7 Things Homeowners Should Do Every Month

#1 Clean Filters In Your Range Hood

Soak the filters in a dish washing liquid and baking soda solution for at least 10 minutes. Stainless steel hoods should be washed regularly with a clean cloth, warm water and mild soap or dish detergent. Clean in the direction of the polish lines. Rinse well with clear water and wipe dry immediately.

#2 Clean The Garbage Disposal

Clean your garbage disposal with baking soda and white vinegar. Sprinkle half a cup of baking soda into the drain, then gently pour a cup of white vinegar on top. The mixture will fizzle and bubble. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse it down with very hot or boiling water, with the garbage disposal running. Rinse with a little bleach.

#3 Inspect The Sink And Tub Drains For Blockage

You can try using a pipe cleaner to clear the debris or pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of hot water down the drain pipe. Blocked drains tend to emit foul/ unpleasant odors. Drains can become blocked due to food debris stuck in the pipes. As the food slowly decomposes it creates a noticeably bad smell, which appears worse if the tap has been turned on.

#4 Clean And Organize Your Refrigerator

Remove all old food and clean all shelves. Get rid of all the clutter in the fridge. Spray the inside of the fridge with a solution of vinegar and water, concentrating on soiled areas and let it soak in. Wash the removed shelves and drawers with warm soapy water and set them aside to dry. Head back to the fridge and wipe everything down with a rag. Dry shelves and drawers and return them to the fridge.

#5 Clear Or Trim Shrubs From Around AC Units

Clearing shrubs keeps the unit working well by being ventilated. It keeps the unit in good working order and avoids damages. Allow room for the shrub to expand to its mature size, while still allowing between 18 and 36 inches between the shrub and the air conditioner unit for proper air flow. If the shrubs are tall or wide, prune them regularly to maintain 4 feet of clearance between the unit and the branches.

#6 Lubricate Your Garage Doors

Keeping rollers, chains and pulleys well lubricated protects your garage door’s moving parts and helps it work smooth. Lubricate all moving parts every six months to reduce wear and keep the door quiet. Avoid other lubricants such as oil, grease, or spray lithium grease.

#7 Inspect Your Garage Door Safety Shutoff Switch

This is very important as it could save you or your loved ones from injury. There is also the risk of the door not closing when you leave home, putting security at risk. Look at both the garage door sensors. Each sensor has an LED light on the exterior of the sensor. If one of the LEDs is blinking, the sensors need to be realigned. Adjust the sensor with the blinking LED by tightening the screw holding the sensor to the bracket, or bending the bracket back into position.