It is the time of year when many people are finally able to enjoy a nice meal outdoors with their friends and family, it is…..barbecue season! There really is nothing quite like grilling up some steaks or burgers, while enjoying the nice fresh air and warm temperatures this time of year provides. However, before there can be any barbecuing, the patio must be cleaned first. Luckily, this article from the good people at Seventh Generation, has a few tips on how to naturally clean your patio, so you can start grilling and entertaining asap!
DIY All-Natural Concrete Patio Cleaner
It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy and sanitized home environment involves effort and consistency. Occupied with what is going on inside our residence, we often forget that the home exterior also requires certain dedication.
Often, the outdoor patio, in particular, suffers most from the family activity. Because of persistent stains, your patio can require deep cleaning with heavy (and usually toxic) cleaners. Furthermore, some of these compounds are not biodegradable, meaning that they will stay in the soil of your yard for a long time.
For those passionate about green and healthy cleaning, the battle with the stains is not lost. You can still make your patio sparkling clean—without the volatile ingredients—by making your own affordable, efficient, and natural cleaning products. Most of the ingredients for your natural super detergent can be found in your kitchen cabinet.
If you are a “green” enthusiast when it comes to cleaning, you are probably not surprised that vinegar takes a top position in the ingredient cabinet. Its acid qualities hep dissolve even the most rooted dirt. To create a basic concrete patio cleaner, you will need distilled vinegar, water, and a spray bottle. Depending on how strong you want your solution, you can add more or less water. If you want a strong detergent then use only vinegar. Spray the solution over the surface and wait for 20 minutes, then scrub it with a brush. Finish by mopping the area. This ingredient will not only get rid of the spots, but it will also effectively kill the weeds in between patio stones. Eliminate vinegar’s unpleasant scent by adding 20 to 50 drops of essential oil.
For lifting light to medium spots from the concrete, mix one cup of white vinegar with salt in a bucket of warm water. Get a brush and start scrubbing.
Unlike vinegar, baking soda is alkyl. Its abrasive structure is suitable for the rough surfaces of the patio. You can either apply the baking over the stained area or you can use it in a mixture. The first option is to create vinegar and soda pasta. Mix the two ingredients until the solution becomes consistent. Then you should apply it over the stained section and clean it with a brush.
You can clean almost everything with a bleach and soda solution. Make a paste by using 2 parts bleach and 3 parts baking soda. Be conscious of harming your grass with this solution.
Bleach is your best friend when it comes to mold and mildew. Add one cup of the ingredient to a gallon of water. Don’t forget to put your rubber gloves when you work with this solution. After rinsing the surface with the bleach, mop with clean water.