cleanig feeders

luvofrosesApril 7, 2012

It has been a long while since I have posted. Today I saw our first hummer for the season,and I was wondering what was the best way to clean the feeders after the winter break. I have in the past just washed them with very hot water but I am sure there is a better way.

Thanks for your help

Ann in So. Ut

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I always wash mine with undiluted white vinegar. I do that every time I refill them, not just after the winter, though.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 2:45PM
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I use vinegar, also. It rinses clean very quickly, and doesn't leave a residual smell like chlorine bleach or soaps.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 3:00PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

I use hot water with just a few drops of dish soap, use a brush for the feeding ports - every time I refill them all year around. I rinse copiously each time.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 4:18PM
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I use a 2% bleach soak at the end of season and anytime theres a hint of mold. Then rinse them very well with cold water. If there is a bleach residue smell the hummers havent complained nor have their numbers dwindled.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 8:40PM
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Thank you so much for the correct ways to clean. I cleaned mine, all have been filled and put back up for the season. It wasn't too long that we were rewarded with two little new ones for their first drink at our porch.
Ann in So Ut

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 2:12AM
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I will add that on regular routine cleaning its hot water with a little dish soap , sponge scrubber, port brush for feeder holes and a good cold rinse.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 9:02AM
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I use dish soap and hot water for my feeders and use the craft wire to clean the ports or any tubing if I use a tube feeder.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 1:54AM
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