Monday, February 25, 2013

How To Clean A Plastic Tube Bird Feeder

Squirrel Buster Tube Feeder
Q. I have a plastic tube bird feeder that needs to be cleaned. Got any tips?

A. Besides looking dirty, tube feeders can develop bacteria and mold that will infect the seed. That can't be good for the birds.

Wear latex gloves to protect your hands from germs and cleaning liquid. Disassemble your feeder following the manufacturer's instructions. Shake out any loose seed.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket with 10 quarts of water and 1 quart of bleach. Submerge the feeder and scrub it inside and out with a stiff bottle brush. A small toothbrush can be used to scrub tight areas.

Every part of the feeder should be cleaned and disinfected. Rinse each part thoroughly after cleaning, then dry them separately with a clean, soft cloth. Set them aside to completely air dry before reassembling.

That should do it. Your feeder will last longer, look better, and your birds will be healthier.

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