5 Things You Should be Cleaning this Summer

Everyone has heard of spring cleaning but what about summer cleaning? There are cleaning jobs that just make sense to tackle in the hot summer months when you don’t want to be outside much during the day. Some of these tasks will even help keep your house cool and much more comfortable. 

Clean your AC Filter and Fan. 

Just like in the winter, it’s important to clean or replace your furnace filter in the summer. Your air conditioner moves cool air through your home using your furnace’s fan. A dirty or clogged filter can’t circulate the air, making your AC work harder and could cause unnecessary wear and tear. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%, according to Energy.gov. Outdoors, the unit’s fan should be hosed off to remove any dirt or debris. Pay attention to any plants that might be blocking the unit and either trim or remove them to keep the area clear.

Clean your Ceiling Fans

Running ceiling fans makes rooms more comfortable to be in, especially when it’s hot and humid. Dirty fan blades spread dust, dander and pollen around the room, exacerbating any seasonal allergy symptoms. Use a clean pillowcase to clean the blades by placing the case over an individual blade and pulling it towards you. The fabric cleans the blade while the dust falls into the pillowcase, instead of the floor. Also check the direction of your ceiling fans. According to Hunter, the ceiling fan direction in summer should be counterclockwise to help create a downdraft, which creates that direct, cooling breeze. Fan direction in winter needs to be clockwise to create an updraft and circulate warm air around the room.

Clean the Refrigerator. 

Bacteria can breed anywhere, even inside your fridge – think about how many times a day the kids open and close the door. Clear all the items out of your fridge, tossing expired items and anything with mold, and wipe down the falls with warm, soapy water. Shelves and drawers are removable and can be washed in the sink or the bathtub. Finish the job with a spray 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water, which will kill most mold spores and inhibit future growth. Keep this mixture on hand as it works great to clean and disinfect sinks, garbage cans, microwaves, stovetops, coffee pots and cutting boards.

Clean the Freezer.

Most of today’s freezers are frost-free, meaning the old days of chipping away frost or opening the door to everything melted are pretty much gone. But that doesn’t mean your freezer can’t use some love. Most food items should only be stored in the freezer for a couple of months. According to FoodSafety.gov, meat can be stored for four to 12 months but stews and leftovers only last about one to three months. Toss out any old food and wipe up any spills with warm water, which will quickly thaw after a gentle scrub.

Clean your Garbage Disposal. 

A warmer than normal home will quickly alert you to smells that cooler temps cover-up. The biggest perpetrators are your sink drains and garbage disposal. Packets are available in the cleaning aisle specifically for this task, but it can be replicated with natural ingredients. Pour a half cup of baking soda down the disposal followed by a cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture bubble for about 10 minutes then run the disposal with hot water. Citrus peels can be used to freshen the smell. If your disposal still smells, use an old toothbrush to scrub under and around the rubber flange. 

Summer is a time to have fun but crossing these cleaning tasks off your list now will make your home cleaner and just a more livable place to be. The Maids is always available to take over some of these jobs. Our special cleaning services not only include refrigerator and freezer cleaning but carpet maintenance, window cleaning, outside patio and furniture, dishwashers, blinds and the list goes on. Contact us to see how it works.

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