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16 Fall Cleaning Tips

16 Fall Cleaning Tips
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by in Sep 2009


Don't Miss Arrow Home Tips: Fall Chore Shortcuts

1. Clean painted woodwork with a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 gallon of lukewarm water. No rinsing is necessary with this solution.

2. Clean vinyl shower curtains without taking them down by wiping them with a sponge dampened with white vinegar.

3. Clean windows with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 10 parts warm water.

4. Plow or till the garden in the fall to expose both hibernating insects and weed seeds, which will then perish.

5. Dead leaves and needles on a shingled roof hold water and hasten the deterioration of the shingles. Sweep or hose them off in both spring and fall.

6. To maintain the wooden handles on your garden tools, occasionally apply boiled linseed oil with a cloth. Use just enough so the wood absorbs the oil.

7. Transfer boxed fertilizers or garden chemicals in your garden shed to plastic containers now, as their original cardboard packaging may deteriorate over the winter. Don’t forget to label the new containers.

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2 Responses to 16 Fall Cleaning Tips

  1. Cristina Iniguez November 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    Dear Mr. Silva and friends from,

    Could you, please, use my daughters’ homes as ” before and after models” in your PBS THIS OLD HOUSE SHOW OR/AND IN YOUR YANKEE MAGAZINE?
    Both of my daughters are college graduates and have a full time job, but they have huge student loans, mortgage, one of them has a monthly car payment and the other has a car that needs new brakes and who knows what else.
    Thank you so very much!!!
    Cristina Iniguez

    • Brenda Darroch November 28, 2014 at 10:36 am #

      Hi Cristina,
      Tom Silva doesn’t see the comments left on However, you can find their submission guidelines here:,,20632744,00.html

      Good luck!

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