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I’ve had some questions about how I clean my outdoor furniture cushions lately so I took a few pics when I cleaned them last week! I love this time of year when the sun is shining and kids are swimming and it’s time to clean off outdoor furniture. Also it’s lilac season! Do you have lilacs blooming where you live? We don’t see them much in San Diego (they are harder to grow in climates like ours that never get a long period of winter chill). My grandma had a beautiful lilac bush in her yard and when I was little spending time at her house I remember how much I loved that bush and the way it smelled! They have always been one of my favorite flowers. Remember when I found lilacs in my grocery store for the first time and was so excited?
That excitement didn’t last long when they started to look like this the next evening! I love lilacs. But this? I just can’t. Those little purple petals were everywhere!
So I’ve gone faux and have never been happier. How gorgeous is this arrangement!? So realistic looking. Plus they are huge! I love them. These purple stems are currently sold out but are still available in pink. I did some hunting on-line and have found a few other fun options if you want mess free lilacs in your home this summer too! Pair them next to a bowl full of lemons and you just updated your space for summer. :) (This cute top and other favorites are linked in my last fashion post!)
My friend has these gorgeous faux lilac stems that are also beautiful! A lot smaller and less expensive which is nice too. I also found two other great realistic looking options here and here. Such a fun and easy way to bring summer into your home!
Now that we have the table arrangement covered it’s time to get our outdoor furniture cleaned and summer ready! Last year we got this beautiful outdoor furniture set and because it sits on our back porch and is covered I didn’t even think about bringing the cushions inside during the winter.
That was a mistake I won’t make next year! The white cushions were filthy! Can you tell where the pillows were sitting on this couch? Ha.
Two of the cushions I didn’t photograph were even worse with bird poop all over them! So much fun right?
It’s actually really easy to clean outdoor furniture cushions so I’ll share my simple process!
First I spray off a section of my pavers with the hose so I’m not setting them down on more dirt. Then I bring out all of my cushions and lay them flat and spray them off. You can use a hose or a pressure washer for this.. I always just use our hose. Some of the dirt will come off just from spraying them.
Then get a bucket and fill it about half full with a few squirts of mild dish soap and about a cup of Borax. (I only filled this bucket 1/4 full because it’s huge!) I used to just do this with mild dish soap but I once read that adding Borax makes a big difference so I’ve been doing it that way and it does! Looks like Addison’s lingering slime supplies came in handy after all. ;) You also need a good scrub brush with a handle!
Then just start scrubbing! Kole loves to do anything that involves spraying things with the hose so when he saw me cleaning the cushions he hopped out of the pool to assist. :) I like to start on one end of the cushion and just work my way across.. put some muscle in it and really scrub and keep rinsing off your scrub brush with the cleaning solution. You’ll be amazed how clean you can get your cushions with a little soap and scrubbing!
When you’re done scrubbing spray off all of the soap. Then flip the cushion and do the same thing on the other side! After scrubbing both sides spray them off one more time holding them up off of the ground so you get ALL of the dirt off. Then I fold them in half as best as I can to wring some of the water out.
After that just find a sunny spot in your yard to prop them up to dry! They will sparkle so clean in the sun and you will feel oh so accomplished! :)
I love May. Like many of you moms out there I’m usually running around to 368 end of the year activities with all of the school and extra curricular stuff for the kids winding down. Some of that I miss this year (and my heart goes out to all of the seniors!). But I don’t miss the stress, the overwhelm, the long days with a never ending to-do list and little sleep. Over the past few years May has become even busier than December for me so while our current situation is hard, I’m trying to focus on the positive this month and enjoy a slower start to summer with my kids. I hope you are all able to do the same. We’ve got plenty of time to clean our outdoor furniture cushions!
Such a gift. ;)