Buff up your birdbath

In addition to periods of drought, birds particularly benefit from a well-maintained and freshly-filled birdbath during cold spells. They stay warmer in cold weather when their feathers are clean, and your birdbath may be their only nearby source of unfrozen drinking water.

To clean birdbaths and feeders, you need only two simple products: baking soda and lemon.

Rinse and wipe them down using a cloth, then sprinkle with baking soda and let sit a few minutes.

Using half a lemon, scrub like crazy to remove ground-in grime. After a final rinse, leave them to dry in the sun.

This is a safe way of cleaning that ensures no harsh cleaners are left behind.