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Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder

The hummingbirds have gone south so I took my feeders down, gave them a good cleaning and put them away until next spring. Although I have a feeder that is smaller and easy to clean, the birds seem to like this old bottle feeder the best. I have had it for several years. It took me a long time to figure out an easy way to clean this bottle.

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To clean inside, I used a rod, small paper towel and a tooth brush. I folded the paper towel and put it inside the bottle, then put hot soapy water in the bottle. Using the rod, I was able to move the paper towel around the bottom and sides of the bottle. Then using the tooth brush I moved the paper towel around the curved neck. Using tweezers, I pulled the paper towel out of the bottle.

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October 16, 20140 found this helpful

I leave my hummingbird feeders out all year. We always have little hummers coming for a drink. Sometime they are frozen, but I just bring them in until they are thawed out and hang right back out. I never use soap when I clean them as that can make the little ones sick. Just hot water and q-tips

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October 8, 20170 found this helpful

I use a regular bottle brush to clean the container. I just crammed it up there, twisted it a few times, and Voila!, a clean container. I use a toothbrush for the base and a clean eyelash brush for the holes.
I clean using vinegar and water, saving the soapy soak for the end of season.
This feeder has been mine and my birds feeder of choice for 15 years.

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