Mistakes Everyone Makes When Cleaning Hummingbird Feeders

Cleaning Infrequently Since hummingbird feeders are loaded with sugar water, mold and germs thrive there. The feeder's crevices are perfect for mold growth. The feeder may be fine on the exterior but not within.  

Not Deconstructing the Feeder Are you cleaning your feeder with a fast rinse? Maybe you wipe down the saucer or bottle and check it off. With all our daily obligations, it's easy to speed clean, but that's the mistake.  

Misusing Cleaning Solution Use the right cleanser when you're ready to scrub the feeder after taking it apart. Many household solutions are unsafe for your feeding. Even simple things like dish soap might leave a bird-harming residue.  

Without Gloves Birds' cheery songs and gorgeous coloring provide joy to our gardens, but they can spread many diseases like all wild animals. Wear gloves when handling or cleaning your hummingbird feeder immediately.  

Using Bad Tools Using the correct tools for the job applies even to basic tasks like cleaning a hummingbird feeder. There are various sponges, brushes, and wipes, so how do you choose the ideal one for your birds?  

Essential Oils for Disinfection Essential oils are used for cleaning, disinfecting, pest control, aromatherapy, and more, but they can also be harmful. Keep essential oils away from your hummingbird feeder.  

Not Rinsing Enough Interestingly, rinsing is crucial to hummingbird feeder cleaning. Why? Cleaning residue can affect nectar flavor and deter birds from your feeder. Or worse, the residue could be eaten and sicken your feathered buddies.   

Hanging Feeders in Sunlight Sunshine enriches our gardens! It's amazing to see sunshine reflect off a Broad-billed Hummingbird's blue and green iridescence or a Calliope's fuchsia gorget. The feeder doesn't benefit from the sun's brilliant colors.