Like many old houses, our 1920s cottage can smell a bit sour in the summer heat – especially when we’re on vacation and it sits closed up for days or even weeks on end. Opening the windows is usually a quick fix, and I also use low-tech methods of dehumidifying to keep rooms smelling fresh.
Seems I’m always striving to keep our house as fresh as that elusive summer breeze.
So when a guest writer brought me this piece, with a few simple tips on freshening up around the home, I thought it was worth a share. If you have your own tips for keeping a home fresh in summer, I would love for you to share them in the comments!
The following is a contributed post.
Stress-Free Home Hacks for Summer
Summer can be such a fun time with great weather and lots of exciting things to look forward to. But with so much going on, from vacations to the kids being off school, summer can fly by so fast. So it can sometimes be tricky to really be able to savor the season and enjoy the days of summer fun.
Plus, there are regular things like chores and housework to be getting on with, even if all you want to do is to head to the local swimming pool. So with that in mind, here are some of the ways that you can keep on top of your household chores and cleaning over summer.
When the weather is warmer, it can make your trash smell more, as bugs and mold love the warmer temperatures. So for your large trash can outside, or the one in your kitchen, think about using some baking soda to help clean it. Sprinkling baking soda at the bottom is something that really helps to keep the bad smells at bay.
Bathroom Freshness with Essential Oils
If you have children, they will be home much more in the summer. Friends and family might come calling more often during the summer. And this means your bathrooms will get a lot more use than normal. So in order to keep smells at bay, add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to the inside of your toilet paper roll.
Keep Bugs at Bay
Bugs are much more likely to creep into your home in summer, because doors and windows are open more, and they want to cool off from the heat. Plus, drips from ice lollies and other food can be really attractive, especially for things like ants.
General household cleaning can help to keep pests and bugs at bay, but if you want to save yourself some time, call an exterminator. You might need a specific one, like a bed bug exterminator, for example. It all depends where the problems are in your home. Just keep an eye on things over the summer and call for help when you need it.
Microwave Cleaning with Lemon
With the kids being home over summer, especially with teens, the microwave is something that is much more likely to get used. And is there anything worse than coming downstairs in the morning to find that your teenager has used the microwave to heat pizza, leaving it smelling and dirty. So a quick hack that you can try is slicing a lemon and putting it into a microwavable bowl, and filling the bowl with water. Then pop it in the microwave for three minutes and see what happens. You can remove the bowl and it will make wiping down the sides much easier.
Using a bowl of white vinegar in the microwave and leaving it in there for an hour, with the door shut, can help to get rid of bad smells.
Hopefully these tips will leave you with more time to enjoy your summer fun!
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