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Using Bleach to Clean the Outside of the House?

Can I use regular bleach to clean the outside of my house? I bought a bottle of "outdoor bleach" that is hooked to the water hose. It did OK in some places, but others still have mildew. I wondered if I could fill the bottle back up with regular household bleach and use it the same way. I don't want to kill all the plants around the edge of the porch.

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By nonniebeth from Rome, GA

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September 25, 20110 found this helpful

Sure, that is what I do but be sure to rinse off the bleach. What doesn't come off with the bleach could be algae. Bleach doesn't work on algae.

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September 25, 20110 found this helpful

Try a place like Home Depot-they have eco-safe mold and mildew removers. If it is in your budget try to "rent" a pressure washer, and get these same products, and you will see a HUGE difference. Use your hose sprayer to wet down the area first, and then use the pressure washer. Also good old fashioned "elbow grease" using a long handled scrub brush works!

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September 26, 20110 found this helpful

Please do what Deniaka recommends! Do not use household chlorine bleach as it's poisonous to the environment.

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It seeps into the soil and into waterways. It's poisonous to anything living including plants, pets, wild critters, children and you.

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