With every changing of the seasons, we make it a point to freshen up our porch and patio with a good cleaning. It's actually quite necessary as we have three families of birds who insist on making their nests on our porch, which is really sweet, and I love watching the eggs hatch into babies, but the nests are, ahem, messy. We typically spray down our porch with water and wash any trouble spots with our all-purpose house cleaner (LOVE lemon myrtle oil for this!) or the porch cleaner below, then we clean our furniture and set it in the sun to dry.
1 gallon water
1/2 cup white vinegar OR 1/4 cup castille soap
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
8 drops citronella essential oil
In a large mop bucket, add water and vinegar or castille soap (my preference!), then add in essential oils. I keep an old mop that I use just for our porch, so I mop the porch just like I would the kitchen!
Wood furniture cleaner:
2 cups warm, distilled water
1T white vinegar
16 drops of essential oils*
Mix together water and vinegar, then add in essential oils and mix well. Use a cloth rag to apply the cleaner to the furniture, concentrating specifically on very dirty areas. *I like to use a mixture of lemon myrtle, bergamot, and citrus fresh oils. Lemon myrtle has a distinctly cleansing aroma, so it's a perfect choice for cleaning!
Metal furniture polish:
1/2 cup warm, distilled water
1/2 cup baking soda
4-5 drops lemon myrtle essential oil
Mix equal parts water and baking soda into a paste, then minx in the lemon oil. Using a cotton cloth, polish furniture, wipe clean, then clean with the all-purpose cleaner if needed. Metal furniture keeps best when you wipe it down regularly, which is what we do.