Secrets to Cleaning Patio Furniture with Enviro-Friendly Products

It is that time of year again. Dreaming about BBQs and sitting in the back yard with friends. We’ve pulled the patio furniture out of the shed or the garage and it looks like the raccoons have been partying on the chairs, somehow an entire acre of dirt and dust has built up over the course of 5 months.

Or maybe you got a great deal on a patio set on Tradyo but it needs a little TLC.

Time to clean.

But, before you get out the degreasers and commercially available patio furniture cleaning products, Remember, most commercial cleaning products are expensive and may contain harsh, toxic chemicals that can harm your lawns, children, small birds, bees, and pets if not completely rinsed away after use.

I found some great alternatives that work just as well.  We have most of these products in the kitchen already and using them will not break the bank.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda makes a great, mostly harmless cleaner for resin furniture.  Add enough water to make a thin paste.  grab a sponge and scrub and wipe away dirt and stains.


Keep vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to remove any mould or mildew that has found its way onto your furniture over the winter.   This is pet and kid friendly. Vinegar sprayed on 1:1 with water is also a good cleaner for metal furniture and glass tabletops.

Dish Detergent

Dish detergent, while not natural, is a pretty safe cleaner for plastic furniture.  Do this in the driveway, not on the lawn as it can damage grass.   Rinse thoroughly or you may have a surprise the next time it rains!  Dish detergent works well on metal furniture as well.

Hoses and Rinsing

A little warning here.  If you have a pressure washer, be very careful using it.  If your furniture is painted and there is even a small scratch or tiny bit of paint has chipped off, the pressure washer may make that tiny scratch a whole lot bigger in seconds!  Best to use a regular hose with a spray attachment.

Preventative Measures

Metal furniture can be kept oxidation-free using the same paste wax you use for your car.  Wipe on.  Let Dry.  Buff off.  This creates a nice protective layer.

This blog has a good recipe for cleaning chair cushions.

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