If you ever wondered the best way to maintain your birdbath, here are some tips from Emily Bishton, a local landscape designer and environmental educator :
Cleaning your birdbath
Plain water is usually sufficient, but if there is a lot of algae buildup or it feels slimy to the touch, then continue with the following:
Soak a large rag in a 50/50 water/white vinegar mix
- Lay the rag so it is in contact with as much of the birdbath surface as possible, and let sit for 1-2 minutes,
- Wring out the rag into the birdbath and then scrub the birdbath with the water/vinegar solution, then soak up the solution with the rag again
- Rinse and scrub the birdbath one more time with plain water, and rinse off all surrounding plants with plain water too
Vinegar can harm plants by making the soil too acidic for their roots, so this method puts as little of it as possible on them.
If there has been a lot of fecal matter around the edge of the rim or you feel that more is needed, then soak a rag in a 10:1 solution of water:bleach and follow the same process, but be super careful about getting any of the bleach solution on surrounding plants, even for a few minutes.