Do you want to make a homemade deck cleaner using natural ingredients found around the home? Coming up with a deck cleaner recipe is one simple and easy thing which offers you several benefits. They include ecological and economic advantages, which you can’t get if you choose products found in the grocery store. However, I’d be remiss to not also share some words of caution for those trying out any of these DIY deck cleaner recipes.
Crucial tips to know before making your own homemade deck cleaner
As I mentioned earlier, the DIY deck cleaner idea sounds very appealing, eco-friendly, and cost effective. However, here are just a few really crucial tips to consider before you DIY.
- Wear gloves while mixing any solutions to protect your skin and hands.
- Never mix ammonia- and bleach-based cleaners. Many recipes include oxalic acid, which is ammonia based
- Allow any bleach-based cleaning solutions to dry thoroughly before applying the treatments – this helps to avoid even accidentally mixing ammonia and bleach.
- If you use any bottled chemicals, check any warning to avoid adversely mixing other ingredients in your recipe. That’s because it could result in a dangerous chemical reaction.
- Make sure you keep the homemade deck cleaner solution outside or in a room that’s well ventilated.
- Store the deck cleaner away from children.
The Best Homemade Deck Cleaner Recipe
There are several different recipes you’ll find out there, but here’s one my team has found to be the best one based on ease to make and effectiveness to clean your deck thoroughly.
What You’ll Need
Keep in mind that this recipe can be harsh if you want to carry out regular cleaning. However, it’s the best option if you want to clean your deck once or twice a year.
- Liquid dish detergent
- Powdered oxygen bleach
- Add two cups of the powdered oxygen bleach to two gallons of water.
- Pour the dish detergent (1/4 cup) and then mix well until froth appears.
- Use a large brush or broom and cover the entire area of the deck.
- Where dirt is stubborn, make sure you scrub grime and then rinse off.
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If you’ve tried this homemade deck cleaner recipe or any others you’d recommend, share those in the comments below!