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16 Fall Cleaning Tips

16 Fall Cleaning Tips
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by in Sep 2009

8. For easy spring cleanup, try placing a sheet of nylon netting under the bird feeder in the fall, and anchor it with a few rocks. In northern areas snow will cover the netting most of the winter. In the spring just gather it up to clean up the husks.

9. In some areas, it’s illegal to burn brush. If you’re not going to dispose of brush once it’s cut, leave it where it falls. If you gather it into a pile, it won’t rot as quickly.

10. Make time in the fall to sow new grass where there has been excessive wear or damage. There’s less danger of disease and weed competition in autumn than in spring, and with adequate water the new lawn will establish itself before winter.

11. Place a small stake or other marker where you plant new bulbs in the fall. This will be helpful in the spring, when your cleanup activities might otherwise disturb the area.

12. Give your washing machine an annual cleaning by filling it with hot water, adding a quart of white vinegar, and running the machine through the wash and rinse cycles.

13. To clean a dishwasher, place a bowl containing 2 cups of vinegar on the bottom rack, leaving all the racks in place (but emptied of dishes!). Run the dishwasher through the wash and rinse cycles only. The vinegar will splash about inside, cleaning the whole thing.

14. To get a quick shine on countertops, wipe them down with vinegar.

15. Get rid of musty odors in drawers, closets, or rooms by placing a small container of scented cat litter in the affected area. Refresh the litter every few days until the odor is gone.

16. When closing up a summer cottage, place shallow pans of cider vinegar under beds and in closets. This will keep rooms from smelling stale come spring.

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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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