Basic Repairs for Moms

2 Ways To Keep Your Chain Link Fence Clean

If you want to keep your chain link fence in good shape, you need to spend some time cleaning it at least once a year. Cleaning your chain link fence help keep it looking nice and is a great way to spot and treat rust before it becomes a larger issue.

#1 Clean It Off with Borax

One of the best cleaning products to use on your chain link fence is Borax. Borax is an environmentally friendly cleaning option, since you will be using the cleaning solution outside. Although you could use dish soap, Borax is a little friendly to the environment. A big advantage of using Borax as well is that it is also a natural pesticide, so any Borax that gets left behind will help to keep pests away from your chain link fence area.

Borax is a power-based cleaned, so you are going to need to mix it with water. The Borax box should provide you with information on how to dilute it. Mix together the borax with water, and pour the solution into an outdoor water pump sprayer.

Spray the solution onto your chain link fence, focusing on spraying the areas that are dirtier first. After you spray you chain link fence, allow the solution to sit for about ten minutes on your fence, then rinse your fence clean with some water.

If there are any areas where the dirt doesn't dissipate after you spray and rinse it, use a scrub brush to get the dirt off those areas.

#2 Kill Mold with White Spirit Vinegar

If you have some mold growing on your chain link fenced, you are going to want to remove it right away. Although bleach is traditionally used to kill mold on non-porous surfaces, bleach is not that friendly to the environment, so you should avoid using it on your chain link fence.

Instead, to kill mold or mildew on your chain link fence, purchase some white spirit vinegar. White spirit vinegar will not harm plants and other life around your chain link fence, but is a strong anti-bacteria and anti-viral that will kill any mold and mildew growing on your chain link fence.

Mix together two parts white vinegar with three parts water. Apply the solution to your fence and let it soak in for a few minutes. Then, scrub away the mold and mildew. Be sure to wear gloves and a face mask to keep the mold spores off of yourself. After you are done scrubbing away the mold, rinse the area off with some water.

You should not have to clean your chain link fence that often, it is something you only need to do about once a year. Visit a site like for more help.

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Basic Repairs for Moms

Hi, my name is Annie Sullivan. I'm a stay-at-home mom with four kids between the ages of 1 and 7. Two of them are twins: they're 3. Let me tell you--you learn a lot as a mom that you would never expect! Not only am I chef, chauffeur, teacher, and caretaker, but I also have become an amateur repair man, plumber, and construction worker. I do more heavy lifting and repair work than I ever imagined. Do you know how many Barbies can fit down a toilet drain? It's quite surprising. Do you know how to get them out? I do. I've learned a lot of this just through trial and error--and the internet. I also had my husband teach me some tricks, since I usually can't wait until he gets home to solve the problem. Hopefully you other moms out there can learn something from this site!