Spring is the season we naturally turn our attention to cleaning and updating our homes. Follow these effective and easy ideas to prepare your home (and yourself) for the always-busy spring and summer months ahead.
Spot-clean rugs and carpeting as stains occur, and deep clean once or twice a year. DIY with a rental or hire an expert.
Once a month, remove mineral deposits by pouring equal parts white vinegar and water into your coffee maker's tank. With carafe in place, run the machine for half a cycle, switch off, let sit for an hour, then finish. Run several cycles of water to remove any aftertaste.
As the weather warms, insects return in search of food. Don't put out the welcome mat. Instead, make sure all dry goods are stored in airtight containers. Wash your pet's dishes as soon as they finish meals. Check seals on trash receptacles and wash all containers and bottles before recycling.
Before Memorial Day, make sure gas units are firing evenly by clearing clogged burner holes with a sewing needle. Remove grime by spraying grates with a solution of equal parts distilled vinegar and water. Close lid, leave for an hour, then scrape gently with a putty knife.
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