Spring Clean Your Outdoor Living Spaces

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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.

Back Patio

  • 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!

Dark Leaf Stains

  • Start by scrubbing the leaf stains with a mix of baking soda and a small amount of water.

Scrub Stains with Baking Soda

  • 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.

Leaf Stains Cleaned Off Patio

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

Non-toxic cleaners

  • Fill the bucket with warm water
  • Add 1 – 2 ounces of dishsoap
  • Use the brush or a wet rag to wipe down all furniture

Wipe Down Outdoor FurnitureDon’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.

Clean outdoor light fixtures

Finally, don’t forget to give your BBQ grill a good cleaning! Here’s how to do it quickly, easily and non-toxically:

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Be Sure to Visit These Other Hostesses to Get More Great Spring Cleaning Tips:

Spring Clean : The Why :: Home-EC 101
Spring Clean: Bathrooms :: i Dream of Clean
Spring Clean: Floors and Windows :: Amy’s Finer Things
Spring Clean: The Kitchen :: Tidy Mom
Spring Clean: Home Office :: Untrained Housewife
Spring Clean: Declutter Around the House :: Live Renewed
Spring Clean : Main Living Area :: Biblical Homemaking
Spring Clean: Conquering the Kids’ Room :: Living Well Spending Less
Spring Clean: Outdoor Living Spaces :: The Greenbacks Gal
Spring Clean: Garage and Cars :: Organize365

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Comments

  1. Fave place to clean: the kitchen, I feel good when it’s done! Least fave: bathroom!

  2. Juli Mcclellan says:

    Outdoor cleaning is definitely my least favorite place to clean, if I’m outside I want to be having fun not working hard 🙂

  3. The outside of all the windows are my least favorite thing to clean!

  4. Angela Shimel says:

    I hate cleaning the showers!

  5. I hate cleaning all together, laundry floors, counters, the fridge….but it has to be done.

  6. My least favorite thing to clean is the ceiling! Seriously…how do they get that dirty?

  7. Heather H. says:

    I am going to work on cleaning out the garage and attic space. We tend to horde things there since they are out of sight. Plus I need to go through and clean blinds and windows. I am bad about that through the winter.

  8. Megan W. says:

    Least favorite place to clean is the hanging blinds in our living room. Ugh!

  9. Tracy C. says:

    My car!

  10. Ugh….hate cleaning the boys bathroom…….when will their aim ever improve?

  11. Cheryl ~ Considering the men I know, I don’t think their aim ever does improve! 🙂 Thanks for entering the Spring Clean ~ Andrea

  12. Tracy ~ I think I win for the world’s dirtiest car! I don’t like cleaning it either. I do, however, like going through the carwash. I’ll bring the girls smoothies to drink in the car, pick them up from school, and we go. It’s our thing. 🙂 Thanks for entering the Spring Clean ~ Andrea

  13. Megan ~ There is no good way to clean blinds, is there? And they just get dusty again within a week! (at least they do at my house!) Thanks for entering the Spring Clean! Andrea

  14. Heather ~ We too are attic stashers. Makes me tired to think about everything that is up there! Thanks for entering the Spring Clean, Andrea

  15. Sara – That is the best question! Cracked me up too! Thanks for entering the Spring Clean ~ Andrea

  16. Dixie – Not only does all the cleaning have to get done, but it has to get done over, and over, and over….. Thanks for entering the Spring Clean! Andrea

  17. Angela – Ditto! The showers are never fun. Thanks for entering the Spring Clean ~ Andrea

  18. My favorite place to clean is in the living room b/c I can watch TV at the same time as being productive. I know it sounds bad, but I rarely watch TV, so it’s a nice treat.

    Jenn

  19. Dionne Johnson says:

    New to your blog & I like it! I would have to say cleaning the shower is the worst~we have hard water & it’s just no fun!

  20. We have plans to spring clean our outdoor living space the first weekend of April.

  21. my least favorite place to clean is the bathroom!

  22. I enjoy cleaning up the yard one the snow melts. Any excuse to be outside is lovely. The hardest for me to clean is the car – my car enjoys carrying around ‘extras’!

  23. Julie Bruner says:

    My least favorite place to clean is the bathroom. 🙁 Ick!

  24. I like cleaning the living room-easy. The kitchen-hard

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