Thoroughly wash your hummingbird feeder before filling it with hummingbird food to minimize bacterial contamination. Use soap and warm water.
Rinse the feeder thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
Mix the sugar and water in a large bowl or large measuring cup until the sugar dissolves. Pour the mixture into the feeder.
This recipe fills a 32-ounce feeder. It can also be divided into portions for several smaller feeders.
Replace homemade hummingbird food regularly, at least once every 3-4 days.
Do not rinse your feeder in bleach water. Bleach is challenging to eliminate from a feeder and can potentially harm hummingbirds.
DO NOT add red food dye, honey, molasses, artificial sweeteners, chili oil, or chili powder to your feeder.