Monday, November 29, 2010

For the birds

Back in the summer, I clipped a "Heloise" column on how to clean a bird bath. Then I promptly forgot about it. The truth is, I stacked more paperwork on top of the clipping, and it got buried. So I was going through my stack just now and found the column.

Here's her advice (July 3, 2010, San Antonio Express-News):

"Add a drop or two of dishwashing liquid and scrub the bath with a stiff brush. Rinse thoroughly. If there is a buildup of algae, add chlorine bleach (in a ratio of 9 parts water to 1 part bleach) to the water and let soak for about 20 minutes. (Any longer will not do any better.) To ensure that no birds drop by for a swim, cover the bath during the bleaching process. After soaking, scrub the bath again with the stiff brush, carefully dump out the water and let the bath air-dry. Then fill with cold, fresh water."

Thanks, Heloise!!


Diana Studer said...

I see you are posting again. Your blog went quiet for a while and I have missed you.

Is the algae in the birdbath a problem for the birds? Do I need to bleach clean for the bird's sake? I hate to put more chemicals out into nature!

Stone Art's Blog said...

Im sure the birds will love you for it. The title of your post reminds me of a beautiful piece of music by a band over here in Ireland called The Frames. They had an album called 'for the birds'

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