My 8 Favorite Outdoor Sprucing Tips #readydoneclean

On the scale of 1-10 ten being my favorite thing (going to the thrift store) I put cleaning at about a 4… ok a 3.  And cleaning stuff that is not normal everyday cleaning?  How about a .75.

But it has to be done, so we are chatting tips and tricks to sprucing up your outdoor space.

1.  Move Your Stuff.   This one might be a little forehead slapping good but it is AMAZING the things that can secretly build up behind the things we put in our yard.  Check out the corner of my porch…its a little embarrassing.  I never would have seen it, if I didn’t move the giant pot.

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2.  Get Rid Of Broken or Dysfunctional Items.  In my case,  this vinyl no solicitors sign.  Every time I come in my front door I look at it and grimace.  It is CLEARLY not functional.  Which also explains my new vacuum, security system, and the stack of religious pamphlets that are accumulating in my entryway.  Hmmm.

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3.  Wipe Down Your Front Door.  Sometimes we forget how with looks without a layer of dust/pollen on it.  If it especially grimy or water spot laden use Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Spray.   I gave mine a good scrub with a Magic Eraser and then a coat of Danish Oil.

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4.  Scrub Your Floor.  Whether you have  concrete or wood or both, they can each use a good scrub down.  I prefer using a deck brush, but if you have a power washer that is awesome too.

5.  Get The Paint Off Of Your Driveway.  Who me?  Pssh.

Ok fine.

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I always seem to have overspray on my concrete.  Throw down a thick layer of Citristrip and let it sit for 15 minutes.  Then use a deck brush to scrub the paint.  The reason I use Citristrip is because it doesn’t  discolor the concrete like an acid wash or harsher paint strippers can.

6.  Bust Out The Magic Eraser.  Remember when I proclaimed my love and devotion of Magic Erasers for paint prep?  Well guess what?  They make outdoor ones.  BAM.  If I had to have one of my hands transformed into a cleaning tool for the rest of my life, it would be a Magic Eraser.  THAT is how much I love them.   I use mine to scrub everything from the BBQ to my furniture.  And because its outdoor, the durability is through the roof.

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7.  Get Ready To Paint!  Now that you have cleaned and prepped your old furniture, give it a coat of color with your favorite can of spray paint!!  Remember to put down a drop cloth so you don’t have to repeat step 5!

8.  Add Greenery.  Head to Home Depot and grab some plants,  it is ridiculous how add such a small thing will totally transform a space.

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Now for the REALLY fun part!  I am giving one lucky reader a chance to do all of this!  I have teamed up with P&G and Home Depot to giveaway 1 Package of Outdoor Magic Erasers,  1 bottle of Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Spray,  1 roll of Bounty paper towels, and $100 Home Depot Gift Card!

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This post is in collaboration with Procter Gamble and The Home Depot.  All opinions (and real life messes for that matter) are 100% mine.

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  1. Outdoor cleaning tip: PRESSURE WASHER. It’s awesome.

  2. the pressure washer is my best friend. Makes everything look new again.

  3. I didn’t know they had Magic Erasers for OUTDOORS?! That.Is.Awesome.

  4. Trimming trees can also make a HUGE difference! Also… potted plants. Lots of them. ;)

  5. Cleaning = Pressure washer and compressed air, blow the spider webs, dead stuff out, then spray wash everything.

  6. I need to scrub my front door! Good tip!!

  7. best tip is hose it down! our patio always looks like new when we get the hose out and spray it off.

  8. Ideally a pressure washer….but a hose will do….
    vinegar and a magic eraser. I even use them on my windows to get the hard water spots off the glass…..oh, and for window exteriors…Rain-x…..:)

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  10. Favorite outdoor cleaner is my brother’s powerwasher! best. invention. ever.

  11. My big tip- just do it. Seriously. It’s such an easy thing to put off!!

  12. A broom and some colorful new plants!

  13. Pressure washers are awesome!

  14. My grandmother always complains about the weeds that grow between the cobblestones on the path to her front door. My secret: white vinegar. It completely takes care of the weed issue and is a natural solution instead of using harmful chemicals.

