How to Clean an Outdoor Bird Feeder

We love to enjoy our feathered friends and watch as they enjoy the treats that we leave for them in their bird feeder. Although it is a simple task to continue to refill the bird feeder every few days or so, cleaning out the bird feeder isn't always at the top of most people's to-do list. By using some all-natural household cleaners, you can easily keep your bird feeder clean and bug free to prevent illness and odor in and around the bird feeding area.

How to Clean an Outdoor Bird Feeder.

Bird feeder.
  1. Take down the bird feeder from the outdoor area and empty out all of the contents from the inside of the bird feeder.
  2. Lightly rinse the bird feeder in a sink of warm water.
  3. While the bird feeder is still wet, sprinkle with baking soda and scrub the entire surface area with the sponge and rinse well.
  4. Mix two parts of water to one part of vinegar and empty into a spray bottle.
  5. Use the spray bottle to generously spray the bird feeder down until the surface area is covered.
  6. Allow the vinegar and water solution to sit on the bird feeder for fifteen minutes, then wipe dry with a soft washcloth.
  7. Wipe dry with a soft washcloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Bird feeder.
  • Vinegar.
  • Baking Soda.
  • Sponge.
  • Spray bottle of vinegar and water.
  • Sink of warm water.


  • Regular household vinegar works best when used for cleaning.
  • Vinegar acts as an all natural cleaning agent and as a deodorizer.
  • Use a non abrasive sponge so that you do not scratch the surface of the bird feeder.
  • Reuse your spray bottle for other uses, but make sure it is free of other chemicals.
  • Vinegar and baking soda are considered safe and all natural and will not harm the birds digestive systems.


  • If you are cleaning a wooden bird feeder, avoid submersing in water, use a few sprays of vinegar instead of baking soda and then dry the feeder with a damp washcloth.

About the Author

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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