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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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How to Clean and Maintain a Birdbath in Your Yard