  15. I like to make sure I dust first– surprisingly. But wispy little spider webs are terrible to walk through while you’re trying to do everything else!

  16. I Looooove my Magic Eraser! I wanna try the Magic Eraser mop too.

    Those neon concrete planters are super cute too!

  17. Clean light fixtures!!! Those things get crazy dirty and buggy!!

    I have vinyl siding on our house so it’s super easy to clean – I do it the natural way with a vinegar solution, scrub brush, and water hose….but the pressure washer would probably work faster.

  18. I rarely clean our outdoors so I need some major help here!! :)

  19. Outdoor cleaning tip: Convince yourself that outdoor cleaning is the same as working out so it’s not so much of a chore and you can clean and get skinny at the same time. ;) ;)

  20. I shop vac my car port. Is that weird? :)

  21. Use a broom or hose to get rid of cobwebs on the porch. And if you don’t have time for that, distract guests’ gaze by placing, candles, flowers, and most importantly, food, on tables on the porch!

  22. Pressure washer! Best thing ever.

  23. magic eraser the patio furniture. especially the arms of the chairs. buildup after a long winter, who wants to put their arm down on that. yuck!

  24. Love my magic erasers. But I had no idea they had outdoor ones! A whole new world of possibilities has now been opened!

  25. I love power washing my garage door. It helps the whole front of my house look cleaner.

  26. Those magic erasers are seriously amazing. I can clean almost everything with them!

  27. Been working on the landscaping and filling pots with flowers, guess I should pay attention to the house and pretty her up.

  28. Magic erasers are IT!

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  30. oh my gosh! i need all of this! we just bought a house in october (waaaait that was 8 months ago) and it already needs a good cleaning overhaul!

  31. Magic Erasers are the bees knees!! I’m sorry I couldn’t tweet about this…between my obsession with Pinterest and the countless hours I spend on Facebook, I don’t think another social media sight will get me off my butt and getting things done! Pinned! Thanks for the opportunity :)

  32. I’ve been itching to spruce up my back patio – thanks for the inspiration to get going!

  33. I use Magic Eraser on everything!

  34. OH! my tip: do a little cleaning every day. that way it’s not a HUGE hassle and you dont have to end up spending a whole saturday cleaning!

  35. my favorite outdoor cleaning tip is to spray you’re outdoor upholstery fabric with Thompson’s water seal spray! It’s amazing! Water just rolls right off I even use it indoors for my dining room chairs and they never get dirty. :-)

  36. my favorite outdoor cleaning tip is to spray you’re outdoor upholstery fabric with Thompson’s water seal spray! It’s amazing! Water just rolls right off I even use it indoors for my dining room chairs and they never get dirty. :-)

  37. I love how the piece of paper behind your pot says “frequent” when that is what didn’t happen behind the pot…frequent sweeping!” ;) Thanks for the wonderful tips! I’ve added them to my honey do list! ;)

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  39. Moving everything is a great tip! Another way to help everything LOOK clean is to lay down fresh mulch in the flower beds makes everything look extra finished and professional!
    -Elle

  40. oh I really like the neon in that cinderblock herb garden! very cute. I need to get my outdoor cleaning going… but I don’t wannnna! :)

  41. My deck is begging for a cleaning. My neighbor even offered the use of his power washer. Sheesh, I need to get on that already!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  42. I’ve never tried the erasers! Hope to win and give my back patio a good cleaning!

  43. Gotta love Magic Erasers! Had no idea they had outdoor ones!

    //Justynn
    http://creativelifeantics.com

  44. Um…I rake?! I don’t do much outdoor cleaning unless it is time to rake up the pecans that are left over from the fall. :) I seriously need to start though, our porch is a mess!

  45. Always a good Idea to pressure wash.

  46. my tip? just keep up on it! I set aside 10-15 a week to sweep, wipe, arrange, and fix all the little things that can build up into big things by the end of each season. this is also a good way to track the durability of furniture and keep up on your plants and keep weeds out.

