How to Clean a Birdbath

Make life simpler by choosing a birdbath made of a lightweight material or one with a removable basin or a drain hole. And, remember, the more often you clean a birdbath, the easier cleaning it will be.
Things You'll Need

    Birdbath Misters/drippers
    Fountains
    Garden Hoses And Attachments
    Liquid Bleach
    Scrub Brushes
    Water Sources
    Latex Gloves
    Buckets
 Step One
Empty dirty water out of the birdbath by tipping it to the side.
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Step Two
Rinse with a hard spray of water from the hose, or open the drain on the bottom of the birdbath.
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Step Three
Add a small amount of water and scrub the birdbath thoroughly with a stiff brush.
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Step Four
Make a solution containing bleach (3/4 c. bleach to 1 gal. water) to remove algae that will not come off with scrubbing.
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Step Five
Pour the bleach solution into the birdbath and scrub again.
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Step Six
Remove the birdbath from the yard or cover it with a piece of wood or plastic and allow the bleach solution to sit for about 15 minutes.
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Step Seven
Rinse thoroughly.
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Step Eight
Fill with fresh water.
Tips & Warnings

    Position your birdbath slightly away from thick foliage, from which hiding predators can pounce on wet birds.
    Running water near a birdbath - or a dripper, small fountain or mister - will attract more birds.
    Never put algae-reducing chemicals in a birdbath.
    If you use any solution containing bleach or other chemicals, make sure the birds do not come in contact with it, and avoid getting the solution on your skin or clothes.


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