How to Keep Bird Bath Water Clean

Birdbath water gets dirty quickly, especially if you have many birds visiting your yard. Dirty birdbath can harbor diseases that can harm birds, and soiled water in birdbaths means you’ll have to clean the basin more frequently to keep it looking nice. There are several things you can do to keep the water cleaner longer.

Things You'll Need

  • White Vinegar
  • Garden hose
  • Birdbath water additives
  • Water agitator

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Clean the birdbath thoroughly before adding water. Rinse and scrub the basin well to remove all grime from the interior that could promote bacterial or fungal growth. One cleaning solution you can use, according to, is 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water. First, rinse out the birdbath with a garden hose, and then add the vinegar-and-water solution. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse it out.

Add a water agitator or aerator. This can be a fountain, a bubbler or anything else that keeps the water moving. Stagnant water promotes algae growth and invites mosquitoes. Movement in the water infuses it with more oxygen, keeping it cleaner.

Add a natural birdbath additive to the water. Look for these bird-safe additives at pet stores or garden stores.


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