  47. We only just moved into our first home, so we don’t have much experience cleaning outdoors yet. But so far just basic landscaping makes a huge difference!

  48. The Magic Eraser for patio furniture & the bbq! I never even thought of that. I love Magic Erasers too but I didn’t even consider it for an outdoor item- not sure why. Thanks for the tip!

  49. Another thing that makes the house look brighter and newer is washing the windows inside and out and cleaning off the nasty screens! Those things are nast magnets!

  50. Make your kids do it. :P

  51. I usually use dish soap on everything and scrub it all down with a magic eraser!

  52. I hope I win!

  53. Hosing the patio and washing the windows outside AND inside!

  54. Pressure washer!

  55. what!? Didn’t know that there was a magic eraser for outdoors. Well now I will have to get my porch cleaned just to try it out. Normally I just sweep and clean glass with vinegar.

  56. Pressure washer!

  57. Not really a trick but picking up yard debris and mowing lawn does make Abigail difference( whether you have weeds or not).

  58. I like to use a leafblower to clear off the porch. So much more satisfying than sweeping!

  59. Love the Magic Eraser idea but, REALLY loved your new planters, so cute!!!

  60. Magic erasuresare great!!

  61. I use vinegar to clean up outdoor furniture, and to kill weeds in the cracks of the sidewalk.

  62. Power washer!!!

  63. Pressure washing is great for our porch!

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  64. My best tip would be to hose everything down! Our porch looks new again after a good cleaning.

  65. Magic erasers really are magical. Best tip ever!

  66. Trim your bushes, it makes a world of a difference and it’s free!

  67. Vinegar is the miracle cleaner of choice at our house! It takes care of most everything!

  68. After cleaning, love to add pretty plants, rugs, candles to my porch to make it more like another living area!

  69. Sweeping my sidewalk and around the driveway always makes my house look way better!

  70. After cleaning, love to add pretty plants, rugs, candles to my porch to make it more like another living area!

  71. My best tip is to hose down the siding. It’s unreal the gunk that can live on siding! :)

  72. I think the biggest additive to any yard is getting rid of all those pesky weeds!

  73. I really need to do this list because our outside (front and back) has been neglected for quite a few years. In my defense, I’ve only lived here for about 10 months!

  74. Seriously, I just hose everything off. Even the kids. ;) I’ve gotta step up my game this year! Having more land to take care of is so happy and quite the adjustment! I went from having the typical miniscule St. George backyard, to over a half of an acre including an orchard. LOVE IT and WHOA! All at the same time. You should come consult on my fun little 1940s cottage!!

  75. Love magic eraser!

  76. This reminds me of my gross front door. There’s still sticker residue form it being vacant for a year (foreclosure) before we bought it. I’d really love to just repaint it but I don’t have a screen door to keep the kitties in while I do that. Maybe cleaning it will make me feel better.

  77. My favorite outdoor cleaning tip is to enlist the slaves…er…I mean…children. ;) And simply hosing things down now and then can amake a big difference too.

  78. Definitely a pressure wash!

  79. The thing I find that makes our house look the most clean is, keeping cut grass and weeds out of our mulch. Nothing sets a house off like some nice clean mulch! Hello curb appeal. BOOM!!

  80. for a quick perk up just sweep! for deep clean pressure washer! I like to make woo hoo noises while using it

  81. I love the outdoor windex that you hook up to your hose!! Its WONDERFUL!!

  82. Dont forget to clean your porch mat or just replace it.

  83. Growing up on the beach white wicker furniture is everywhere. We use a stiff brush moistened with salt water and scrub. It cleans it perfectly and you can let it just dry in the sun.

  84. MY best tip would be to not forget all those spiderwebs lurking in the corners. Get out the broom and clean it all out. Makes a big defference.

  85. Don’t forget to clean the windows if you have french doors. Little puppies loooove to get slobber and boogers all over them! Windex is your friend!

