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How to Clean Your Hummingbird Feeder

Gather Your SuppliesYou'll need hot water, mild dish soap, a bottle brush, and white vinegar. These simple items will ensure a thorough clean, removing any mold or residue that can harm the hummingbirds.

Disassemble the FeederTake apart your feeder carefully, separating the base, bottle, and any other detachable parts. This makes it easier to reach all areas and ensures every part gets cleaned properly.

Rinse ThoroughlyRinse each part under hot running water to remove any loose debris and leftover nectar. This first step helps to wash away surface dirt and makes the deep cleaning process more effective.

Soak in Soapy WaterFill a basin with hot water and add a few drops of mild dish soap. Soak all parts of the feeder for about 10-15 minutes to loosen any stuck-on grime and make scrubbing easier.

Scrub All PartsUse a bottle brush to scrub the inside of the bottle and smaller brushes or old toothbrushes for the base and feeding ports. Pay special attention to nooks and crannies where mold can hide.

Vinegar RinseAfter scrubbing, rinse all parts in a solution of one part white vinegar to four parts water. This helps kill any remaining bacteria and mold, ensuring a safer environment for the hummingbirds.

Dry CompletelyLet all parts air dry completely before reassembling the feeder. Moisture can encourage mold growth, so ensure each part is thoroughly dry to maintain a clean and healthy feeder.

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