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How to Clean Hummingbird Feeder

How to Clean Hummingbird Feeder

To ensure that a hummingbird feeder is safe for birds, it should be cleaned on a regular basis. Each time you fill the feeder, rinse it with hot water. If your feeders can tolerate it without deforming, you can clean them regularly by boiling them in a saucepan of water. Sugar residue is effectively removed with this method. If you can’t boil your feeder, light cleansers like white vinegar or peroxide will have to be used more frequently. If black mold is present, soak for longer periods of time with vinegar and peroxide until the residue is gone.

You can also use weak bleach, but make sure to clean the feeder thoroughly before refilling. Change the nectar on a regular basis and deep clean the cleaner once a month after it has been cleaned. The nectar will ferment if you don’t keep it fresh. The organs of the birds will be harmed in this manner. The liquid that has been fermented can still be transparent.

Remove all of the food from the feeder

Whenever it’s necessary to clean the feeder, take out any leftover hummingbird food and fill the empty bottle halfway with hot water.Because nectar spoils easily, especially in hot temperatures, you should never reuse it.

  • Remove the Feeder from the Machine

Remove as much of your feeder as possible to make cleaning easier. Many newer Perky-Pet® hummingbird feeders can be dismantled fully. The bee guards and feeding apertures can also be removed. This allows you to thoroughly clean all of the nooks and crannies.

  • Soak the Feeder for a little

Using hot water with dish soap inside a container or sink, mix together a mild cleaning solution for use around the house. Allow for 1-two h for all the feeder parts to soak inside the solution before using them. This will remove the nectar residue as well as any mold buildup on the feeder’s interior, making it easier to clean.

  • Scrub the Feeder

Scrub the hummingbird feeder using a cleaning mop or a bottlebrush. Clean the inside of the bottle and its base thoroughly, eliminating any lingering nectar residue and giving special attention to any moldy areas.

  • Remove the Feeder from the water supply

Once you’ve completed scrubbing, remove the cleaning solution from the container.To remove any suds or dirt from the feeder, rinse it with cold water. If the nectar tastes like soap, hummingbirds will not be pleased.

  • Make sure the feeder is completely dry

Allow your feeder to air dry thoroughly by placing it on a dish rack or a cloth. You can reassemble your feeder and refill it once they’re completely dry. Then relax and watch your hummers enjoy their new, healthy food source!

Hummingbird Feeders should be cleaned regularly

If you take it one step at a time, cleaning a hummingbird feeder is simple. It only requires a fast disassembly and a good scrubbing in warm soapy water to clean it.

Tools & Equipment

  • Brush bottle
  • Brush with short hairs
  • paper towels or a soft, clean cloth


  • soap for the kitchen
  • The nectar of the hummingbird


Feeder should be disassembled

Attempt to disassemble as much of the feeder as feasible by removing its base and extracting all of the accompanying components. To fully clean the feeder, remove any insect guards, perches, ant moats, and other removable elements.

Old Nectar should be drained out

Empty the reservoir of old nectar and throw it away. This phase can be completed outside if desired, but be careful not to spill nectar on pathways, patios, or decks, as it may leave a sticky stain that attracts insects and other pests.

Reservoir Cleaning

Use a mild dish soap solution to scrub the reservoir of the feeder thoroughly. The feeder should be properly cleaned on both the interior and outside. A bottle brush can be used to clean within the reservoir and remove any stuck-on residue or mold, while a soft cloth or sponge can be used to wipe the outside of the feeder to keep it looking new.

Feeding Ports Should Be Drained

Check for buildup, mold, or obstructions in the feeding ports and base. To examine the flow of fluids and make sure nothing is preventing the nectar, run clean water through the base. This will also aid in the removal of any sugar or debris that has built up in the feeding ports.

The Feeding Ports Should Be Scrubbed

With a small bristle brush or toothbrush, scrub the ports thoroughly. Clean the ports on both ends if at all feasible. Even if the ports appear to be clear and clean, this procedure is necessary to eliminate any mold or fungus particles that could infect a new feeder or batch of nectar rapidly.

Completely dry

Allow the feeder to completely dry before re-filling it with nectar to avoid dilution. A dish drying rack, a dry cloth, or a stack of paper towels can all be used to dry the feeder pieces.

Feeder Maintenance

  • Depending on the season, clean the feeder at the appropriate time

Feeders will require additional cleaning throughout the summer months. It may be essential to refill the liquid twice daily if the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The liquid may survive longer than a day in the 70s. Remember that liquid cloudiness isn’t a reliable indicator of when it’s time to replace it.

  • On a regular basis, replace the nectar

Keep a watchful eye on the nectar and dispose of it as needed. The duration nectar lasts is affected by several factors, including the air temp, how clean the feeders was before it was refreshed, how many valves are open to allow air to enter, and whether or not the feeder was exposed directly to sunlight.