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Get your outdoor cushions spick and span with this easy DIY cleaner.


It’s the perfect time of year to clean your fabric cushions!

We have a few homemade options to try, but this is one of the best. You can read the blog post here for more options and other methods.

We shared this on Instagram stories the other day and everyone wanted the recipe. It is an older blog post from many years ago, but still a reader favorite.


4 cups warm water

1 tbsp washing soda

1 tsp dish soap

Hydrogen peroxide (optional)

Scrub brush

Rubber hose with spray nozzle


First, shake out your cushions and beat out dust and debris. This step is very important!

Add warm water to a bowl, sprinkle in the washing soda, then add dishwashing liquid. I use blue Dawn because it works best (read this post for more information).

You can also add the solution to a spray bottle if you want to clean quickly. I use the bowl for deep cleaning.

If you have stained cushions, spray some hydrogen peroxide on them.

Oxygenated bleach like peroxide doesn’t remove coloring from fabric, but TEST a spot first. If you don’t have stains, you can skip the peroxide.

Dip your scrub brush into the warm water solution, scrub in a small circular motion all around the cushions. If you sprayed the peroxide, really scrub that area.

Allow the solution to sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with a hose.

Happy May y’all!

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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