  86. one of my favorite things to do that really help make things look better is to change out my outdoor rugs (the small ones in front of the doors)! they are usually under $15 and can make a huge difference!

  87. Lawn mower, fresh cut grass looks nice. :)

  88. I have never thought to use Magic Eraser outside- great idea! – My tip to refreshing your yard is to change things up – whether it be moving your furniture or adding new accessories – treat your yard like another room in your home!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  89. Get out the broom and hose.

  90. outdoor magic erasers!?!? i had no idea, definitely gettin’ me some of those!

  91. Im going to get those magic erasers today! Thanks for the tip! I need to finish cleaning up my patio this summer!

  92. My favorite tip? Invite mom to visit! =) Seriously, she loves to do stuff like that and she’s way better at it than I am!

  93. Can never go wrong with a pressure washer!!!

  94. Cleaning up my sons’ collection of rocks by the front door always seems to help.

  95. Sprinkle/sweep baking soda into cracks where weeds grow! Add colorful flowers to unconventional “pots” maybe a thrift store bowl, old wheelbarrow, broken birdhouse, or even a lone boot!
    ….well now i need to go thrifting!

  96. It’s not really a cleaning tip, but landscaping “clean-up” can make a huge difference! Trimming trees, breaking out the trimmer and getting all the runaway branches on your bushes or making sure to trim the edges of the grass instead of just mowing it like normal. It makes such a difference!

  97. Replacing the mulch in flower beds and under trees makes a world of difference!

  98. I love using newspaper and weed blocker!

  99. To clean my windows I use the spray that attaches to the hose and it works great! Less actual time scrubbing=winning!

  100. my clean up tip: paying my 7 yr old 10 cents per grapefruit he picks up & throws away! no more rotting fruit on the cement!

  101. Sweeping up the leaves, seeds and dirt. I did this last weekend and couldn’t believe what a difference it made! Thanks and love your blog!

  102. Every time I clean up the outside of our house, I think about how much easier it would be if I would just dedicate an hour a week to it. Hmph! Will I ever learn?

  103. my # 1 for flowerbeds is really a 1-2 combo punch. cow manure and mulch! plants love that stuff and a good layer of mulch really keeps those pesky weeds away.

    loved the post btw. cleaning (esp deep cleaning or organizing) is usually met with an eye roll. but what is crazy is that once i start in on a project- i get really into it and then i actually enjoy the process of purging and cleaning. its just the initial push that is hard!!!

  104. Definitely love my little powerwasher!

  105. Investing in a good outdoor broom! Because no one wants to ruin their kitchen broom with yucky outside dirt. Thanks for the chance to win, I should probably clean up my deck now too…

  106. I am not ashamed to admit that our yard needs a lot of sprucing! M favorite tip is to get your kids involved. Mine love planting the garden every year and they are always willing to help water the plants. And each other, but that’s a different story.

  107. My favorite outdoor cleaning tip is put the kids to work. :) Helping with yard work and cleanup is part of growing up. It’s a rite of passage into the world of chores. It’s necessary in a child’s life so when they grow up they can tell THEIR children that grandma and grandpa used to make them scrub the concrete with a toothbrush, pick up individual leaves by hand, pull weeds for hours on end, or whatever other exaggeration they choose.

    Oh, and I love my leaf blower, too!

  108. I spray down the sidewalk with the hose to get rid of the dirt from our potted plants. And I put terra cotta tiles and gravel around my vegetable beds to deter weeds from growing.

  109. I love adding plants and giving things a fresh coat of paint as well! Also, clean the outside of your windows to get off that same grimy pollen film. :)

  110. Wait for it…I weed! So simple and it makes things look so much nicer. Oh, and love a good line trimmer

  111. I just painted our front door a deep, turquoise blue. Looks like a whole different house!

  112. Pressure washing! It’s a miracle!

  113. Ugh, how I hate cleaning… but magic erasers sure do seem to do the trick for about everything! My back porch is so gross because I never seem to want to get out there and do it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  114. My favorite outdoor cleaning tip is to take the time to hose the screens in your windows …take them off first ;)and then wash your windows.

