How to Clean Bird Droppings Off of Fabric

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How to Clean Bird Droppings Off of Fabric
Remove bird droppings from fabric carefully so they don't spread. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Bird droppings are disgusting, and what's even worse is having to clean them off fabric. Whether you find bird droppings on your outdoor furniture fabric or on your clothes, removing the mess properly is important so you don't spread it and make it worse. Although cleaning bird droppings from fabric is not a pleasant task, it can be done quickly with the right materials and methods.

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Things you need

  • Plastic spoon
  • Bucket
  • Enzyme washing powder
  • Laundry pretreatment spray
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • Bowl
  • 1 tbsp liquid dish soap
  • Rags

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  1. 1

    Scrape as much of the droppings from the clothing as you can using a plastic spoon, taking care not to spread them.

  2. 2

    Fill a bucket with warm water. Add a washing powder containing enzymes to the water. Refer to the label for specific instructions on the ratio of detergent to water.

  3. 3

    Put the clothing in the water. Let it soak for a few hours.

  4. 4

    Take the clothing out and spray a laundry pretreatment spray on the spot. Launder the clothing as usual.

  5. 5

    Apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the spot if the bird droppings are still there. Add a few drops of ammonia on top of the peroxide.

  6. 6

    Rinse the spot under cool, running water. Launder the clothing again as usual.


  1. 1

    Scrape as much of the bird droppings from the upholstery as possible using a plastic spoon, taking care not to spread them.

  2. 2

    Pour two cups of cool water into a bowl. Stir in one tbsp of liquid dish detergent.

  3. 3

    Dip a clean rag into the soapy water and dab it on the spot. Blot with a clean, dry rag to absorb the liquid.

  4. 4

    Alternate blotting with the rag soaked in soapy water and then the dry rag, until all the bird droppings are gone.

  5. 5

    Apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and then a few drops of ammonia if the droppings remain. Blot the area with a rag and cool water, and then blot with a dry cloth to dry the fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • Never mix bleach and ammonia or products containing these ingredients. The results can be toxic.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area and wear rubber gloves when using ammonia.
  • Wear rubber gloves when cleaning bird droppings to prevent the spread of disease and bacteria.
  • Test the hydrogen peroxide on a small area of the fabric first to check for colour changes. Hydrogen peroxide has bleaching properties that may discolour some fabrics.
  • Run your washer through a cycle with hot water and bleach to disinfect the machine after washing clothes that had bird droppings on them.

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