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How to Keep Birdbaths Clean September 6, 2011

I love keeping water out for my birds for bathing and drinking. But boy can these receptacles get slimy! Ewww.

bird bath | paulasgardenpatch.com | paula bonelliI’ve found  a way to slow algae growth – put a couple of pennies in your clean birdbath or water dish. This has saved me so much time since the water stays cleaner for weeks instead of days. Give it a try!

Need a quick clean up method too? Empty your water receptacle out, sprinkle baking soda in it and let it soak a few minutes. Then use a stiff scrub brush or tin foil to scrub it clean. There – I saved you lots of time. So go ahead and put out some more water for your birds.  🙂

bird bath | paulasgardenpatch.com | paula bonelliDo you have a trick that works for you?
Share it with me and my readers by commenting below (click “comments” in bottom right corner).

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3 Responses to “How to Keep Birdbaths Clean”

  1. […] can already start to feed garden birds: remember to keep the birdbath clean, too! Some tips: http://bit.ly/rc9kzOTwitterFacebook […]

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  3. […] I’ve also been sure to fill my water dishes for the birds. It’s amazing how quickly they can dry up when we have high heat and/or wind. You don’t have to have anything fancy. In fact, I don’t have one “official” birdbath in my garden. They all consist of clay pot saucers or shallow enamel trays and dishes.  Read this previous post for how to keep your birdbath clean longer. […]


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