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16 Fall Cleaning Tips

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.

Updated Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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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