Easy DIY: Wash Your Home’s Exterior
If your house weathered a lot of storms this winter, a simple scrub-down can provide an instant refresh.
Wilson suggests cleaning dingy siding, brick, and concrete—pretty much any outdoor surface—with an oxygenated cleaning product, like this one from Thompson’s WaterSeal. Spray on the solution using a plastic pump-up sprayer and scrub gently using a basic, plastic-bristled cleaning brush, like this one. And if you’re trying to reach high places and don’t have a ladder, attach your brush to a telescopic pole. Wait a minute or two for the solution to do its work and then rinse off.
“The oxygenated bleach won’t harm your plants,” Wilson says. “And all outside surfaces—from driveways to sidewalks to front steps—can be cleaned of dirt, mildew, mold, and algae stains.”
Total DIY time: 3 to 5 hours per side, depending on the size of your house.
Price: $50 to $100 for the cleaner, pump-up sprayer, and brush.