Homemade Cleaner for Wood Decks

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Homemade Cleaner for Wood Decks
Create your own homemade deck cleaner. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Wood decks need to be cleaned from time to time. Power washers are sometimes used for this purpose, but they can damage the top layer of wood. A homemade cleaner is much more affordable than buying a special deck cleaner, and it will do just as good a job without harming the wood.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Oxygen bleach
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • TSP (trisodium phosphate)
  • Plastic gloves
  • Brush
  • Hose

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 gallon of oxygen bleach in a 5-gallon bucket.

  2. 2

    Add 4 gallons of water and 1 tbsp. TSP to the bucket. Mix thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Put on a pair of plastic cleaning gloves and dip a soft-bristle brush in your homemade wood deck cleaner. Scrub your deck.

  4. 4

    Wait 10 minutes for the homemade cleaner to do its job. Rinse with water from your garden hose.

Tips and warnings

  • You can mop the solution onto your deck if it isn't dirty enough to need a scrub.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach on your wood deck. It will alter the colour of your deck.

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