How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Is your home ready for Halloween? I don’t mean decorating. I mean is it so grimy and dirty that you don’t need to decorate to scare off the trick or treaters?

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Umm, yup, that was my house. But, a few weeks ago I was introduced to my new CBFF (Cleaning Best Friend Forever.)

Krud Kutter Exterior Clean Up

Krud Kutter Original - My Cleaning BFF

Seriously, you can ask my sister and stepmom! I was toting around a bottle of Krud Kutter this past weekend while working on renovating a VERY dated beach condo. What? You didn’t know I was doing that?!

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Anyway, back to Krud Kutter. The folks at Krud Kutter couldn’t believe I’d never used their products before. So, they offered to send me some to try. But, before I agreed, I checked with a few DIY friends like Holly.  And, they all agreed, “Oh yeah, that stuff ROCKS!” Holly says she uses it to clean grimy furniture before painting it. I figured if she likes it, I might.

Within a few days, a box containing some Krud Kutter Original and Krud Kutter House Wash showed up on my VERY dirty doorstep. I’m sure my UPS driver thinks our stoop is a disgrace. I had contemplated buying a pressure washer to clean it.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder(That white grout you see at the top of the picture was protected under the door mat for years.)

You can imagine my skepticism that a little plastic bottle could do the same job as a pressure washer.  But, I was shocked at what happened next.

Here’s the down and dirty, true tale, of how I cleaned our home from top to bottom without a pressure washer or ladder:

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Krud Kutter Exterior Clean Up Materials:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

 

Directions for Cleaning Exterior Grout and Tile on a Front Stoop:

First sweep off any loose dirt and leaves.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Spray Krud Kutter over the surface to be cleaned. (You can dilute it, but I figured the grime was tough competition for that little white and red bottle, so I didn’t dilute.)

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Let the cleaner sit for a few minute. While you wait, you can get spray happy and maybe clean some outdoor furniture too.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Check back with your stoop. Whoa!!! Can you see that? The grime is pulling out of the grout in little brown puddles!

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Quick grab your scrub brush and start scrubbing the grime off the surface. You’ll find that there’s not much “elbow grease” involved because the Krud Kutter has done most of the work for you.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Step back and admire your work halfway through. Can you see how clean the right hand side is?!

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Keep scrubbing until you finish the whole front porch. Then wipe off your outdoor furniture with one swipe.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

The Krud Kutter works great on the railings too. And because it is non-toxic and biodegradable I didn’t have to worry about it harming that hungry vine that must be fed by Seymour (please tell me you’re old enough to remember that movie.)

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Finish by rinsing off the porch and furniture with the hose.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Are you ready for the results?

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder
Here’s the side-by-side before and after comparison:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Yeah baby! At this point, I was so thrilled that I decided to try the Krud Kutter House Wash to get rid of the dirt, pollen and slug trails:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

How to Clean Your Home without Ladders and a Pressure Washer:

Remember that pressure washer I mentioned earlier? I also wanted to buy one so I didn’t have to pay to have our home exterior professionally cleaned. I decided long ago that if I’m going to be around for my kids I need to stop the wet ladder antics. And you can too! Put down your phone, don’t call the Home Pressure Washer Professionals. Instead, grab these supplies and wash your home from the safety of the ground!

Krud Kutter Exterior Clean Up Materials:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder - Krud Kutter House Cleaner

Instructions:

The instructions on the bottle say to spray your home, gutters, and the surrounding plants with water from the garden hose before you begin.  You can do this before or after you connect the bottle of Krud Kutter House Wash to your hose. Make sure the bottle nozzle is set to “OFF” when attaching the hose.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Once the house is saturated, switch the nozzle to “CLEAN” and start spraying your home with the Krud Kutter House Cleaner from top to bottom.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Let the cleanser sit for 5-10 minutes. Set the bottle nozzle to “RINSE” and rinse off the cleanser.

The majority of the house was clean, but there were a few stubborn spots that required a little more scrubbing. I used a sponge to clean some mildew spots on the trim.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

And the broom to scrub some of the petrified leaf debris from the gutters.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

But, the siding looked much cleaner without scrubbing.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

And the whole house had a much more inviting and clean look. Now we won’t be scaring the trick or treaters off before they get to the front door.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Here’s the side-by-side review:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Tile and grout:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

You better believe I’m making room in my garage for these two!

Krud Kutter Cleaners - My Cleaning BFFs

You can buy your own at Lowe’s or your local hardware store. And those smart folks at Krud Kutter have a cleaning product for almost everything! Automotive, rust, driveways and MORE!

And the pressure washer? I’ll be saving that money (and floor space) for something else. 😉

PHGFancySignDisclosure: This post is a sponsored post for Krud Kutter. I was compensated for my time. All opinions and words are my own. Krud Kutter is a company that I was happy to partner with because their products lived up to my expectations (or exceeded them.) Rest assured that I will not partner with brands that I don’t value or respect. 

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  1. Katy Taylor
    Katy Taylor says:

    Please tell me the name of the purple paint on your front door. i’m looking for that exact shade! I didn’t see it in your post about the paint colors in your home. Thank you!

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  2. Shiloh
    Shiloh says:

    May I ask what colors your exterior paint are (both siding and trim)? I have spent a small fortune in paint samples and am about to lose my mind trying to choose. Your colors are beautiful!

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  3. Florence Sadler
    Florence Sadler says:

    Can I use KrudKutter on a wooden deck that has been stained and now needs to be restained? If so
    is there a special Krud Kutter for that job? I’d like instructions on how to use it. Thanks.
    [email protected]

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  4. Michael
    Michael says:

    I must of done something wrong. I bought it a Walmart last week on sale have a bad issue with green mold on North side of house. Did everything as directed did not work not even a little had to use scrub brush.But I guess I will have to get power washer out and us that. Very disappointed also I work for the retail company that I bought from.

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