Cleaning Patio Cushions

– Vacuum
– Bucket
– Warm water
– Dishwashing liquid
– Borax
– Sponge
– Scrub brush

– Towels
– Fabric protector spray


  1. Pile up your outdoor pillows! Unzip cases wherever possible and run them through the wash following the instructions on the tags. Then turn your attention to the cushions. Remove any loose dirt and dust from them using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. If your cushions are tufted, be sure to run the attachment carefully over the crevices, seams, and any buttons.
  2. Next, mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquidin a bucket of warm water. If your cushions have mildew on them, add 1/4 cup of borax or oxy clean to the solution as well. Generously sponge the sudsy solution onto your cushions, and let them soak for 15 minutes.
  3. If you still see stubborn dirty spots after soaking, apply more of the cleaning solution and gently rub out the spots with a scrub brush.
  4. Thoroughly rinse the cushions off with clean warm water.
  5. Wrap a towel around the cushion to blot up the majority of the water, then stand the cushion up on end to air-drycompletely. Make sure no moisture remains, otherwise you’ll find yourself facing a regrowth of mildew.
  6. Once your cushions are dry, spray them with a fabric protector, such as Scotchgard Water & Sun Shield. Taking this step will make it much easier to keep those cushions clean!

Now is the Time to Check Off The Chores Done A Couple of Times a Year

There are probably a few household chores you do 2 – 4 times a year.  For example, clean the refrigerator, clean the oven, clean the windows, dust the blinds and fans, flip your mattress, move furniture to clean behind and under them.

To prevent getting overwhelmed with the addition of household maintenance that’s done a few times a year, put a few of the items in your calendar each month or every other month so you’re not feeling like it all needs to take place at once.

For example, in May the windows, blinds and ceiling fans will be washed.  In July move furniture to clean behind and under everything.  In September clean the refrigerator and oven and in November Flip your mattress.

Then you can repeat this rotation beginning with the new year.  Using an electronic calendar will easily keep you up to date and give you reminders.


Cleaning Dirty Garage Floor in Winter


Your garage floor is filthy with the salt and dirt from melted snow.  

First with a push broom, sweep as much of the salt and dirt out of the garage.

Second, mix up a solution of 1 gallon of very warm water to 1 cup of vinegar with a squirt of dish soap. Pour the solution onto the stains and scrub with a stiff deck brush.

Third, wet vac to remove the residue first and then rinse liberally with water.  If you don’t have a wet vac, use the push broom again to push the loose dirt and water out of garage.  Prevent as little water in garage so it won’t be slippery if re-freezes.

Don’t Throw Away the Unmatched Sock!

Though it is frustrating to finish folding laundry and find you have a lone soldier sock.  Don’t throw it away, because there a many things an unmatched sock can be helpful with around the house.

  1.  Pull it down the end of a yard stick to dust all the lint from under the washer and dryer.
  2. Put your hand in the sock to dust window blinds
  3. Cut down the length of the sock.  Attach it to Micro Fiber Handle to dust the floors.