Green Cleaning Tips for Patios

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Now that Spring is here, many people clean the inside of their homes from top to bottom, but they sometimes forget about the outside. Grills, patio furniture, and outdoor toys need to be cleaned from time to time as well. It’s important to be environmentally responsible, so green cleaning is a great way to remove dirt, yet protect nature’s beauty. We did some research and found some great tips that we thought we’d share with you.

All you need to get started are a few items that you probably already have in your kitchen. A little bit of baking soda, salt, and vinegar go a long way when it comes to cleaning. A cup of baking soda mixed with warm water can do wonders for your patio furniture. You just wipe it onto the furniture and rinse it off to reveal furniture that’s free of dirt and grease. Scrubbing white wicker furniture with saltwater and then rinsing it off can help it from getting a yellow tinge. Be sure to let it dry in the sun, rotating it periodically so that every side dries. Wood decks that are stained with grease from an outdoor grill can be easily cleaned with baking soda. All you have to do is sprinkle baking soda on the stain, let it sit there for an hour, and then sweep it up. Scrubbing grill racks with elbow grease and a stiff brush can help clean up burned food. It works even better if the grill is slightly warm but definitely not hot. If that doesn’t take off all the burned food, you can sprinkle baking soda, rub it with some vinegar, and then rinse off the grill racks. Pool and outdoor toys can be cleaned by mixing ¼ cup of baking soda with a quart of warm water.

Next time you get ready to do some spring cleaning, don’t forget about your outdoor area. Grab some household items and get your patio or deck ready for entertaining.

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