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What to Do With a Dirty Bird Bath?
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Got a dirty bird bath? Clean it without scrubbing!

Melissa Mayntz

A dirty bird bath is a hazard in a bird-friendly backyard. Not only is stagnant, contaminated water uninteresting to the birds, but it can also carry diseases that can spread to an entire backyard flock. Mosquitoes can also breed in stagnant, unclean water, making a dirty bird bath a hazard even for humans.

What Contaminates Bird Baths

Even a meticulous backyard birder may have a dirty bird bath, because small pools of water can become contaminated quickly. A variety of contaminants may be in your bird bath water, including:

  • Feces
  • Seeds or seed hulls
  • Grass clippings, leaves or other debris
  • Dust and dirt
  • Algae
  • Feathers

The smaller the bird bath and the larger the backyard flock, the faster the water will become contaminated and the more frequently the bath will need to be cleaned.

Cleaning Your Bird Bath Without Scrubbing

Fortunately, it can be simple to clean a bird bath without scrubbing if you follow the proper steps. This technique will take 20-30 minutes total, though for much of the time you'll be able to attend to other tasks as the bird bath cleans itself. While the basic technique is suitable for bird baths of any material, it is most effective on concrete bird baths. If your bath is unique and delicate, take precautions to protect it before trying this technique.

Materials you'll need…
  • Hose with pressure jet setting
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Black plastic trash bag
  • A very dirty bird bath!
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