It also means finally getting to those little niggly things that need fixing around the house - you've ignored them long enough.
But...we're Boomers. We're all about ignoring yukky things, then when that's no longer possible, finding ways to unyuk 'em as easily as possible.
So, I found a few ideas for sprucing up hearth & home in a jif, and without emptying your wallet in the process.
In part one of this two-part series, we have some quite nifty ideas for no muss/no fuss cleaning.
Easy Care Oven: Line the bottom with a nonstick oven liner. It can be wiped with a paper towel, put in the dishwasher, and reused.
....And the Dishwasher: Once a week, put baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine’s edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to kill bacteria like E.coli.
Disinfect the Disposal: Drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue. Gets rid of odors, too.
When Cooking, Clean as You Go: Fill your sink with hot soapy water at the start of meal prep. Put used dishes and pans in the filled sink so they soak while you eat. Wipe up spills as they happen.
...and Zap the Sponge: Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute. If it’s shredded and smelly, replace it.
Zippy Shower-Liner Cleaning: Get rid of mold and mildew on it easily by throwing it in the washer with a few towels (which help scrub it clean), then hang it back up to dry.
Yummy Toilet Cleaning?!: Drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. The citric acid acts like a scrubber…and it’s nontoxic, in case the dog takes a sip. Let it sit for a few minutes, then swish and flush. Now we know why astronauts like it so much...
Washer Water Temps: Though most everything can be washed in cold water (better for your bills and the environment), use the hottest water possible for sheets, towels and underwear. Put underwear in the dryer as soon as possible since bacteria grows on then while they sit damp in the washer (uuuugh).
Next week: Easy fixes for those little annoying problems around the house, from squeaky floors to stuck windows.
You have been officially alerted....