushes or scrubbers to clean up any stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic tub or sink
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Abrasive dish scrubber
  • Towel

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Categories: Feeding Birds