Fact: Cleaning bird feeders is a pain in the tail-feathers.
NOBODY enjoys cleaning up after their birds any more than they enjoy cleaning up after their dogs. I’m guessing that you have more pressing (and less disgusting) things to do with your time than clean up bird droppings. If you’re nodding your head “yes” right now, great!
Now let me ask you this: when you’re wearing your elbow-high haz-mat gloves, scrubbing a filth-covered bird feeder, how many times have you thought to yourself, “Gee, if only I could put this poop-covered bird feeder in my kitchen dishwasher…”? I am going to guess that that has not been your knee-jerk solution to the bird feeder-cleaning problem.
Still, in their attempt to make your bird feeding routine incrementally “easier”, there are some bird feeder manufacturers out there who will proudly tout that their feeders are “dishwasher-safe”. OH, GOODIE! Now I get to use the same appliance to clean the utensils my family eats off of as the one used to heat up, wet, and slosh around bird crap! Problem solved!!! (Not.)
Who thinks of this stuff?!? Do yourself, and your family’s appetites a favor, use the dishwasher for washing dishes, and buy one-use, recyclable Mr. Canary® bird feeders. It’s much less work, and far less disgusting.
Updated: Or, if even the idea of some work is too much work, get yourself a Mr. Canary ‘Bird & Breakfast’ feeder on Amazon, and stop cleaning. Period.