  115. Definitely keep the front door and porch clean. It’s the first (and sometimes only) thing visitors see!

    P.S. I call Mr. Clean my other man, and when I first discovered Magic Erasers years ago, I may or may not have taken them to work to demonstrate their awesomeness to my co-workers. Oh, the little things in life! I’m such a nerd!

  116. I LOVE magic erasers too!! The thing that I need to do outside is wash my windows. So not looking forward to it.

  117. We love the pressure washer and having the kids help out.

  118. Can I just say ditto? I can’t think of any that haven’t already been mentioned. Thanks for all the tips

  119. We use carwash to wash our windows.

  120. I’ve always told people I would NOT be mad if they gave me a Home Depot gift card for my birthday. My outdoor secret is… live in an apartment so someone else does it for you! :)

  121. My favorite outdoor cleaning tip is a simple one– just sweeping your walk and driveway makes everything look nicer.

  122. Everytime I use the pressure washer I’m amazed at how dirty my house is!

  123. My best tip for outdoor cleaning is to use a pressure washer. No matter what material you have on your house it will do wonders in cleaning it off. The same applies to walkways and sidewalks.

  124. I like to use the hose to wash windows on the outside. Forget using up an entire bottle of Windex to get a winters worth of dirt off… a spray with the house, and a scrub with a rag works great!

  125. Love the way my yard looks with a fresh layer of mulch in the beds.

  126. Find a pretty, easy to open, container to collect the garbage. The little bits of this or that that just lay around waiting for you to “do something” with them.

  127. Pruning bushes and trees makes a world of difference!

  128. cleaning the front door, I just did this today.

  129. I’m glad i found this through a link.. because I am throwing my first picnic and looking at ways to make my house look nice – less expensive! :)

  130. Get OUT! Seriously? I need this. I NEEEEDDD this. I’m moving into a rental that neeeeeds this. pickmepickmepickme.

    please.

  131. I would love this!

  132. New mulch does wonders! Thanks for the chance!

  133. One of my favorite but easy tips is to just rake leaves out of flowerbeds right before spring to get rid of all that icky stuff without much effort. Instantly looks fab!

  134. I like using a broom to sweep cob webs and leaves off the porch and them spraying everything down with the hose.

  135. ugh definitely my weak area – I am TRYING to get better at this!! WEEDING is what helps my outdoor area look cleaner!!

  136. Magic Erasers ARE magic!

  137. My best outdoor cleaning tip? I honestly never thought about it before. I’m a big fan of touch-up painting, but I realize it is not the same as cleaning. I like to make sure the outside windows are nice and clean. It just makes everything look better.

  138. Keep the garden weeded. Makes the yard look better.

  139. Mine? Bribe my hubby to go and do whatever needs done with lots of chocolate and kisses!!!

  140. The broom, and shop vac on the screened porch!

  141. Scrub the pollen off of everything and repaint the metal patio furniture. Add a few new plants and the difference is amazing!

  142. I use the broom, the hose, and spray paint to freshen up my patio areas! I love your yellow on the cement blocks…I think I’m going to use yellow on some old metal lawn chairs. Thanks for the inspiration!

  143. It looks like it isn’t my secret…sounds like everyone knows that the pressure washer is the way to go! It makes everything look brand spakin’ new!

  144. Usually just sweeping all of the leaves and dirt off of the porches makes a huge difference. Especially since it’s been so windy here lately. :)

  145. Great to learn about the outdoor ME – will use one for the porch furniture! Thanks for the tip.

  146. I’m trying to turn our funky basement into a snazzy apartment for our daughter and grandson. I’m gonna need a lotta paper towels!!

  147. I love when my windows are freshly cleaned, it really brightens up the exterior and the interior too!

  148. You can kill weeds in gravel garden beds and in cement cracks by pouring boiling water on them. Totally free. Totally works.

