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How to Clean the Nasty Gunk out of Hummingbird Feeders

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How long has it been since you cleaned out your hummingbird feeder?

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Does your nasty feeder have hummingbirds looking at it cockeyed with contempt? Time to clean it out!

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Let’s start by twisting off the bottom and cleaning the ports. Remember in elementary school when you saw the classic vinegar+ baking soda= volcano experiment?

Sprinkle some baking soda in the ports and then some vinegar (I used white, but apple cider vinegar would work fine too). Yuck! Look at all the gunk!

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Swish some hot water in there too.

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Use an old toothbrush (NOT your husband’s current one!) to scrub off stubborn gunk.

Now for the inside of the feeder.

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Get some uncooked rice. Yes, you read that right, rice. I have also read of people using gravel, but really, just something hard to agitate against the sides will work.

Add the rice and a bit of hot water and shake, shake, shake! This trick works great for the hard to reach spots.

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Ewww! Yuck! So gross.

If some nastiness is still in there, you can try to reach it with that old toothbrush.

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Rinse thoroughly, then fill with some homemade hummingbird nectar.

Now the hummingbirds can drink out of a clean feeder and I’m not grossed out by looking at it!

How long has it been since you last cleaned out your hummingbird feeders? How do you clean yours?