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How to Clean and Maintain a Birdbath in Your Yard

By: Danny Lipford

A birdbath makes a great addition to your landscape, but the debris and algae they collect are far less than attractive. Here’s a tip for getting the bath clean and keeping it clean.

  • Remove the leaves, debris and stagnant water.
  • Spray out as much gunk as possible with a garden hose.
  • Mix up a mild bleach solution and use a stiff scrub brush to clean the bath (this will kill the algae and remove the stains it leaves behind).
  • Thoroughly rinse the bath out with clean, fresh water.
  • Finally drop several copper pennies into the refilled bath to prevent future algae growth (the chemical reaction between copper and water stops algae growth).


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  • Evelyn Fletcher Says:
    July 11th, 2017 at 7:49 am

    When using bleach/water to clean the birdbath, will the solution kill the plants around the birdbath?



  • Mary Says:
    March 5th, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    How do I keep hummingbird feeders from becoming stagnant. How often do they need to be changed.



  • Stephen Says:
    March 31st, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I don’t know if the pennies work but as I’ve posted elsewhere, only pennies made before 1982 are 95% copper. Newer ones are 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper. Use a piece of copper pipe instead.


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How to Clean and Maintain a Birdbath in Your Yard