  149. I don’t have an outdoor area to clean, but i always liked spraying doen cement and then sweeping the water away

  150. We just painted our front door navy. It feels so fresh and new!

  151. Dryer sheets work great for cleaning/scrubbing! They cut my bathroom cleaning time down in half!!

  152. We get crazy spider webs by our entryway and I kept trying to sweep them away…which meant they were all smeared over the stucco. Then BAM! Duh, use the shop vac. Brand new!

  153. living in the northwest we love our pressure washer.

  154. living in the northwest we love our pressure washer.

  155. I think I’m also in love with the Magic Eraser, but I may start two-timing with M.E. Outdoor Pro once I get my chance with one . . . they are just amazing. Make cleaning not so awful. Taking time to teach kids is starting to pay off–it’s amazing how much they can do when they decide to. lol

  156. Woo hoo! Thanks for the giveaway!

  157. Oh oops, my favorite outdoor cleaning tip is a little Simple Green and a power washer – does wonders!

  158. Definitely agree with putting some plants out for color and looking spruced up!! I love to clean with my Enjo cloths – no harsh chemicals – woo-hoo!!

  159. Water hose and a broom for patio and porch cleaning.

  160. don’t forget to water your plants early morning or later in the evening! :)

  161. My fave outdoor cleaning tool is a pressure washer. Driveways and walks are like new. You can reach the upper windows with it…they are just awesome. Ours died last year and we are moving into a new house. Pretty sure I would use the gift card toward another one!

  162. Can’t reach those high up windows for cleaning? Windex makes a product that attaches to your water hose for easy cleaning!

  163. Sweep the cobwebs off the eaves and the siding!

  164. Sweep the cobwebs off the eaves and the siding!

  165. Have my husband do it ha ha.

  166. Aside from my power washer, my 14 son is my secret weapon. He’ll do damn near anything for more time to play on the computer!

  167. glad I’m not the only one who would put thrift shopping as a 10:) My tip would be just get rid of clutter/stuff you don’t use, it will help with the “cleaning” part!

  168. My secret weapon is I let my husband do the outside cleaning.

  169. Keeping my trees trimmed. I have this awesome long thing with a saw and pruner. I don’t know the name but love that thing!

  170. Using a pressure washer outside is my favorite thing, but now I’ll have to try the Mr. Clean Erasers!

  171. Broom. That’s all I got ;)

  172. Errr…..does turning the hose on everything and hoping for the best count?? ;)

  173. I would have to say the number one thing for me to do is to grab an old broom and get the spider webs down. Man! Those things can build up fast and make everything look cleaner in a hurry when you get them down.

  174. A broom, elbow grease, flowers 3 teenage boys and their friends. Thank you for this giveaway.

  175. My Ryobi battery powered blower comes in handy all year long! Thanks for the giveaway!

    BTW… You are a HOOT girl! I really enjoy and look forward to your post and all the fun ideas! Keep sharing your GUTS out!

  176. it’s amazing what a little broom can do! and I’m so excited to learn about the mr. clean outdoor stuff, brilliant!

  177. A power washer cleans things up so quickly and easily! It can even be used to clear away weeds/grass in sidewalk and driveway cracks!

  178. We had someone show us about soft water and we had him fill an empty milk gallon to use and try later. And now we save it to wash our patio windows. This stuff works so well you almost can walk through the glass door.

  179. Does my sweet husband count as my best outdoor cleaning tip? I say do it and he does it :) Leaves me free to play with the flowers!

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  180. Giant push broom will clear off your sidewalk and porch pretty quick. Too lazy for that? Get yourself a blower, girl. I use that guy all the time.

  181. My favorite outdoor tip: don’t be afraid to hire a pro if you need to! DIY is great and I love to push myself to new challenges, but if it reduces stress so you can enjoy your space more, then pick up that phone!

  182. I like to use a power washer. Cleans a LOT of things.

  183. Those handy lysol wipes are my go to for just about everything! Plus, the fresh, clean scent just makes it SMELL clean.

