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How to clean patio cushions

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Inside: Clean your dirty patio cushions with this simple DIY cleaning hack! It freshens cushions that you can’t toss in the washing machine and it helps keep mold and bugs out.

I’m all about the simple cleaning hacks and nothing feels better than pulling out the patio furniture after a long winter stuck inside. But inevitably, the cushions are in need of a bit of TLC. Sometimes they get damp over the winter in storage, or sometimes we just don’t properly clean them before storing them at the end of the season. 


We also make sure we pressure wash the deck and the siding on our house and I always spruce up the patio with some additional flowers and inexpensive decor. This year, we are committed to planting even more grass in the yard and it’s going to be so lush and amazing!

Either way, if you want to clean your patio cushions properly, here’s how you do it.

Mixing the Cleaning Solution

If you’ve read through the cleaning section of this blog, then you probably recognize the power of Qxygen Bleach. It really works to scrub tough stains and to get rid of nasty moldy smells. 

This solution uses the power of oxygen bleach along with stain boosting laundry detergent. I mix those together with dish soap in some warm water and then used elbow grease to just scrub down the cushions. dirty patio cushsions

If you want to try using a hose, you could, but that could damage the foam in the cushions and it will take a lot longer to dry. 

laundry soap oxygen bleach soapy bucket of water

How to clean patio cushions

Freshen your outdoor patio cushions with this simple homemade cleaning hack!


  • bucket of warm water
  • dish soap (2-3 squeezes)
  • 1/2 lid of stain fighting laundry soap
  • 1/2 scoop of oxygen bleach crystals


  1. Pour all the cleaning solutions into your bucket of water and let the crystals dissolve.
  2. Using a rag, scrub the solution into the patio cushions in circular motions.
  3. Hang the cushions to dry (if possible) or simple stand them up to allow any water to bead down and pool off.
  4. They should be good to go in about 24 hours.

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If you want to check out some other uses for oxygen bleach, have a look at how I use it to deep clean my stainless steel sink!

You might also want to see our DIY Chevron privacy wall tutorial. We had to take it down after a hurricane – but we are plotting to add it back into the space at some point soon. 

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