Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer

Simple steps for preparing your backyard for the summer season.
Family Features
June 25, 2012
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Baking soda has many uses beyond baking, including keeping your pool water clean and clear.

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From an elegant dinner party with close friends to a casual cookout with the whole family, your backyard can be the perfect place to entertain with ease during the warm summer months. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be prepared to host a soiree at the spur of the moment.

Take a seat. Before inviting guests to stop by, spend a few minutes to get your patio furniture looking lounge-worthy. Plastic chairs can easily be cleaned by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge and wiping them down. The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive to help scrub furniture clean.

Set the stage. Make sure your lawn looks well-manicured by trimming overgrown bushes and trees, and raking up any leaves or twigs that have built up. Then, spruce things up with inexpensive flower pots filled with colorful blooms. For evening gatherings, a few delicate strands of party lights will cast a soft glow around the backyard. 

Fire up the grill. Burgers and brats are a staple of summer entertaining, so dust off the grill before company arrives. Sprinkle dry baking soda on a damp brush and scrub the grill to remove dirt and food build-up. For tough stains, make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part warm water, then scrub with a wire brush. Rinse the grill clean and let dry before grilling your favorite meal.

Party on. If you have extra space, put together some party-ready essentials so they’re always on hand. Stock up on plastic plates, cups, napkins and silverware so you’re ready for an impromptu get-together. Other things to consider keeping on hand are citronella candles and a few inexpensive tablecloths.

Make a splash. If you have a pool, keep the water crystal clear and balanced with baking soda. (ARM & HAMMER now has a convenient 13.5-pound, resealable bag available.) You can also clean plastic and vinyl pool toys with a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda mixed in 1 quart warm water. Just wipe down and rinse. For more pool maintenance tips, you can download a handy Pool Owner’s Guide at

Be the talk of the neighborhood with a welcoming backyard that’s sure to become a summer hot spot. Get more tips at

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6/12/2014 4:37:41 AM
Very nice idea to enjoy summer. The tips this article mentioned here are really appreciable. But we need to execute it in a right manner. If the pool will be in a bad condition then the fun will automatically go in vanish so we need to clean the pool first. For that we can take the help of as well as we need to keep the other things ready for welcoming the summer so that we will have a great fun in the summer.

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