How to clean outdoor cushions and save your money

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It's always a good idea to clean your patio furniture cushions before another summer season starts, or even at the end of summer. These cushions can gather a lot of dust and dirt, even food stains too. You may even notice that they have some mold or mildew on them after sitting in the rain and staying damp for too long. Replacing your patio cushions can cost a lot too. Some of the larger patio cushions can cost up to $100 or more, and if you have to buy them for multiple chairs, it can get pretty expensive. So, instead of buying brand new outdoor cushions, you can follow some simple cleaning tips to have them looking as good as new again without having to spend any money. The good thing is, these cushions are meant for the outdoors, so they are really durable and easy to clean, you won't even need a special cleaner, but some good cleaning tips can help. Jessica from Mom 4 Real shares her great cleaning tips with us on how to clean your outdoor cushions the easy and affordable way.

Jessica's husband suggested that they try using their pressure washer to clean their cushions and it worked so well that she shared the process with us so we can try it out too. So if you have a pressure washer, just use it to spray off all of dust, dirt and mold that may be lingering on your cushions. It would help to put them on your driveway on a tarp, or even on your lawn so your grass can get some water in the process. Just be sure to put them on a tarp if you're pressure washing them on your lawn so that you don't spray your grass too hard with the pressure washer. If you don't have a pressure washer, you can also rent one or borrow one from someone you know. You could try using your hose with an attachment that allows you to spray in a pressurized stream, but it may not work the same as a pressure washer. Jessica didn't use any soap or cleaners, but you could try using some gentle, natural house cleaners on yours if you wanted to. Just be sure to use a small amount so that they don't get over saturated with soap.

If you have mold growing on your outdoor cushions, you could use some white vinegar to kill the mold and then spray it off immediately afterwards. Just put some plain white vinegar into a spray bottle and then spray the entire cushion with it making sure to get an even coating. Leave it on the cushions for at least 10 minutes and then use the pressure washer or your hose with an attachment to rinse out the vinegar and blast out any mold or dirt. If the mold is really bad, it may be throughout your cushions in which case you may have to buy new ones, but always try using natural house cleaners first. Other natural house cleaners that get rid of mold and prevent it from returning are tea tree essential oil and baking soda. Another cleaning tip is to leave your cushions out in the sun to dry which will kill mold and mildew, and it will also help to lighten any stains that are on them too. You can find more cleaning tips and tricks on Mom 4 Real, and she also teaches us how to make our own natural house cleaners so that we can save money. It's also great to know exactly what is in your cleaning products too.***

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