Cleaning a Concrete Birdbath

What do you use to clean a bird bath? This is a bare concrete, shallow bird bath with a 12 inch circle of rust colored, slimy gook on it.

Baking soda? Salt? Vinegar? I just want to make sure it will rinse all the way off and not have any danger of hurting the wild critters.

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By Jane

July 28, 20110 found this helpful

Elbow grease will be your best tool. Soak the red stuff a bit in plain water if the bath has dried, then use a good strong scrub brush to scrub it loose. (It is a form of algae.) Rinse well, and scrub again, if necessary. If you can empty and refill the bath daily, or even every other day, you can stay ahead of the algae; and the birds will appreciate the fresh water!

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July 29, 20110 found this helpful

I clean mine with clorox and a scrub brush and rinse it well with the hose.

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July 29, 20110 found this helpful

I put sand in the bird bath and use a scrub brush.

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August 1, 20110 found this helpful

I soak my birdbath in a 10% bleach solution for an hour or 2 then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse thoroughly. I also spray it to refill and clean it out whenever I have the hose out to water my plants. Sometimes a couple of copper pennies placed in the bottom will help to deter or slow the algae growth.

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