How do you clean bamboo windchimes?

How do you clean bamboo windchimes?

When you switch2bamboo for any of your clothing, bedding or household items, it’s common to wonder if they need any extra care.

Being made of, or from, bamboo can have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to cleaning.

So, how do you clean bamboo windchimes?

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How do you clean bamboo windchimes?

Bamboo is a great material for making garden wind chimes. 

The relaxing sounds complimenting nature as you chill in your garden are a joy to hear.

As it’s grass and not wood this means that the structure of the material is very different and withstands water much better than wood does.

This means not only does it survive many seasons of being outside, but it’s natural look also doesn’t look out of place, even with the more modern of windchime designs.

Bamboo is also much stronger than wood meaning it can withstand the battering of the wind and weather for many seasons to come.

Deep cleaning

Despite the robust nature of bamboo, anything outdoors can be subject to having acidic bird waste deposited onto it, or the growth of mildew if conditions are right.

A deep clean once a year should suffice to maintain your windchime and keep them functional for years to come.

Dip (don’t soak) your windchimes straight into a bucket with one of the following cleaning solutions, give them a scrub with a brush and rinse with clean water.

Hang back up to naturally dry.

Add 50ml of white vinegar (a cup) with a litre (a quart) of warm water for a deeper, antibacterial clean.

Alternatively, mix one teaspoon of bleach with one litre (a quart) of water for a suitable disinfecting cleaning solution.

Restoration cleaning

Dampen a soft cloth with either lukewarm water on its own or a cleaning solution as mentioned above.

Have a bowl of normal table salt and dab your damp cloth into the bowl.

Use the cloth to really lift the grime taking advantage of the abrasive action of the salt.

Once clean, rinse in clean water and hang to dry naturally.

Can you put your bamboo wind chimes in a dishwasher?

No. Bamboo is incredibly moisture resistant but, just as with any bamboo items, you wouldn’t want to soak it for any length of time. 

How to care for your other bamboo items

The washing and drying of bamboo clothing and bedding, including baby items and towels, can be approached in similar ways.

Manufacturers should say whether their fabric is 100% bamboo viscose or rayon, or if it has a mix of fibres it should state this on the label and packaging.

Other bamboo fabrics, such as Lyocell and bamboo linen, have been mechanically ground, pulped with natural enzymes and spun, and are therefore more eco-friendly and a better choice when switching to bamboo.

Lyocell is a soft, semi-synthetic fabric which uses a closed-loop manufacturing process making it more eco-friendly than its distance cousin, Rayon.

It looks and feels soft and will be marketed as bamboo fabric, sometimes mixed with lycra or spandex in order to maintain its shape.

Bamboo linen has the feel of linen. A little rougher around the edges but this is due to the 100% natural, mechanical and chemical-free way it has been processed.


Bamboo fabric keeps the strength of the bamboo plant and is incredibly durable, outlasting cotton equivalents when cared for properly.

When washing your bamboo items they should be washed in a gentle detergent just as you would wool or other delicate items, on a gentle, cooler cycle of your washing machine.

Washing at a cool temperature or a cold wash helps to maintain the shape of the fabric and reduce possible shrinkage.



Using a drier on very low heat is okay, but using too high a heat can damage the bamboo fibres or shrink the fabric.


Drying your bamboo items indoors with artificial heat (radiators and air vents) is better but try not to leave them directly on the heat source.


Drying your socks outside is by far the best method. There’s no risk of over-drying which can damage the fibres, the moisture is carried away rather than collecting in your home and you get the added benefit of having that gorgeous outdoors aroma.

The best cleaning solutions for bamboo furniture, floors and household items.

  1. Household dish soap and lukewarm water make a perfectly suitable solution to wipe down floors, furniture and utensils. Just don’t leave it to soak in and never use the dishwasher for utensils, cutlery or bamboo straws.
  2. For a deeper clean, mix 50ml of white vinegar (a cup) with a litre (a quart) of warm water and use as above.
  3. Mix 1 teaspoon of bleach with 1 litre (a quart) of water for a suitable disinfecting cleaning solution for items such as cutting boards or bathroom flooring.

Using a soft-bristled brush in addition to the solutions listed above will not damage your bamboo items and may improve the result, especially on furniture which has been neglected for a while.

For truly ingrained dirt on bamboo furniture try dabbing some normal table salt onto your damp cleaning cloth (along with one of the solutions above) and use the extra abrasive quality of the salt to really lift the grime out.

Looking to switch2bamboo for windchimes?

KYHK Bamboo Wooden Wind Chime

Putting a modern spin on a classic bamboo windchime.

A mix of bamboo shell and metal plates gives you the option of four chords to listen to.

Bamboo and Coconut – Fair Trade Wind Chime

Ethical Roots wind chimes are Fairtrade and handcrafted by a number of family workshops/ cooperatives around the village of Tegalalang, in the shadow of the Kintimani volcano, on the island of Bali.

The total hanging height is approximately 40cm, and all our wind chimes are made using nylon twine for extended outdoor life.

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