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Summer Cleaning

Keep your drains and especially your garbage disposal (If you have one) mold and bacteria-free during the warm weather months by pouring some boiling water down them, followed by a dollop of baking soda and a dash of white vinegar. Finish off with more boiling water to flush.

#1: Clean the air conditioner filter

This is probably the most important item on this list. An air conditioner that is clogged up with dust and dirt won’t function as well or — even worse — could break and leave you seriously uncomfortable in the summer heat. Simply clean the filter with warm soapy water or with a vacuum cleaner.

#2: Clean & reverse the fan

Dusty fans only enhance summer allergies and hay fever symptoms. Without proper cleaning, fans will continue to spread dust and pollen as they rotate. While you’re cleaning the fan, make sure you also change the direction of the blades to counterclockwise. This trick pushes the cold air down ultimately saving you money on energy costs by making your air conditioner more effective.

#3: Wash the windows

Take advantage of the good weather and spend a morning cleaning your windows. Much better to do this now than in the middle of winter! If it’s been a while since you cleaned your windows, opt for soapy water and a sponge instead of just relying on window cleaner. You may need to really scrub to get the dirt out.

#4: Get sudsy with the window screens

This is also a crucial step during the summer when your windows are open more and the humidity can encourage mold growth. Take the time to suds up your window screens to keep your breathing easy and enjoy the fresh air.

#5: Clean the fridge

In hotter climates, bacteria grow faster — even in the refrigerator. Take the time to clean out your fridge, rinsing down the surfaces with gentle antibacterial soap and throwing out anything expired or moldy. This is also important during the season of fruits and veggies – consider investing in a food-grade cleaner to wash your produce and avoid any of the nasty bacteria that could be lurking, like salmonella.

#6: Make the patio a great place to spend the evenings

Patios are perfect for grilling and chilling with family and friends. But to make the patio a really enjoyable space, consider getting rid of moss and lichen with a quick spritz of a bleach/water mixture or soda crystals. Both natural methods will kill and dry out the lichen, leaving you with the quick task of raking the patio clear and enjoying your like-new outdoor space.

#7: Clear out the freezer

This cleaning task is not only useful but also will keep you cool in the process! Save this for a very hot day. Empty all the ice cubes into the clean sink. Take all of the frozen items and put them in the sink, covered with ice, to keep them frosty while you chip the freezer clean. Remove the built-up frost with your car ice scraper and a little hot water. Clean up any slow-moving liquid spills. Now turn your attention to the frozen food. Throw out anything with obvious signs of freezer burn like grayish-brown spots and thick layers of frost. If anything is open, it’s probably best to ditch it.

#8: Clean out the drain and garbage disposal

In the hot summer months, food rots more quickly, and smells tend to fester more easily. It’s important to clean out your drain and garbage disposal to make sure no food is stuck and causing unpleasant smells in the humidity of the summer. Naturally clean your drain without sticking your hands in the garbage disposal (!) by pouring baking soda followed by vinegar into your drain, letting it bubble for five minutes, and then following with boiling water. Repeat this as necessary, every two weeks or so to really ward off smells.

#9: Sweep and clean counters DAILY

This is, unfortunately, the season for ants and all sorts of creepy crawlies. The warm, humid weather is the perfect environment for all sorts of bugs that you definitely don’t want to be inviting into your home. Cut the creepies off from their food source by cleaning the counters of crumbs and sweeping the floors every night. These small habits pay off big time by warding off the bugs that can be attracted by your messy leftovers.

#10: Inspect for leaks

This is especially important during the summer months when you’re using your hose and outdoor faucets more often! An undiscovered leak can cost you big time in surprise fees when the water bill comes at the end of the month. Take the time to inspect your hose and faucets for leaks and dampness and make a quick fix with water-proof gardening tape if you discover any leaky spots.

These summer maintenance tips encourage you to take care of your home in the summer and help set you up for a more relaxing summer overall.

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