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Easy Homemade DIY Gutter Cleaning Solutions

I’m unsure which part of gutter cleaning I hate more: pulling out clumps of moldy, pest-infested leaves from within them, or scrubbing the build-up of dirt on their outside while unsteadily trying to balance on the ladder beneath me.

Something that’s made the chore of scrubbing my gutters a little easier is these incredibly effective, and totally affordable homemade gutter cleaning solution recipes.

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Homemade Gutter Cleaning Solution Recipes

Tired of gutter cleaning solutions that just don’t work? Don’t waste your money! The solution you’ve been hoping and praying for is achievable by mixing some common pantry item. Below are three of the best homemade gutter cleaning solution recipes you’ll find on the internet.

Recipe #1: White Vinegar Gutter Cleaning Solution

Heinz White Vinegar, 12/2014, Pic by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube.
Credit: Mike Mozart

White vinegar is a magically effective cleaning tool. It can dissolve the toughest stains whether they are on utensils, your coffee pot, or even your gutter. While better suited for cleaning the interiors of gutters, vinegar also works well on the outsides of them

What You Will Need

  • White Vinegar
  • Warm Water
  • Bucket
  • Scrub Brush

How to Make White Vinegar Gutter Cleaning Solution

  1. Combine a mixture of white vinegar and warm water in a bucket.
  2. Plug your gutter’s downspout and pour the solution into your gutter and let it sit for an hour.
  3. Use the remaining white vinegar solution and a scrub brush to clean the outside of your gutter.
  4. After an hour, drain the solution and rinse your gutters thoroughly.

Recipe #2: Cream of Tartar Gutter Cleaning Solution

baking ingredients in kitchen for diy cleaning solution

Spice things up when it comes to cleaning your gutters by using some cream of tartar. Cream of tartar, or rather potassium hydrogen tartrate is an effective cleaning agent that can quickly and easily clean dirty gutters.

What You Will Need

  • Water
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Bowl
  • Scrub Brush

How to Make Cream of Tartar Gutter Cleaning Solution

  1. Take a small amount of cream of tartar and a small amount of water and combine them in a bowl.
  2. Mix the two ingredients together until they have a paste-like consistency
  3. Apply the paste to the outside of your gutters using a brush.
  4. Wash the paste off with a hose.
  5. Repeat the process until all stains have been removed.

Recipe #3: Detergent and Bleach Gutter Cleaning Solution

Bottles of Clorox Bleach on store shelves.

When it comes to stain removal, detergent and bleach make a formidable pair. Both have active agents and ingredients within them that are notable for their cleaning properties. These two are especially effective on gutters, working particularly well on vinyl gutters.

What You Will Need

  • Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Scrub Brush

How to Make Detergent and Bleach Gutter Cleaning Solution

  1. Mix liquid detergent with two gallons of water and half a cup of bleach in a bucket.
  2. Apply the solution to your gutters and scrub at them with a scrub brush.
  3. Pour the solution inside the gutters and let it sit for ten minutes or less.
  4. Once ten minutes is up, scrub inside the gutters.
  5. Rinse the solution from inside and outside the gutters with a hose.

How to Use It to Clean Your Gutters

The nature of gutters is that they are always at least a little dirty. Even if you have incredible gutter guards, there will definitely be some debris buildup in your gutters, and with debris comes dirt and mold which can make your gutters look unsightly.

To remove all dirt, mold, and debris from your gutters, follow the gutter cleaning steps below. Using these steps, and the homemade gutter cleaning solution recipes above, your gutters will be squeaky clean in no time.

Collect Your Tools and Cleaning Solutions

men on ladder cleaning gutters at homeAs anxious as you may be to get up on your ladder and start cleaning, it’s good to do an inventory check to make sure that you have all of your gutter cleaning tools.

You are going to need a cleaning solution, possibly one of the homemade ones mentioned above, some rubber gloves, a ladder, a bucket, a hose, and a scrub brush.

Remove All of the Debris

The first step to cleaning your gutters is removing all of the big debris from them. How much debris is in your gutters will really depend on what season it is, how long its been since you last cleaned them out, and if you have any gutter guards installed.

Remove everything that could clog your gutters, whether it’s leaves, sticks, acorns, or whatever else could have dropped from above onto your roof. If the debris is particularly thick, you may need to use a garden trowel to remove it.

Spray Your Gutters

After you have removed all of the big debris you’ll probably have quite a bit of dirt to deal with. Before you apply the homemade cleaning solution you whipped up, you’re going to want to spray your gutters with a hose to push the dirt out. This will make all the stains on your gutter more visible so you can target them with the solution and your scrub brush.

Protect the Plants

Before you begin to use your new homemade cleaning solution to clean your gutters, you may want to cover any plants below them with a plastic sheet or tarp. If you’re using a solution with ingredients that can be harmful to plants, like the one with detergent and bleach, you’re going to want to keep them safe from any bits of it that may fall down onto them.

Apply the Solution

Time to apply the cleaning solution! Put on your big pair of rubber gloves and get to work. Depending on which solution you are using, you can put it inside the gutter and let it sit and soak, or you can spray it on to the gutter and scrub at it. Specific instructions for using each solution to clean your gutter are included above with their recipes.

Rinse or Repeat

After you apply the cleaning solution and use it to scrub your gutters, rinse it off of them. If they are still dirty, repeat the process until all stains have gone away and all you have left is sparkling clean gutters!

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Gutter Cleaning Summarized

Now you know everything you could possibly need to know about cleaning your gutters. Not only does having clean gutters benefit the appearance of your home, but it can also protect it from pest infestation or rain damage as a result of clogged gutters.

Protect your home, and make gutter cleaning easy, with these effective homemade gutter cleaning solutions. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you did, be sure to share it and comment below with any questions!