4. Windows

Clean Windows

Washing windows is often a dreaded chore. However, standing back and admiring the beautiful effects of a sparkling clean view makes this task worth the effort. Equal parts vinegar and hot water can clean your windows and leave them sparkling. Invest in a squeegee, like the OXO Good Grips All-Purpose Squeegee, to make tackling this task even easier.

3. Shower Drains and Tile Grout

Shower Drain

To clear shower drains, first pull out any tangles of hair that may be clogging the area. You may need to get a screwdriver to remove the drain covering in order to get at the blockage. Next, pour a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed a few minutes later by a cup of vinegar. Allow this solution to work for one or two hours. Then, flush out the pipes with boiling water. While you’re in the bathroom, you can scrub dingy tile grout with a stiff brush and a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap.

2. Garage Doors

Garage Door

You probably don’t give your garage door much thought until it stops working. Keep your garage door running smoothly by keeping the hinges and rollers lubricated according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Furthermore, your automatic opener will work better if you keep the area around the sensor swept clean.

1. Outdoor Living Spaces

Deck

If you focus your cleaning efforts on the inside of your house, you may neglect to keep up with outdoor living spaces. Dirt, leaves, and cobwebs can accumulate on your patio, deck, and porch areas. Give your garage, patio, and sidewalks a good sweeping every month to keep these areas fresh and welcoming. Outdoor furniture can be washed with a mild, biodegradable detergent and rinsed clean. Use a solution of vinegar and water to clean outdoor glass. Don’t forget to give your grill a deep cleaning to remove charred food particles and grease.

Related: How to Give Your Oven a Thorough Cleaning
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