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Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

Are you looking for an easy way to clean plastic patio furniture?  Look no further.  We have two solutions for you.

Option 1: Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

In this example, we have two white plastic lounge chairs.  They stay outside for the winter, due to the lack of shed storage space.

Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio FurnitureThis year, the patio chairs were looking especially dirty.  I decided to pull them onto the grass and attempt to clean them.  I usually have resin patio furniture cleaner on hand, but must have run out.  So I opted for some simple liquid dishwashing soap and a sponge.  Here’s what I did:

Step 1: Wet the chairs with water

Step 2: Put some liquid dishwashing soap on the chair.

Step 3: Wash the chair with a sponge.  In our case, I didn’t have to work hard at all to get the grime off.  In fact it was so easy that our two young sons offered to help.

Step 4: Rinse with water.

Not bad for a quick cleaning, right?  If your patio furniture is very dirty, you may need to purchase a product made especially for the job.

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Option 2: Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

If your patio furniture stains are not coming off easily, then you may need to try another cleaning product like Scotts Plus Oxi Outdoor Cleaner which attaches to your garden hose.  It is made by Scotts, the same company that distributes lawn fertilizer.  It is safe for lawns and surrounding plants, and contains no phosphates.

If you prefer not to attach a bottle to a garden hose, they also make the same product in a spray bottle: Outdoor Cleaner Plus Oxi Clean Rtu Liquid.  This comes in handy if you only have one or two lawn chairs, and just want to do a quick cleaning.

One additional tip:  This Scotts Cleaner is also sold in concentrate.  You’ll notice that the two products we listed above are RTU which stands for Ready To Use.  If you have a lot of cleaning to do, you may want to consider the concentrated version which needs to be mixed with water before using.

Overall, cleaning should be an easy process.  Our motto is, “If you’re working too hard to clean something, then you’re not using the right cleaning product.”

Happy cleaning!

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Ideas for Organizing Ball Caps

Are you looking for ideas for organizing ball caps or hats?  We’ve looked into several ways to keep ball caps organized. Check out these three systems to see which one works best for you.

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Organize Ball Caps with an Over the Door Cap Rack Organizer

Organize Ball Caps Over the Door

This one is simple.  Just open the box and hang the Cap Rack Organizer over a closet door.  This one holds up to 36 hats!

Organize Baseball Hats with Hooks

Ideas for Organizing Ball Caps: Hats on hooks

This Coat and Hat Rack has six hooks, and keeps everything nice and tidy.  It also comes in a black or wood finish. Installation is fairly simple, but you’ll need a few tools like a ruler to measure, and a screwdriver to hang it securely.

Store Ball Caps in Bins

Hats in bin

While spring cleaning, I added this feature to our mudroom.  It’s a simple over-sized bin which sits on top of our ClosetMaid Stackable Shoe Organizer.  This system really works for us.  When we come home, the boys can simply take off their hats, and leave them in the bin.  When we are ready to leave, the hats are right there by the door. We love the deep size of this bin, and it comes in many colors which you can see here: ClosetMaid Bin

Closetmaid Bin

Right now, we have about 8 or 10 hats in the bin, but we could fit many more.  It’s spring, so many of them are baseball caps.  In the fall, I’ll take out the caps with football teams on them.  The baseball themed caps will go in a box stored in the coat closet.  Pretty simple, right?

Happy organizing!

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