How to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbird feeder
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  • 01 of 09

    Detach Base

    Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
    Feeder Base Detached. Melissa Mayntz
    Carefully detach the birdfeeder base or top to permit access to the reservoir. If the nectar has crystallized and the base cannot be unscrewed, soak it in hot water for 10 minutes to loosen it.
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  • 02 of 09

    Drain Old Nectar

    Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
    Draining Nectar. Melissa Mayntz
    Drain the old nectar and check for any crystallized sugar or clogged feeding ports.
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  • 03 of 09

    Scrub Reservoir

    Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
    Scrubbing the Reservoir. Melissa Mayntz
    Scrub the reservoir thoroughly using a mild dish detergent solution or a mix of one part bleach and nine parts hot water. Both the inside and outside of the feeder should be thoroughly cleaned.
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  • 04 of 09

    Drain Feeding Ports

    Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
    Draining the Base. Melissa Mayntz
    Drain any remaining nectar from the feeding ports and base, checking for buildup, mold or clogs.
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  • 05 of 09

    Scrub Feeding Ports

    Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
    Scrubbing Feeding Ports. Melissa Mayntz
    Scrub ports thoroughly with a bottle brush or toothbrush. If possible, clean ports from both sides but take care that no bristles break off to clog the ports.
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  • 06 of 09

    Rinse Thoroughly

    Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
    Rinsing the Feeder. Melissa Mayntz
    Rinse the reservoir, base, and ports thoroughly with clear, clean water for at least ten seconds to remove all chemical residue.
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  • 07 of 09

    Dry Thoroughly

    Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
    Air Drying. Melissa Mayntz
    Allow the feeder to air dry thoroughly so nectar is not diluted when it is refilled.
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  • 08 of 09

    Refill the Feeder

    Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
    Refilling the Reservoir. Melissa Mayntz
    Refill feeder with fresh nectar and reattach the base. Drain a small amount of nectar from each port to remove air bubbles and ensure the ports are filled.
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  • 09 of 09

    Hang the Feeder

    Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
    Enjoy the Clean Feeder. Melissa Mayntz
    Hang the feeder in an area visible to hummingbirds and enjoy!