Around the House – October 2020

Fall is a great time to open the windows, air out your home and start cleaning to get your home in shape for the holidays.

Some of the recommended Fall cleaning includes:

  1. Wipe down your walls.
    This can be accomplished with a damp cloth or a rag attached to your broom to clean larger areas.  A solution of mild soap and water is perfect for this task.
  1. Wash your windows, windowsills, and all the window groves.
    This is one of those tasks that can make a big difference in the appearance of your home.  Clean windows are a must to let in as much natural light as possible.   You can use a commercial cleaner like Windex or to get your windows squeaky clean just use a 50/50 blend of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and wipe with a lint free cloth.
  1. Clean your washer and dryer.
    Add four cups of white cleaning vinegar to the wash cycle. After the cycle starts, pause the machine and allow it to sit for an hour. During this time, wipe down the top of the washer with a microfiber cloth dipped in hot vinegar water (50/50 mix).  Use an old toothbrush to scrub the fabric softener and bleach dispensers.  Wipe the outside of the dryer with the same cloth and vinegar water mixture.  Clean the dryer lint filter after each use and remember to clean the dryer hose frequently to prevent risk of fire.
  1. Clean your doorknobs, doors, and light switch plates.
    Since Covid-19 started this is probably the most our doorknobs, doors and switch plates have ever been wiped down.  Use a commercial disinfectant spray or homemade mixture to clean these areas.  There are lots of suggestions on Pinterest for mixing your own non-toxic but effective cleaning products.
  1. Vacuum under all beds, couches, and other furniture.
    These are areas that tend to get neglected in our daily cleaning routine.  It is amazing how fast the dust bunnies collect under larger pieces of furniture.  So, once or twice a year move them all around so you can thoroughly clean under and around them.
  1. Dust the tops of doors and door frames.
    This is another area that tends to get neglected in our daily/weekly cleaning routine.  A mild solution of soap and water should be enough to clean the doors and frames.  If you have more stubborn dirt and/or stains, try using a commercial cleaner like Pine Sol or create your own from one of the many recipes on Pinterest for non-toxic cleaning.
  1. Spot clean carpets and rugs.
    This is a must for making your home look and smell fresh.  To clean carpets try using a mixture of baking soda and an essential oil of your choice.  Sprinkle it on the carpet, let sit for 30 minutes then vacuum it up.  (Test in a small area first and do not use tea tree oil around pets). If your rugs are small enough you can run them through the wash.  If not, take them outside and hose them off and hang outside to dry.

By following all or some of the tips provided here, your home will look and smell great as you head into the holiday season.

-Better Homes and Gardens