How to clean a bird bath in twelve photos
Keeping a birdbath sparkling clean is easy and it’s worth a bit of effort to keep your wild birds happy and healthy. Algae may be a natural thing, but it’s not attractive when your bird bath is within sight of your windows like you want it. It takes about 20 minutes or so to clean this one and 15 minutes of it is waiting!
This cement birdbath has several turquoise insulators in it, the kind that used to insulate telephone wires from the wooden poles. It’s surrounded by shrubbery and is within sight of my living room windows where I can watch the birds in all seasons. The birds come to bathe here as well as to drink and I want my birdbath to be a sparkling jewel in my garden. Every few weeks, here’s what I do:
Diluted bleach kills the algae and salmonella and many more germs quickly,…you can see how fast and effective it is. The time is 10-15 minutes for it to work!
The water and bleach mixture doesn’t affect the surrounding plants when diluted with more water from the hose. The effectiveness of the bleach action dissipates quickly after a few minutes.