How to Clean a Bird Bath

Updated: Mar. 19, 2019

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Dirty bird baths can become unpleasant for both birds and humans. Here's how to get rid of the slimy gunk and clean up your birds' bathing and watering hole.

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How to Clean a Bird Bath Quickly

Scrub thoroughly

Scrub the surface of the bath with a steel or plastic brush until the stains disappear.

Stubborn stains in a bird bath are usually caused by chemicals in rain, tap water or well water as well as organic debris. Fill the basin with a quart of water, add 1/2 cup of household bleach, then scrub the basin with a wire brush until any gunk or discoloration disappears. (Use a soft scrub brush rather than a wire brush on shiny ceramic surfaces.) Take care that you don’t splash bleach on surrounding vegetation. Rinse well to ensure the bird bath remains chemical-free. Check out these clever cleaning tips too!

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Required Tools for this How to Clean a Bird Bath Project

You’ll need a wire or plastic brush, rubber gloves and a hose.

Required Materials for this How to Clean a Bird Bath Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • Household bleach