Cleaning products are available for bird bath care on this page.
Cleaning bird baths can be quick and easy if you take the time to consider what a bird bath is made of before you purchase. They are made out of many different materials. So it is important question to ask before buying a bath: Will it be easy to clean?
Some materials that water baths are made of are hard to clean, such as concrete and some plastics. These materials are porous and absorb stains. It has been difficult to impossible, in the past to keep them clean.
It is easier to keep baths clean now because of the newer products available on the market. They clean better and can be added to the water to keep it fresher, longer. These products also prevent concrete and plastic baths from staining.
Many of the newer products for bird bath care are environmentally friendly, natural enzymes.
The enzymes will not harm wild birds when they drink the water and are actually good for the ecology.
Resin, glazed ceramic, glass and metal baths are relatively easy to clean because of their harder surface.
The material itself is either too dense to allow for anything to be absorbed or the finish as in the case of glazed ceramic prevents substances from penetrating into the material.
But cement and some resins may absorb stains and make it difficult to keep the water safe for birds to consume.
That is where natural enzyme cleaners are very helpful.
There are some options for keeping the water fresh and clean. But there is no choice involved whether to clean it, or not to clean it.
Like bird feeders, once a person decides to take up the activity, keeping things clean is a must!
The reasons are obvious and simple. Water baths are regularly contaminated with bird droppings, feathers, algae, dust and dirt blown in from around the yard.
Dirty bath water and bird feeders cause wild birds to contract disease, leading to sickness or even death.
As well bird baths left standing too long with stagnant water could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying West Nile disease and other sickness.
However this does not replace the need to clean the water bath regularly. Natural enzymes, wigglers, drippers and misters just put off the need for caring for your bird bath a little longer.
With some guidance on cleaning bird baths (and some elbow grease), you can make watching feathered friends in your backyard safe for wild birds and enjoyable for us!