Since it’s cold outside, why not take advantage of a little cleaning? You’re inside already and see places that need tidying.
Here’s your guide for where to start this winter.
1. Change air filters
After a few months (or more) your air filters will become very dirty. Dust, dead skin, pet dandruff, and other things in the air can clog the filters. Breathe cleaner air by changing these filters.
It’s recommended that you should change the filter every 90 days. If you have a pet, it should be every 60 days.
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2. Clean refrigerator coils
Refrigerator coils become dirty from dust and pet dander. Blocked coils can hinder your refrigerator’s performance and increase your power bill because dust is blocking the airflow.
It’s recommended that these need cleaning every 6 months to a year.
Use a vacuum and coil brush to collect any dust and dirt.
3. Vacuum dryer vents
Behind the dryer are vents that lead outside the home. The hose from the dryer to this pipe can collect lint from constant buildup from multiple uses.
If you’ve been using your dryer for more than a year, it may be time to clean the vent.
Don’t forget to clean the hose that leads outside the home, too.
4. Soak toilet tank
The toilet tank collects water soot from city and well water after years of use.
If your tank has a black lining, it’s time to clean it.
Drain the water and pour in a container of vinegar, let soak for 15 minutes, scrub the tank, and flush a few times to get rid of the vinegar.
5. Under heavy appliances
Pull out heavy appliances such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven to wipe away dust and pet hair. Use a Swiffer to pull up any grime built up.
Do this once a year.
Prevent coils from getting dirty and prolong the use of appliances.
6. Under furniture
Similar to appliances, move couches, beds, tables, dressers, and chairs to sweep away dust. Who knows, you may find a missing item you’ve been looking for!
Do this once a year.
7. Steam fabric and furniture
Furniture can become dirty and stained easily over time. This may be the time for a cleaning!
Before you start cleaning your furniture, be sure to follow the cleaning instructions on the tag.
Follow these helpful instructions that are on most tags:
- W — You can clean this material using water.
- S — No water. You’ll need to purchase a special solvent-based cleaner.
- WS — You can use water or a solvent-based cleaner on this sofa.
- X — Vacuum only.
More helpful information can be found on MerryMaids.com.
8. Clean chimney
Chimney fires happen when creosote builds up from use during the season. It can catch fire and burn at high temperatures.
This needs to be done either before winter or after winter when you finish burning for the year.
Pick up a brush, fiberglass rod, and safety glasses at your local hardware shop.
9. Degrease oven
After years of use, the oven may build up grease or other stains. Easily wipe away by doing the following steps:
- Mix 1 cup of baking soda and 1/3 cups of water in a bowl.
- Wipe the entire surface with a sponge or cloth.
- Let sit overnight.
- Use a spray bottle to spray white vinegar on the baking soda.
- Use a spatula to break away the stubborn stains.
- Use warm water to wipe away the baking soda and vinegar.
- Use a few towels to wipe away remaining baking soda.
10. Clean windows
Have a damp towel and a dry towel. A squeegee is helpful, but not necessary. Window cleaner is always best, too.
Wipe down the inside and outside (if possible) with a damp towel, squeegee, and wipe dry.
11. Throw rugs
Rugs that you walk on every day — in the kitchen, living room, or bathroom — need to be cleaned too. Smaller ones may be able to go in the washing machine, but others need special care. Check the tag for specific cleaning instructions.
If you have a pressure washing service for cleaning cars near you, you could use it to clean the rugs. Scrub and pressure wash to get rid of dirt!
12. Flush sink drains
Sink drains can leak or get clogged over time. Fat and old food can build up in the pipes making it hard for water to go down.
To fix this, put 1/2 cup of salt down the drain. Boil 2 liters of water and slowly pour down the drain. The boiling water will break away the fat while the salt pulls it off the edges of the pipes.
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