6 Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Your Hummingbird Feeders

Not Cleaning Frequently Enough Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned at least once a week, and more often in hot weather, to prevent mold and bacterial growth.

Using Harsh Chemical Avoid using strong chemicals like bleach or dish soaps with strong fragrances. These can leave residues that are harmful to hummingbirds.

Not Rinsing Thoroughly Even if you use mild cleaning solutions, it's crucial to rinse the feeder thoroughly with clean water. Any leftover soap or vinegar can be detrimental to the hummingbirds.

Neglecting to Clean All Part Hummingbird feeders often have several parts, including small crevices where mold and bacteria can hide. Ensure you disassemble the feeder and clean all components, including the feeding ports and perches.

Using Hot Water on Plastic Feeder Using hot water can warp or damage plastic feeders. Instead, use warm water to clean plastic parts to maintain their shape and functionality. If the feeder parts are glass or metal, hot water is generally safe to use.

Not Inspecting for Damage Regularly check your feeder for cracks, rust, or other damage that can harbor bacteria or leak nectar. Damaged feeders should be repaired or replaced to maintain a safe environment for the hummingbirds.