Whether it is a porch, a patio, a balcony, or a stoop, once the weather changes, most of us start to use these spaces as an outdoor living space. But do you ever think to add them to your spring cleaning routine?
I’ve got a few tips and hints for cleaning your outdoor living space – non-toxically of course! – to get it ready to use as an extension of your home.
- Start with your pots. I always use branches from our Christmas tree and pinecones I’ve collected to decorate my pots once my flowers and herbs have died. Come spring, I put all the pinecones in a basket in the garage and turn the branches into mulch.
- If you use terra cotta pots, they need to be emptied and scrubbed to keep them from harboring mold or fugus that will harm your plants. All you need to do is empty them of any old dirt and scrub them with a wire brush or steel wool and hot water.
- When you move your pots, you may find they trapped leaves that have stained your concrete patio. To remove these stains, you want to use non-toxic cleaners, especially if your patio is next to your grass!
- Start by scrubbing the leaf stains with a mix of baking soda and a small amount of water.
- After you have scrubbed the stains with baking soda, pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide over. Allow it to sit for several minutes before rinsing off.
The leaf stains are gone! Sorry, I haven’t figured out how to clean off the rust stains non-toxically yet! Quite frankly, I just move my pots back over them to cover them up.
Next, you want to give all your outdoor furniture, your window screens, and your outdoor fixtures a quick clean-up.
You will need:
- A bucket
- Biodegradable liquid dishwash detergent
- A soft bristled scrub brush
- Fill the bucket with warm water
- Add 1 – 2 ounces of dishsoap
- Use the brush or a wet rag to wipe down all furniture
Don’t forget to wash your window screens and windows. If you’ve done any spring cleaning on the inside, once you throw open your windows to let the fresh air in, you run the risk of all the dust that has accumulated on your window screens blowing back in.
- Again, fill the bucket with warm water and biodegradable dish soap
- DO NOT use ammonia. If you have aluminum screens, it will ruin the color
- Use the soft bristled brush to clean screens. BRUSH SOFTLY so you do not damage the screens
- Rinse with a hose and allow to dry before replacing
To clean windows non-toxically:
- Fill a spray bottle with 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water
- Spray windows with solution
- Wipe off with balled up newspaper to prevent streaking
Don’t forget to wipe down any outside light fixtures and to dust off the light bulbs and remove any cobwebs.
Finally, don’t forget to give your BBQ grill a good cleaning!
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