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Home Maintenance and Cleaning Calendar for July

Summer clutter? You’re going to have to deal with it sooner or later. Why not deal with it in little doses with a home maintenance and cleaning calendar for July? This will ensure you are ready to tackle a new move, school year, or both with a clean slate.

Rather than stressing out during the last two weeks of summer, it’s better to deal with manageable tasks, one day at a time, starting now. For tips on what to include in your maintenance and cleaning calendar, take a look at this printable calendar from brightnest.com:

You’ve probably done some spring cleaning already, but don’t forget about these places that often get neglected because they are hard to reach:

Dryer Vents

The most overlooked cleaning space in your home, the dryer vent, may also be the most important: the U.S. Fire Administration estimates that more than 15,000 dryer vent fires occur each year when lint collects in the vent and hot air causes it to catch fire.

To clean, move the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the vent tube where it attaches to the dryer, then use your vacuum cleaner hose to get the lint out and reconnect the tube. Plan to do this at least once a year, and clean your dryer’s lint filter before every load!

Ceiling Fans

Fans are great energy savers, but ceiling fans can also be real dust catchers. With the fan turned off, dust the outside of the motor casing. Then tackle each of the fan blades, paying special attention to the blade tops because that’s where most of the dirt will be hiding.

If you have a very high ceiling, you can buy an extendable pole made especially for ceiling fans, or you can rig your own. The trick is to have the dusting cloth wrapped around something that’s curved so you can reach the top of the blades.

The Refrigerator

If you can’t see it, it’s not there, right? Not so much. Kitchen air isn’t just dusty, it also includes grease that makes dirt especially hard to remove. A sturdy chair or step stool will help you reach the top of your refrigerator, but if you’d rather keep both feet on the floor invest in a bendable and extendable dusting device like a Swiffer.

Clean the Refrigerator Coils

Every year or so, you should remember to clean the coils on the back of your refrigerator. This largely ignored home maintenance task can cause your refrigerator to use about 25% more energy. Considering that the refrigerator accounts for about 15% of a home’s total energy expenses, that is a lot of money you are wasting for no good reason.

Keep your fridge running more efficiently and more money in your pocket by cleaning your refrigerator coils every year. Before you do anything, make sure the power is disconnected at the circuit breaker and the power cord is unplugged. Although this task is fairly simple, go over these WikiHow instructions first.

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