The Best Inexpensive Non Toxic DIY Deck Cleaner

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The Best Inexpensive Non Toxic DIY Deck Cleaner Ever
The Best Inexpensive Non Toxic DIY Deck Cleaner Ever

It’s the beginning of summer…time to start inviting some friends over to hang out on the deck!  The only problem?  The deck is covered in dirt and algae (and this winter was particularly cool and damp around here…perfect algae growing conditions!)

The Deck "Before" | The Best (Inexpensive and Eco-Friendly) DIY Deck Cleaner Ever!
The Deck “Before”

It definitely needs to be cleaned!

Deck with plants | The Best (Inexpensive and Eco-Friendly) DIY Deck Cleaner Ever!
Deck with plants

Over the years, I have tried lots of different store-bought cleaning products.  Some work better than others, but almost all of them are really hard on the plants around my deck (and as you can see, I have a lot of plants around my deck!)…not to mention toxic for my pets and the stream flowing behind my house.

I’m also not a big fan of using pressure washers on the deck…if you don’t get the spray strength adjusted to the right level, it will take the surface off the deck boards…which makes the deck rough (and seems to make the grime come back even faster).

The Deck "After" | The Best (Inexpensive and Eco-Friendly) DIY Deck Cleaner Ever!
The Deck “Before”

I finally stumbled across a homemade deck cleaner that is safe for plants, animals and kids, doesn’t cost very much, and actually works really well!  Oxi-Clean (otherwise known as oxygen bleach)!

Oxygen bleach uses oxygen ions to break apart the dirt which means no harmful chemicals are involved at all…and it’s inexpensive.  I have a fairly large deck, and it takes about 2 cups of Oxi-Clean to do the whole thing.

Read on to see how to make your own inexpensive and non toxic DIY deck cleaner (and how to apply it).

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9 Responses

  1. Christina in FL

    Absolutely brilliant! I was on the right track with peroxide but this is SO much better. Thanks so much for all the tips!!

    • Wanda

      Thanks, Christina! I was really happy when I found this solution, so I just had to share it :)

  2. Cyndi J

    How fantastic! I don’t have a wood deck but I have had algae on the side of the house and on the gutters. I wonder if this would work on the mildew on the driveway, too. I’ll have to try it. It’s amazing to me how so many people don’t seem to be concerned about the toxicity of the products they use. So thank you for this information!

    • Wanda

      Thanks, Cyndi! I haven’t tried it on mildew (you’ll have to let me know if it works!) but I have used it to get the algae (and other grime) off the siding & gutters…it is definitely good for that.

  3. Irene

    Dear Wanda, I want to try this, but please help me…. What is a Gallon Water? 4 Liters? More/less?
    Greetings from Austria!

    • Wanda

      Hi Irene…a gallon is a little less than 4 Liters. It doesn’t have to be exact, so 4 liters should work.

  4. Morgan

    Hi! Would this also work on wooden outdoor furniture? Thanks!

    • Hi Morgan…Yes, it should. I have used it on a couple of wood outdoor chairs and it did a good job of taking the grime off.

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