How to make wood fence cleaner

Updated February 21, 2017

A wooden fence provides an attractive way to maintain the privacy of your home and lawn. The wood can be painted, stained or left in its natural condition. All of these choices are easy to clean and maintain. Many retail fence cleaning products are available at home improvement stores, however, a homemade cleaner for your wood fence will be just as effective and much less costly than retail products.

Pour 2 gallons of water into a bucket, along with 1 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of mild soap such as dish soap. The vinegar will kill mould and mildew growth, while the soap will wash away dirt and build-up. These ingredients are safe for natural, painted or stained woods.

Hose off the fence before the cleaning application to remove loose build-up.

Dip a sponge into the cleaning solution and wipe over the fence panels, working from top to bottom. Rinse again after cleaning every three-foot-wide section of fencing.

Dip a scrub brush into the cleaning solution and scrub across any areas with heavy residue. Again, rinse after cleaning.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Hose
  • Soft brush
  • Bucket
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