Time: 5-10 minutes each
During the dog days of summer, high heat and humidity might have you looking for an excuse to stay inside your air conditioned house. Keep cool while staying productive by tackling these quick indoor maintenance tasks. Each one only takes five to ten minutes to accomplish, so you can beat the heat while feeling good about getting an important job done right.
What's in it for you?
- A cleaner living space
- Reduced allergens
- Improved appliance efficiency
Tackle These 5-Minute Fixes Inside Your Home:
Clean Bathroom Vents. Over time, your bathroom vents can get dusty and mildewed, so it's important to keep them clean. This will allow your fan to operate at full strength to remove the extra humidity from your bathroom during the summer. Turn off your fan at the circuit breaker and gently pull down the vent cover. Use the bristle dusting attachment of your vacuum on both the grill and the fan blades in the ceiling before replacing the cover.
Dust Ceiling Fan Blades. Once you start to open the windows for fresh air in the spring, pollen and other allergens are swept into your home on the breeze. Use a microfiber cloth to trap dirt as you wipe the fan blades. Don't forget the top of the blades, where dust and pollen tend to settle. Be sure to dust light bulbs and lamp shade as well.
Inspect Dryer Vents. A dryer vent clogged with lint can be a major fire hazard, and it also significantly reduces your dryer's efficiency. Remove the outdoor cover to your dryer vent and insert a large lint brush with a telescoping handle. Gently wipe the vent clean with circular motions. If you have large pieces of lint, you may need to use your hand to remove excess.
Scrub Window Screens. Remove dust, pollen, and dirt by removing your screens and placing them on the lawn. Wet them down with a garden hose, then use a soft cloth to gently scrub your screens with a solution of 1 tablespoon of dish soap in a half gallon of water. Wash both sides and rinse with the hose.
Clean Refrigerator Coils and Gaskets. The condenser coils keep your fridge cold, but they don't work as well when they get dirty. Unplug your refrigerator and remove the grill at the bottom, then use a flexible coil cleaning brush to wipe away dirt and dust. Vacuum debris from the floor with the crevice attachment before replacing the grill and plugging the unit back in.
Pro Tip: If your refrigerator doesn't have a grill, the coils are likely on the back. Pull the fridge away from the wall to clean it.