Most of us think of spring and fall as the cleaning and home maintenance seasons. We spend a lot of time organizing and airing out during the spring and closing down and tightening up during the fall. However, there are several up-keeping jobs that I feel fall under the summer home maintenance must-dos.
Being that I have hardwood flooring throughout my entire house, I tend to stock up on rugs. I have rugs of all types and colors. I change them out the way most people change their throw pillows. But, having so many rugs can be costly when it comes time to get them cleaned. Luckily, I have a very effective DIY professional rug cleaning method!
I think that we can all agree that it doesn’t matter how many improvements or renovations you do, if the house is not clean, it just feels old and well, blah. But, keeping a clean house requires diligence on my best days. Keeping a clean house when you have dogs can seem like an exercise in futility. I know, I have been there. I am STILL there. But, over the years I have found some tried and true methods to make my life easier.
How to Clean a Dishwasher (my 411) – I grew up in one of those households where it was the kids’ responsibility to wash the dishes after dinner. Oh, how I hated washing those dishes! There was almost always an argument over whose turn it was, or who would wash and who would dry. I begged and pleaded for a dishwasher, which I was convinced would solve all of my teenage problems. So, when I moved into my very first place – back when I was still too young to even purchase alcohol – I invested in a dishwasher. It wasn’t too long after that purchase till I discovered that a dishwasher has its own source of problems.
I don’t know about you, but when I buy a piece of clothing I like it to stay looking like new for as long as possible. I do all the recommended tricks for keeping things in perfect shape. To name just a few: I spot clean as needed. I turn my jeans inside out before washing. And the big one, I don’t let my husband wash anything that I really like. 😉 But the most important thing that I have done is understanding laundry tags and their symbols.