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Aluminum Foil for Birdbaths

By Aguane
November 17, 2011

You can save your metal foil, wad it up, and use it to clean up your birdbath as needed.

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valleylynn
Nov 16, 2011 6:32 PM CST
Susie this tip really turned on the light bulb for me. What a great idea. I will definitely use this tip.
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Nov 16, 2011 6:33 PM CST
I agree What a cool idea!
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plantladylin
Nov 16, 2011 8:02 PM CST
I've got to try this one! My birdbaths are in desperate need of cleaning!
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Aguane
Nov 16, 2011 8:17 PM CST
Ha!
I thought of it when I heard you could recycle metal foils in the recycle bin collections. It does work really, really well.

Anther thing to think about (and try) is putting fresh lavender cuttings in the water. Supposed to prevent the algae... I don't know what the birdies think about that.
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Sheila_FW
Nov 17, 2011 12:21 AM CST
I heard copper pennies keep it down. Shrug! Maybe that is why public fountains always want people to toss in coins? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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goldfinch4
Nov 17, 2011 1:49 AM CST
Great tip Susie! I'll be sure to pass this one on too as this seems to be an issue to everybody who has bird baths.
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bsavage
Nov 17, 2011 2:57 AM CST
Great tip, Susie! I did not know this!
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 17, 2011 6:24 AM CST
Susie, I read the thing about the lavender but the thing I read said to put 6 flower stalks of lavender tied together with a daylily leaf in the birdbath. I've always wondered if that works but lavender didn't grow down south so i could never test the theory.
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Gymgirl
Nov 17, 2011 11:42 AM CST
So, you just put that wad of foil in your birdbath? How does it clean?
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KyWoods
Nov 17, 2011 2:21 PM CST
Hmm, maybe scrubbing with that would work better than that old smooshed up toilet brush I've been using... Rolling on the floor laughing
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Aguane
Nov 17, 2011 3:16 PM CST
Linda,
You do need scrub, obviously! Depends how dirty it is. But, it does make a good scrubber.
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quietyard
Nov 17, 2011 3:58 PM CST
I need to try this. Thanks ! Thumbs up
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Aguane
Jun 25, 2012 10:47 PM CST
Thought it might be fun to hear from folks who actually took advantage of various tips found here. I had a couple wads of foil today and decided to clean my birdbath of some algae. Works like a CHARM.
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Jul 7, 2012 10:55 AM CST
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lovemyhouse
Jul 7, 2012 10:58 AM CST
...and the foil can still be recycled once finished as a scrubber. Big Grin
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Aguane
Jul 7, 2012 9:12 PM CST
Absolutely, Debra!
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