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How to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder

How to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder

Proper Hummingbird Feeder Maintenance

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder – Reduce the chance of passing on harmful bacteria through growth of seen, or unseen bacteria that is harmful to birds.

Why Clean Your Feeders at Least Once a Month?

Cleaning a hummingbird feeder is extremely important!  I clean my feeder extremely well, at least once a week. 
I also make up a batch of food to store in my fridge.  This way, I can keep refilling the feeder as needed.

When To Change Your Sugar Water

Sugar water should be changed according to the outside temperatures.  The warmer it is, the more often it will need to be changed to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. In 85 degree plus weather it seems I have to change mine every two to three days.  If it gets a cloudy appearance, you know to change it out right away.


It helps to keep the feeder out of direct sunlight, in the shade you can expect the water to last a little longer.

That should give you a better idea of how to clean a hummingbird feeder and when to change the water as well.  Here is to a great year watching our featured friends!


During the warm weather, it reduces the chance of passing on harmful bacteria through the growth process of stale water.  Remember, the bacteria growing can be seen, or unseen and harmful to our birds.

When To Clean Your Hummingbird Feeder

Besides a good weekly cleaning AT LEAST once a month, before I refill my hummingbird feeder I thoroughly clean my feeder.

Concerned With Using Bleach? Try:
• Apple Cider Vinegar
• White Vinegar

This is a separate duty from dumping out and rinsing the feeder every three days.

How To Clean Your Hummingbird Feeder


1.) Fill sink with one gallon of water and add 1/4 cup of bleach to the water.

At the end of the season I use bleach.  During the season I use apple cider vinegar. 

2.) Take apart feeder and soak all the parts in the bleach water solution for an hour.

3.) Use a cleaning brush kit to get inside all the holes to remove the black mold that has started to settle into the feeder.

4.) Thoroughly rinse bleach solution off all pieces.

5.) Let pieces air dry on a cotton towel.

6.) Refill feeder with sugar solution (Recipe Here)

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder

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