Have you struggled with how to clean your patio cushions?

Spring has sprung and that means lots and lots of time outdoors.

Who wants to sit on a dirty, mildewed patio cushion?

Not me!

And, I don’t want to buy new cushions either.

We have had our outdoor patio furniture for 5 years. However, it is constantly covered in dirt and grime.

We live in a constant construction zone.

One day, in the near future, there will be an end to this construction. I will not be buying new patio furniture.

And, right now, on the weekends when the construction equipment is parked, we love to sit on the patio.

I still don’t want to sit in the filth.

Here is the method I have found to clean my cushions that I have found to work fabulously! Even on white cushions.

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5 gallon bucket

1/2 cup granular Tide

1/2 cup Borax


1/2 cup vinegar

Lint free rag or cloth

water hose with jet spray nozzle


  1. Place the Tide, Borax, and vinegar in the 5 gallon bucket.
  2. Add the vinegar.
  3. Using your water hose, gently fill the bucket with water. (You do not have to be exact).
  4. The mixture will foam up so don’t turn the water on full blast.
  5. Using a lint free rag, sponge the mixture onto your cushions and pillows liberally.
  6. Use a scrub brush to work on any stains.
  7. After generously soaking the entire cushion, place them in the sun for 15 minutes.
  8. After the first 15 minutes, flip them and repeat the process for another 15 minutes.
  9. Next, turn your hose sprayer to jet and spray the cushions with water until no suds run out.
  10. Flip the cushions on their side, zipper side down and allow to dry completely.
  11. You are now ready to enjoy your just like new patio cushions the entire season.
adding detergent to a 5 gallon bucket to clean patio cushions - J Dub By Design™
Add Borax and Tide to vinegar in 5 gallon bucket.
adding water to detergent in 5 gallon bucket to clean patio cushions - J Dub By Design™
Using water hose, fill bucket with water.
Jennifer Williams cleaning outdoor patio cushions - J Dub By Design™
Sponge the soap mixture onto the cushions using a lint free cloth or sponge and allow to sit in sun.
Jennifer Williams rinsing outdoor patio cushions off with a water hose - J Dub By Design™
Hose the cushions off with clean water and allow to dry.

Your clean cushions will smell and look amazing. And, you will enjoy your clean cushions on patio season long.

I do this method about 5 times during patio season. This method has never worn my cushions out.

In fact, they still look brand new.

Drop me a comment and let me know what you think of my patio cushion cleaning method.

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