how to clean bird feeders rspb

After scraping and brushing the feeding areas outside, rinse and wash with clean water, soap, or a little dishwashing liquid. When the weather turns wet in the winter, bring the feeders inside to give them a thorough cleaning with a brush in hot, soapy water, followed by a thorough rinse and drying. Dishwasher use is not recommended for bird feeders as it can break the feeder and cause clear plastic to turn “milky.” Furthermore, neither the dishwasher nor our personal kitchenware are hygienic.

Other tips for minimising the spread of disease is to only put out the amount of food that the birds will eat in a day, not extra that will get damp overnight, and try to keep bird feeders a good distance apart so that there is less chance of cross contamination between birds. Clear up old, uneaten bird food from feeders and the ground and keep the dishes regularly refreshed with clean water.

It’s the least enjoyable part of bird feeding but unfortunately, neglected food, wet conditions and bird droppings are the perfect environment for mould, mildew and bacteria to quickly develop. Our bird feeding stations designed to help our garden birds, can easily become a problem and encourage disease between them unless cleaned on a regular basis; at least once a fortnight.

Upon inspecting my various types of feeders scattered throughout the garden, I noticed that some of them had moldy nuts lodged in the bottom as a result of the recent rainy weather. Additionally, there was pigeon poop on the pole feeder’s tray—the birds are able to balance on the tiny tray and feed that way!

After I successfully disassembled everything, I soaked every component in a bucket of hot, soapy water for a full day, and I used an old dishwashing brush to get into all the nooks and crannies.


What is the best way to clean a bird feeder?

To clean your feeder, take it apart and use a dishwasher on a hot setting or hand wash either with soap and boiling water or with a dilute bleach solution (no more than 1 part bleach to 9 parts water). Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before refilling.

Is Dawn dish soap safe for bird feeders?

But any dish soap should work. Bleach: To properly sanitize your bird feeder, you’ll need to use a disinfectant such as bleach.

Does vinegar clean bird feeders?

Clean feeders using 4 parts hot water to 1 part vinegar or 9 part hot water to 1 part bleach using a special bottle brush to clean small holes. Visually inspect the entire feeder for black mold. Rinse all parts of the feeder with water for at least 3 times and allow it to air dry completely before refilling.

What is the recipe for cleaning bird feeders?

The National Wildlife Health Center recommends cleaning bird baths and feeders with a solution of nine parts water to one part bleach. (If there is visible debris, scrub it off before soaking in the bleach solution.) Dry out the feeder before hanging it back up.