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How to tackle neglected chores

Cityline | posted Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015

Tip 1: Check your smoke detectors, flashlights and CO detectors the first day of every quarter.

Although this task is done rarely, it is one that’s incredibly important. Make sure to flick flashlights on and off to check their batteries, and press the test buttons on carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Tip 2: Every PA day, wash your kids’ lunch bags.
Lunch bags can start to build up grime and stains fairly quickly! To keep them clean and odour-free, throw them in the washing machine every PA day. If the tag says they are not machine-washable, use a toothbrush with dish soap and water to clean any messy spots.

Tip 3: Change furnace filters when you take out and put away your patio furniture, and when you put out and take down holiday decorations.
Taking this extra step when the seasons change will help keep your furnace working like a charm. It’s especially important if you have kids or pets in the house.

Tip 4: Get your ducts cleaned each time you renew your mortgage.
It’s recommended you get your ducts cleaned every five years or after any major renovation. It sometimes can slip your mind, but by attaching it to the day you have to renew your mortgage, it’ll help to keep your house less dusty!

Tip 5: Clean your overhead exhaust the day of your favourite TV show’s season premiere and finale.
This is something that is pretty simple to do and can actually be done while you’re watching your show! You can either buy a new filter that can be installed during the commercial break or you can soak your existing one in a bucket with boiling hot water and a scoop of dishwashing detergent. Let soak for 15 minutes and then scrub with a bristle brush if needed. Let dry and put back in when the show is done.

Tip 6: On the first day of every season, clean your washing machine
This is a task that is often forgotten and neglected. But to keep our clothes fresh and clean, it is important to keep our washing machines clean too. Try using a washing machine cleaning tablet to get rid of any grime. It’s simple and effective.



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