Inevitably it is as I’m escorting my guests out back that I discover the birds have yet again mistaken my patio furniture for their personal outhouse. And then that one person wearing white sits on the barstool previously occupied by a three year old with a popsicle …
Fortunately, Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds is the stuff for the job. It can clean all this up and more (even the white clothes, but that’s another post). As good as it is cleaning inside the house, it is possibly even better outside. Just make up a bucket with a small squirt and you’re good to go.
As I explain in the video, Sal Suds outperforms Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap in outdoor use because true soaps like Castile Soap react with minerals everpresent in the environment and can leave a harmless but stubborn white-ish film. So, while Castile Soap does clean up outdoor furniture (see below), this is a place where you’d want to pick Sal Suds given the option.
And best of all, Sal Suds is perfectly safe. There are certainly many other products that can get rid of gunk, but the problem is they don’t stop there. They are also exceedingly harmful to our health and toxic to the environment. And guess what! Outside is the environment! Sometimes I feel like I need to state the obvious.
I want my outdoor furniture to sparkle just as much as the next host, but I want to keep things easy on myself too. I do have my priorities.
Here’s a quick how-to summarized from the video:
Add ½ Tbsp. (7.5 mL) Sal Suds to a bucket of water. Dampen a cloth or dip stiff brush and clean patio tables, chairs, lounges, cushions, and pillows. At this dilution there’s no need to rinse. Dry furniture to prevent water spots, particularly in hard water conditions.
If all you have is the Castile Soap, you can make a similar washing bucket with 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) Castile in a bucket of water. Wash furniture over grass or dirt to prevent white residue on bricks or concrete. After washing the furniture, dry fully with a cloth
On clear glass tabletops, use the above dilution to clean off dust, dirt, and grime, then follow up with undiluted club soda in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth. The club soda removes any water spots and won’t harm the paint.
Sal Suds and Castile Soap readily biodegrade. This means it’s okay to let the water run off into garden beds.
For more info on safe cleaners, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. It’s a great resource that I learn from often.