  184. oh my, that concrete little planter system looks amazing.
    also, pretty happy to learn about the outdoor magic eraser! change my life!

  185. the neon planter is awesome

  186. Adding color always draws your eye to the pretty and not the yuck.

  187. I have three big dogs, and a glass storm door that I keep closed so they can see out, but bugs stay outside! I find that dog drool is it’s own special kind of cement when it comes to windows! I spray the window down with a foam window cleaner, and then use my kitchen Magic Eraser. It cuts right through the drool, and leaves the window spotless!

  188. I love your tips! Time to clean the front door for sure! Thanks for the giveaway chance too! :) Happy Summer!

  189. great tips!

  190. I had no idea there were outdoor magic erasers! I think they would be useful in cleaning up all of my decorative planters. My fav tool for sprucing up is my pressure washer. Thank you for the great tips!

  191. Indoor or outdoor, the Magic Eraser is awesome!

  192. I didn’t know they made an outdoor magic eraser! Awesome!

  193. Wash your windows….makes a huge difference inside and out!

  194. Love the Magic Eraser!!

  195. Vinegar takes care of a lot of problems!

  196. Don’t forget to clean the garage door.

  197. Clean windows make everything better. I wash them down with a rag and plain water, then touch everything up with a damp microfiber cloth.

  198. Pressure wash or hose down, yes, my dears, but here’s a PSA from your friendly neighborhood storm sewer manager: don’t hose into the street! :-). Always hose towards grassy or gravelled surfaces, so the water can percolate into the ground. Dirty water is bad for fish, and those drains lead directly to surface water in many areas without treatment. Only rain down the drain! Also, minimize your use of chemicals in favor of elbow grease – the environment will thank you!

  199. I line my planters with wax paper so when its time to dump them out they just slide out, no mess

  200. Working a little at a time so it doesn’t become overwhelming – especially if it needs a lot of work. :)

  201. I live in an apartment so outdoor space is limited. I suggest painting everything a vivid color to keep the almost fully enclosed space bright. It may just be because I m partial to painting…EVERYTHING! Also didn’t know they made outdoor Magic Erasers, AWESOME! Also again, I am knew to your blog and have been like mad stalking all of your old posts. Is it creepy when internet strangers tell you they should be your best friend? Because seriously, we could be best friends.

  202. I don’t know if it’s a secret. And it’s a little shameful, but I make sure to mow down all the dandelions. Embarrassing.

  203. I use magic erasers!

  204. I haven’t found any super great tips yet but I loved reading about them here!

  205. Simple Green and a power washer are my best cleaning tools outside!

  206. I have learned the hard way to power wash siding before washing windows!

  207. I think washing the windows and their tracks makes all the difference in the world.

  208. Overspray on the concrete = GUILTY! Thanks for the tip for getting it off. My husband will be so pleased ;)

  209. I also love me some magic erasers!

  210. Um… rake, I suppose?

  211. My favorite outdoor cleaning tip is a modified version of my granny’s tradition of bleaching and scrubbing her porch. I can’t handle the smell of bleach, so I mix up peroxide and baking soda and let it work miracles on my concrete patio area. Sometimes I’ll spray vinegar over that mixture, if it’s looking a hotter mess than usual, let it sit, and scrub away.

  212. Keep the deck and porch swept regularly.

  213. The Magic Eraser is a miracle worker for outdoor cleaning

  214. I don’t really have any cleaning tips. But I did recently try (thanks to Pinterest) using pinecones in my planters to take up space, make it less heavy and help drainage and boy, it has helped my plants to thrive!!! It is a goldmine. Plus my parents house is surrounded by pine trees, so I get them for free- score!!

  215. Sweep off the patio!

  216. Outdoor cleaning??!! I’m doing good to get the inside clean! Thanks for the tips!

  217. Use a steam cleaner on your grill to get all the stuck on gunk off without using harsh chemicals

  218. my spray hose! doesn’t get any easier than just spraying everything down!

