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Easily Clean Your Patio Furniture with This Pantry Staple

Paper lanterns are hung above gray, resin patio furniture.
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Your patio furniture is likely some of the sturdiest stuff you own. While it might seem indestructible, it still needs some care, and cleaning it can be much easier than you think.

All you need to clean your patio furniture is some baking soda. The first thing to know, though, is that this trick is specifically for plastic or wicker resin furniture. If you have wood or another material, baking soda won’t do the trick—in fact, it could cause damage.

For plastic and resin owners, though, just grab your water hose, some baking soda, and a washcloth.

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First, turn on your water and set it to its highest pressure level. Then, spray down your furniture letting the strong flow get rid of any grime, dirt, or debris stuck in the crevices. Once thoroughly rinsed, sprinkle baking soda over the furniture. Thanks to its abrasive quality, it makes a great, gentle cleanser.

Once sprinkled, wipe down the furniture with a washcloth, scrubbing at stubborn places. Rinse again with warm water. If you have any particularly stubborn stains, you can grab another pantry staple, distilled white vinegar. Wipe down the area with the vinegar and rinse again.

Finally, if you want a bit of extra shine, spray down the furniture with WD-40 and wipe it clean.

Have multiple types of patio furniture? Check out our handy guide to cleaning nearly every material.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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