The best bird dropping remover

Call it what you want, bird poo can spell disaster for your car's paintwork and should be removed.

Pigeon looking at the camera

by Ryan Gilmore |

"You know it's apparently lucky," has undoubtedly been said to you if you've had the misfortune to have a bird's droppings land on you, and talking from experience it doesn't feel very lucky. At best it lands on your clothes and you need to wash them when you get home. Worst case scenario is that it lands in your hair or on your skin and you need a scrub as thorough as someone who has recently visited Chernobyl.

The same can be said for your car. At best it lands on the windscreen and you can cut through it with some screenwash to avoid you looking at bird dung. If it lands on your paintwork, however then it's a race to get it off as soon as possible because nothing ruins a car's paintwork quicker than bird poo.

We've found a selection of the best bird dropping removers on the market, perfect for when you leave your car parked under a tree and a bird uses your bonnet for a number two.

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Poorboys Bird Dropping/Poo/Sh#t Remover

Best bird poo spray
Poorboys Bird Dropping/Poo/Sh#t Remover
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If wipes aren't what you're after, or you're needing to dislodge a particularly hardened secretion then your best bet is a spray like this one from Poorboys. Spray onto the waste and leave for a few minutes and it should dislodge it. Poorboys recommend using a microfibre cloth to collect the leavings, so remember to wash it thoroughly after use.

While this spray does require an extra product to wipe away the dropping, its ability to remove older, more embedded bird dirt makes it an excellent choice still. It's an ideal product for keeping in the garage for larger jobs.

Pros Cons
• Powerful on all types of poo • You need a microfibre cloth

Autoglym Bird Dropping Wipes

Best bird poo removal wipes
Autoglym Bird Dropping Wipes
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This pack of 10 wipes are the ideal way to remove bird droppings with ease. Simply place the wipe on top of a dropping, allow it to soften then just wipe away. Also remember these wipes are only good for fresh droppings, not hardened options. What we don't like is the wasteful nature of wipes.

This option clinches our top spot because the wipe contains everything you need and is so handy to have on the go. While it's no good for removing old poo, it's the most effective option for use on the go, where most aerial attacks occur. There's no need for extra products and it means you can remove the dropping before it's done any real damage.

Pros Cons
• Perfect for use on the go • Wipes aren’t the most eco-friendly option
• Good value for money • No good on hardened poo

Nushine Bird Dropping and Insect Strike Remover Spray

Eco-friendly option
Nushine Bird Dropping and Insect Strike Remover Spray
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If you're wanting to be more eco-minded then a water-based, solvent-free option is the best bet. Nushine has you covered with this eco-friendly product that works similar to the Poorboys spray but claims to act in 30 seconds.

Reviews are split between it working wonders or needing a good few sprays to lift the most stubborn of stools, but it does seem to work and won't harm the environment.

Pros Cons
• Designed for all types of poo • You need a microfibre cloth
• Eco-friendly formula

Caraselle Bird/Spider Poo Remover 500ml Recyclable Bottle

Perfect for more than just the car
Caraselle Bird/Spider Poo Remover 500ml Recyclable Bottle
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Apparently, spider poo is just as hard to remove as bird poo, leaving black spots that are a nightmare to lift. This poo remover targets both bird and spider poo and is an effective spray for removing those horrible marks.

The big plus point to this option is that it's non-toxic and doesn't leave a horrible smell. It also works on a wide range of surfaces, fabrics included. And while the brand may not be as well-known as others, the reviews do show that it's very effective.

Pros Cons
• Cleans spider poo too • You need a microfibre cloth
• Eco-friendly formula

Bird dropping removal FAQ:

How do I remove bird excrement from my car?

The key to removing bird faeces is to do it as quickly as possible. Fresh poo is easier to clean up and shouldn't cause any major paint issues. The longer it's there, the greater chance you'll be left with a permanent stain.

All bird dropping removers work differently so it's best to read the instructions before spraying or wiping away. What you should always do however is be careful with how much elbow grease you apply when removing the bird leavings, older defecations can scratch the paintwork if you're too rough in your removal.

Why is bird poo so damaging to paintwork?

A lot of science has been done to determine what actually causes bird droppings to damage your car's paint. For years, acidity was to blame but Autoglym has debunked this. Instead, evidence suggests that the damage is done by the paint lacquer contracting and moulding to the shape of the dropping.

How can I prevent my car from being covered in dirt poop?

It's a bit of a lottery as to whether your car will become a target for a bird's toilet habits but there are certain things you can do to prevent it as much as possible.

If you've ever been to a pub car park, there will inevitably be an abandoned car parked under a tree that appears to have been repainted by the birds. For this reason, try and avoid parking your car directly under trees, especially during summer.

Also, keeping your car in a garage or under a carport will stop birds from targeting your car as much as possible.

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