Quick Tip: Clean Outdoor Furniture On The Cheap

Quick Tip: Clean Outdoor Furniture On The Cheap

Sarah Rae Smith
May 21, 2009

Outdoor furniture can take quite a beating. It might get hit with salty ocean air of the coasts, or be drenched in stagnant humidity in the Midwest, but no matter where you live, your outdoor furniture will need a hand staying clean. Sure, you can pressure wash it, but only if you have a driveway. So what about the folks who only have a terrace or balcony? Read on for our eco-friendly method using supplies you probably already have around the house!

In our own home we've used this method several times with great success. In fact, it works well enough we use it just once a year in the Spring to keep things looking fresh and new. Here's how:

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/4 Cup Liquid Dish Soap (whatever you have on hand is fine)
  • 1 Cup Borax Washing Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 Gallon Warm Tap Water

    Directions: Mix all ingredients thoroughly and use a small scrub brush to give your pieces a once over. Rinse, and repeat if there are any repeat offending stains.

    Note: Peroxide can have an ill effect on a small portion of fabrics , although usually only when left on for a great length of time (think a few hours) and when used on those which aren't meant for outdoor use. Make sure to work on one piece at a time, rinsing as you go, before moving onto the next piece to avoid any problems.

    We haven't found a surface yet that this mixture can't clean, although if you're looking for more specific methods of cleaning your hardworking outdoor surfaces, check out these links for more information:

  • How To: Clean Patio Furniture
  • How To: Clean (Really Dirty) Outdoor Furniture
  • Sneak Peek: Outdoor Furniture Cleaning & Care

    (Images: Amazon.com & Planetsave)

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