Cleaning gutters is really not that hard. Get out your ladder and position it so that you can reach the gutters. Start by removing all the big stuff such as twigs and bigger sticks that have gotten into the gutter. These bigger items can be removed with your hands. What is left can be pretty yucky? There is a mud like substance that is made up of water, decomposing leaves, newer leaves, and smaller sticks that you won't want to touch. So use a scoop made out of a mild container that is cut in half. Use the cut milk container to scoop out the muck. Clean the gutter screen and then flush out the gutters with a hose. Make sure that the gutters are sloped towards the downspout with a level while you are up there. The gutter must slope towards the downspout to drain properly.