Home Sweet Home Magazine - March 2022

How to Avoid and Clean Household Mold Excess moisture leads to the growth of mold, another common household allergen that can best be prevented by not allowing water to stand in bathroom areas and cleaning up spills in a timely manner. It’s also important to run the bathroom exhaust fan while taking a shower or bath to keep the humidity level in your home low, discouraging the development of mold. DIY Mold Cleaner: If you findmold andmildew in your bathroom or kitchen, avoid inhaling strong chemical cleaners by using this simple cleaning hack: Add undiluted white distilled vinegar to a spray bottle and apply liberally to the moldy area. Let sit for 30 minutes

Essential Steps to Prep Your Summer Garden Summer is just around the corner, and those with green thumbs know the next fewmonths are key to a successful growing season. Whether you’re still waiting on the ground to defrost or you’ve already dug into the ground, there are myriad tasks you can tackle now in anticipation of harvest in a fewmonth’s time.

Step 7: Keep your pets well- groomed.

Step 8: Reduce clutter. Keep your home clean, and avoid allowingmail, clothing and knick knacks to accumulate. Items that are no longer used but not properly stored are a magnet for dust and household pests. Clutter canmake it difficult to detect when dust, cobwebs and other allergens like pet dander have built up. By keeping your living space neat and orderly, you’ll find it much easier to reach surfaces and items in need of a good scrubbing. Completing your cleaning goals will also be much less time consuming.

By bathing and brushing your furry family members often, you will avoid the buildup of pet dander, which can often cause allergy attacks and add to the amount of dust present in your home. Regularly brushing your dog’s coat outdoors will reduce shedding on furnishings, carpets, window treatments and your clothing! Wash pet beds, blankets and plush toys regularly in hot water to keep them clean and smelling fresh.

Build Raised Beds If you have a sheltered place to work, you can build raised beds any time of year. Whether they’re just a foot high or sit a few feet off the ground, raised beds offer many benefits, including weed control, temperature moderation and better drainage. Raised beds can be made from scrap lumber, pallet boards or new timber. Just about any size will do the job.

Create a Planting Schedule The most important step in any successful project is creating a plan. Your garden is no exception. Start by identifying the herbs, fruits and vegetables you want to grow. Make a list on paper or in a spreadsheet on the computer. Next to each item, list the estimated time until harvest. Based on that information, place an anticipated planting date in the

next column. This is an important part of your plan since radishes will be ready for harvest in less than a month, while onions can take five months. You can then plan for which crops you will replace as the season progresses.

to one hour before rinsing and allowing it to dry thoroughly.

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