How To Clean Your Outdoor Cushions Naturally


Patio Furniture

Patio Furniture (Photo credit: VancityAllie)


It may seem a little weird to be talking about cleaning up your patio furniture in September…. but after a spring and summer of use and abuse it isn’t a bad idea to give them a scrub down before storing them away for the winter. It also doesn’t hurt to get the grime off of outdoor cushions and fabrics that may spend the cooler months in a enclosed porch or sunroom. The method is pretty simple and won’t take longer than an hour plus dry time (depending on how many cushions you have)! So let’s get started…




  • 1/4 cup of mild detergent
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 gallon of lukewarm water
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Bristle brush
  • Cellulose sponge
  • Garden hose




  1. Combine the detergent, vinegar, and water in the bucket. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle to ensure even distribution of the cleaning solution.
  2. Using the bristled brush remove any debris from the cushions to reduce scrub time later.
  3. Spray the brushed cushions with the cleaning solutions liberally and allow to sit for 15 minutes to ensure the solution will saturate the material and break down the dirt.
  4. Wipe soiled areas of the cushions with the cellulose sponge (not a scouring pad or sponge) to loosen dirt and remove stains.
  5. Allow the cushions to sit for another 15 minutes and then hose them down to remove the remaining dirt, debris, and cleaning solution.
  6. Place the cushion flat on the ground to dry. Once the top of the cushion is dry, flip it over to let the bottom dry. It is important to let your cushions throughly dry out to prevent mildew!


Cleaning your cushions after a season of use and before you store them will help keep the dirt from setting in, and will make spring time prep even easier! When do you usually clean your outdoor cushions?



  1. Good article.I’ve really having trouble cleaning with unusual stuff for my patio,your solution is really helpful for my patio furniture,thank you for posting.

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