How to Clean Your Siding

How to Clean Your Siding without a Pressure Washer

We have taught you how to clean your siding with a pressure washer. But, what if you don’t have one, want to rent one or just don’t need to clean that big of an area that it is worth breaking out the power tools. (Even though they can be a lot more fun!)

Let’s take a look at how you can clean your siding with simple items you probably have laying around the house.

The Cleaning Solutions

You have choices when it comes to siding cleaning solutions you can go with a bleach or vinegar based solution.

If you have white siding, you will definitely want to go with the bleach based approach.

For your bleach based solution you will want to mix:

1/3 Cup of powdered laundry detergent

2/3 Cup powdered household cleaner

1 Quart of bleach

1 Gallon of water

A garden sprayer

For the vinegar based solution you need:

The vinegar based cleaning solution:

A large scrub brush

A small scrub brush (if you really mean business)

White vinegar

A ladder


Large bucket

Small plastic container

The vinegar based solution can be just as effective however, using vinegar be a bit more time consuming.

Working with Bleach

If you choose to go with the bleach solution these are the steps you need to take once you have mixed everything together. Firstly, you want to make sure that you have covered any nearby plants and that there are no animals or children in the area that could come into contact with your homemade cleanser.

If you have the solution in a garden sprayer, begin spraying the siding from left to right and top to bottom. As the cleanser runs down the siding it will begin to loosen the dirt and grime at the bottom. One gallon will clean approximately a 10 x 20′ area depending on how enthusiastic you get with your spraying.

Once you have applied the cleanser let the area rest for 5 to 10 minutes to let the cleanser do its work. Then rinse the area clean with your hose. You may need to go over the siding multiple times depending on how much dirt you are dealing with.

Working with Vinegar

If you choose to go the vinegar route to wash your siding this is the process you need to follow. When mixing a solution you want to shoot for approximately 30% water and 70% vinegar. No need to be terribly exact. You’re cleaning siding not working in a super, secret government lab. In your small container mix a paste of baking soda and water. You may need this later to deal with the tough spots.

You will be cleaning your siding by hand. Because this can be a bit more labor-intensive, it might be a good idea to start with the most visible portion of siding and break the other areas down into sections that you can conquer later.

Vinegar can still be hazardous for plants. You will want to make sure that you have your plants covered or you are a safe distance away from them before you begin to wash the siding. Start by setting up your ladder next to the portion of siding you want to tackle first. Just like with the bleach approach, you want to start at the top first. This way the cleanser can run down and loosen the dirt and grime at the bottom. Let the cleanser work for you instead of the other way around.

Keeping your hands covered with gloves is important. Vinegar may be less abrasive than bleach, but it will definitely try out your skin.

If you run across stubborn stains on the siding use your paste of vinegar and water to knock them out.

There you have it. Two great ways to clean your siding without using a pressure washer.

If you do run across issues with your siding during your cleaning. Give us a call we are your home exterior experts and we are here to help with any question or issue you might have.

Elite Exteriors
1933 Union Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63125
P: (314) 846-3355
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