Summer is here and that means the outdoor entertaining season is officially upon us. If you’re like me, you may not have paid quite as much attention as you should have when putting away the patio furniture for the winter, which means there is a bit of work to do before you have guests over. With a little OxyClean Versatile Stain Remover, some elbow grease, and some water you can make your backyard back into the oasis you’ve been dreaming of since the first flurries began to fly back in the fall.
Our patio chairs can look dingy after a season or two of use – pollen, dirt, and grime all combine to make your light coloured patio furniture look older than it is. There are cleaners out there specifically to target patio furniture but they’re expensive and then you end up with another bottle of cleaner in your closet. Why not use something that’s already in the house? I keep OxyClean Versatile Stain Remover in the laundry room for tough stains on clothes but love that I can use it to clean patio furniture too. Of course, the cushions on the chairs can be renewed by soaking them in OxyClean Versatile Stain Remover and water for up to 6 hours and then launder as normal. For the rocking chairs, I just mix it with water according to the directions on the package, spray it on, wait a couple of minutes, scrub it off, and rinse. It’s easy, environmentally friendly, and even the kids can help get the patio looking great.
I love hanging out in my garden but hate weeds. Why is it that weeds have a better grip in the soil than the plants I’ve lovingly chosen and planted? One of my secret weed busting tips is to water the weeds right before pulling them. Yes, I feel a little silly watering the weeds but it’s worth it when they pop right out. Another trick I love to use to make my patio pop year to year is to use planters and rotate them around the yard. Some of the planters are heavy so I use physics to my advantage and get on a roll! A dolly or a wagon helps save my back from strain and I can get the satisfaction of a new view without spending money on new plants. Planting perennial plants in the planters is a great way to save money year after year. The plants come back every year so I don’t need to go out and buy new ones, and for the plants that have a tendency of taking over (I’m looking at you mint), putting them in planters keeps them from spreading throughout the entire garden.
A weekend spent cleaning the patio furniture and getting my garden in order can leave me with sore, aching muscles. Fortunately, I always keep a tube of Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream on hand. After a nice shower to rinse the dirt and pollen off, I apply Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream to all the muscles that are sore from overuse and go to bed. The non-greasy formula means it won’t stain my PJs or my sheets and it starts working really quickly so I can sleep comfortably and be ready to tackle the rest of the week.
I love summertime and having people over to the house. With OxyClean Versatile Stain Remover, water, and some elbow grease I can have the best looking patio on the block. When I overdo it (as I am wont to do) there’s always Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream to save my aching muscles. What tips do you use to get summer ready at your house?