Keep Bugs Out

All sorts of bugs tend to wander inside when the weather starts to warm up and can make an annoyance of themselves. Take some preventative measures to keep them from making themselves at home this summer.

Keep small spaces closed so they don’t have a way to get in. This means caulking around window frames, pipes, dryer vents and more. Also repairing gaps in the siding can help keep them out. They can find just about any little crack to squeeze through, so resealing the house is a big help. It also has the added benefit of potentially lowering cooling costs this summer.

Try adding some natural bug repellents inside and outside of the home to deter them. There are plants such as mint, rosemary, lemongrass and geraniums that bugs will stay away from. Plant them around the base of the home, in window boxes or spray peppermint oil around the base of the house if plants aren’t an option.

Food attracts many bugs, but specifically ants, which can be hard to get rid of once they enter the home. By immediately cleaning up food and messes from cooking, it will help reduce the likelihood of ants coming inside. Taking the garbage out frequently will also help and keep the kitchen smelling fresh.

Don’t let bugs win the battle this summer. Start taking steps to keep them out sooner rather than later.

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Quick Daily Bathroom Cleaning

Bathrooms can easily become cluttered with everyone in the house rushing to get ready in the morning. Towels are thrown on the floor, the toothpaste cap is left off and hair products often litter the countertops. These small things can add up, accumulating until the mess seems almost impossible to clean.

Instead of letting daily bathroom messes grow, keep on top of them by cleaning the bathroom only five minutes every day! By taking a couple minutes to quickly clean, it will keep stress levels lower and bathroom messes almost nonexistent.

Step 1: Clear everything off of the countertop. Hair tools, bobby pins, brushes and whatever else is left on the counter. They should all have a spot in a drawer or cupboard. Pick up clothes and towels off of the floor. Hang up the towels and put the dirty clothes into a bathroom laundry hamper..

Step 2: Clean off all of the surfaces. Spraying down the shower daily prevents soap scum from building up. Makeup and hair can accumulate on the counters and in the sink, so give it a quick wipe down as well. The toilet builds up a lot of gunk on and around it, and wiping it down daily can help prevent that from happening.

Step 3: Use a microfiber cloth to clean toothpaste splatter and hairspray off the mirror. The cloth just needs to be damped before wiping the mirror down.

Step 4: Straighten everything up. Close the shower curtain or door, put out clean towels, and make sure items that stay on the counter are in their place.

By doing these steps daily, the bathroom will no longer become an unmanageable mess of hair, towels, and open toothpaste tubes.

Reduce Pollen in the Home

Spring is when many allergies start to act up and leave allergy sufferers miserable, inside and outside of the home. Limiting pollen from coming inside the house can help those with allergies survive the pollen season at least while they are inside. Follow these tips to reduce the amount of pollen in the home and avoid being miserable:

  • Buy air filters for window screens. They are designed to keep out 90 percent of pollen.
  • Install a HEPA filter in the HVAC unit. These are designed to trap more than 99 percent of pollen, dust and tobacco smoke.
  • Wipe down surfaces often and vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Make sure to shower after spending time outside to get rid of pollen that has attached itself. Also wash clothes often that have been worn outside.
  • Don’t line dry clothes during pollen season.
  • Brush pets often so they don’t track pollen into the house.

Spring time and pollen season can bring out the worst for allergy sufferers. Take precautions to prevent pollen from getting inside the home and causing allergies to flare up.