Hooray! Summer is almost here, and as the seemingly never-ending winter is creeping away as a memory, all of us here in the Midwest are ready to spend lots of time outside enjoying the great weather. As we dust off the bikes, grills, and patio furniture, we’re ready to have a good time; however before we can have fun, there is some summer cleaning work to be done.
After many months in storage due to a move and a long Iowa winter, our outdoor toys and patio furniture are looking kind of shabby. To get our outside playthings ready for summer, we headed out to our local Family Dollar store this weekend to purchase some cleaning supplies.
As a frugal shopper, I love the everyday low prices that Family Dollar has on summer cleaning products. Plus, they are coupon friendly, which means I can use coupons to save even more!
At our Family Dollar store, I was able to find great prices on a huge selection of summer cleaning supplies, including bathroom cleaners, scrub sponges, and more.
Once we got home and the kids (and my husband) were down for a nap, I decided it was time to tackle our wagon. After a full summer of fun last year at multiple zoos, amusement parks, walks and so much more, plus a winter in storage, it was looking a little worse for the wear.
To start off my cleaning, I took off all removable parts to clean them separately. Then I sprayed the wagon down thoroughly with a bathroom cleaner spray that contained bleach to help clean, disinfect, and remove any germs built up during our many different adventures.
Next, I scrubbed the entire thing down with warm soapy water and a scrubbing sponge, being sure to get the nooks and crannies.
After cleaning, I rinsed the wagon with a couple warm buckets of water (a garden hose works too) to wash away any remaining soap, dirt, and residue.
If you need to, touch up any areas that might need extra attention, and rinse again until your toys are clean and ready for play.
After rinsing, you can either towel dry your toys or let them dry on their own. Since it’s a nice day here in Iowa, I let my wagon air dry. For a little extra sheen, you can also wipe them down with Armor All wipes, although do it lightly to prevent buildup. You may want to follow up with a rag just to remove any residue that could touch little hands before playtime.
This process won’t fix sun fading or scuffs or scratches, but it will help bring your outdoor toys back to life, and it is much easier than you would think!
What are your summer cleaning tips for outside toys and furniture? What projects are on your summer cleaning checklist?
By Kim Ritter