Cleaning Hummingbird Feeders

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Cleaning Hummingbird feeder bottles
by Sandy McGinnis · All Zones · Birds · 4 Comments · June 07, 2011 · 4,376 views


A Simple Way To Clean Your Hummingbird Feeder


If you enjoy feeding Hummingbirds but struggle with finding bottle brushes small enough and flexible enough for cleaning the bottles that hold the enticing nectar that drives those hummers crazy, try this.

Before adding warm soapy water into the bottle, add about ½ inch or more of Rock Salt to the bottle. Yes, some grains are a little large too but you’ll manage to get enough of it in there. Then add your warm soapy water to fill the bottle one-quarter full. Shake vigorously and repeat as needed until all that black moldy looking substance is gone. Rinse well, refill with nectar and enjoy watching those hummers thrive!


Joyce Joyner

Joyce Joyner · Gardenality Sprout · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
How often do you need to do this? Everytime you change the nectar?

7 years ago ·
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Sandy McGinnis

Sandy McGinnis · Gardenality Bloom · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
You can just to be safe. Those little hummers are pretty sensitive to bacteria.

7 years ago ·
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Jeanne Morrison

Jeanne Morrison · Gardenality Stem · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I've never used rock salt, but do scrub them out and rinse very well .. do have more birds this year and their just so much fun to watch..I make my own nectar

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Tracee Wargo

Tracee Wargo · Gardenality Sprout · Zone 5B · -15° to -10° F
Great article! I have been using baby bottle brushes to clean mine out - but will try this asap! Thanks

6 years ago ·
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