  219. RAKE!

  220. I love anything by Method ! I think its fantastic !! You can use the all purpose cleaner on windows and then on your wood table :)

  221. Thanks for the great ideas and giveaway. I like to use a bucket to put weeds in when I’m weeding. It keeps everything neat and tidy.

  222. My husband uses a blower for almost everything! Pollen, leaves, grass clippings, saw dust…all blown away! He’s itching for a pressure washer though!

  223. Favorite tip….hire someone else to do it? I kid. I say make it a family event and everyone pitches in.

  224. I like to do the cleaning a little bit at a time, I take care of things better this way and it seem like less work.
    Leidy R in rafflecopter

  225. I love taking the pressure washer to EVERYTHING!!! I love the instant gratification!!
    carriesummerlin at yahoo dot com

  226. color & plants!

  227. I just heard of using Magic Erasers to clean outside facades, but didn’t know they make a more durable “outdoor” one. Very nice!

  228. I sweep everything…the front door, the porch, the walls, the ceiling. It makes everything seem clean without too much effort.

  229. I’m a fan of the power washer :)

  230. Don’t forget to give your plants a little nip and tuck! Removing the leggy branches on your bushes makes a HUGE difference!

  231. i use my hose to spray down my cement daily! it makes it look so fresh and clean!!

  232. Cleaning out the flower beds and adding new layer of mulch does wonders for the looks of your property. Also add some blooming flowers.

  233. PRESURE WASHING! Its such a quick and easy way to make the entire exterior looking rejuvenated!

  234. I LOVE the pressure washer! I moved into a foreclosure, and the front porch was covered with residue from, get this…FAKE GRASS! So, needless to say, the pressure washer helped with that little problem and so much more!

    Thanks for the giveaway. Love reading the other comments, too, for more helpful ideas!

    ~Jillian

  235. I like to use oven cleaner on my bbq and I use shop vac for spider webs.

  236. My favorite tip is using an outdoor rug outside the slider. Dust and dirt “sifts” through the rug & ends up underneath the rug rather than in your house.

  237. I carry around a little bucket with me to pick up trash, dead leaves, twigs, etc so i can fill it up as I’m walking around and dump it in our yard waste/compost pile out back. That’s my only tip. I hate yard work and have only after 8 years started to take an interest in the outside of my home! Maybe this year I’ll plant a flower or two! Woohoo!

  238. i love that you said you’d choose to turn your hand into a magic eraser if you had to choose a cleaning tool. cuz i so would do the exact same thing. it’s basically the best invention ever.

  239. I just hose everything down every few weeks in the summer.

  240. My husband just bought a pressure washer. It’s his new toy. He loves that thing!I definitely need to clean up the siding on our house. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  241. I use dishsoap on all the porch furniture and then hose it down!

  242. We love magic erasers and a fresh coat of paint can make magic happen!

  243. Since my husband does the outside work, I’m afraid I can’t give a single hint. I can say that nothing makes my house feel cleaner than freshly washed windows, especially the sunroom.

  244. The hose. Cleans off the dirt and grim, and fast:)

  245. i love pressure washers! i don’t have one, though, so i just use the hose with a good sprayer nozzle for my attempts at cleaning the deck.

  246. Thanks for putting together another rad giveaway!!
    XO Becca

  247. Push broom and power washer!

  248. When we boil or steam our vegetables at night, we save the water and use it to water our flowers outside. They love it!

  249. Walk up to your house as if you were a guest. Try to see all the cob webs they see that we ignore.

  250. We use a pump sprayer to spray the Clorox Outdoor Bleach on the sides of the house and then pressure wash. Looks like new!

  251. Always do a little bit at a time so you’re not overwhelmed.

  252. using a power washer.

  253. no good ones yet.

  254. Shop Vac. My favorite thing indoors and out. I vacuum everything- it gets spiderwebs, gutters, leaves. And after pollen season, I spray off the porch,take the filter out of the vacuum, and it sucks up all of the standing water.

  255. Keep on top of weeding! It makes such a difference in the long run.

  256. When In Doubt use a Leaf Blower…

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