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  • Remove hoses from outside faucets.
Disconnecting the hose will allow any remaining water to drain from the pipes near
the faucet before the first big freeze. Forgetting to do this may lead to frozen and
cracked pipes, and nobody wants to deal with that.
  • Prune back trees.
Now that the leaves are falling, it should be easier to see the dead or dying limbs on
your trees and bushes. Trimming these before winter can minimize any damage to
your home that may come from frozen or snow-heavy branches from scraping or
falling onto your home.
  • Schedule your annual furnace checkup.
If you haven’t already, make sure to call your favorite service company to come out
for your annual furnace check-up. Regular check-ups are key to maintaining a
reliable heating system for your home and your family.
  • Insulate your whole-house fan.
Warm air rises, and in the winter months, that can mean straight out through your
attic fan. Now is a great time to insulate your whole-house fan to minimize the
amount of heat you lose this winter, keeping your heating costs down. And if you
have a fireplace but don’t use it on a regular basis, you might also consider
winterizing it as well.
  • Clean your gutters.
Cleaning your gutters of all debris after the leaves have fallen will allow any water
collecting in your guttering to drain completely. If you don’t, any water left in your
gutters can freeze and thaw several times over the winter months, increasing your
chances for unnecessary gutter damage.
If you work in an office or wear dressy clothes for church/special event odds are you’re not
being all sweaty and getting dirty.  When you get home simply hang it up so it can air out.

Dry cleaning uses chemicals that are (not to be redundant) known
carcinogens.  If you can’t find an eco-friendly dry cleaner be sure to
leave the plastic bag with them and hang your clothes so they can off gas
outside.  It’ll help to keep some of the toxins out of your home.
Safer Alternatives to Household Hazardous Chemicals
Although the suggested mixtures have less hazardous ingredients than many
commercial cleaners and pesticides, they should be used and stored with similar

Bathroom Cleaner: Mix baking soda and water for an all purpose bathroom and kitchen
cleaner. It will clean but not disinfect.Girl with globe
Deodorizer/Air Freshener: Simmer cinnamon and cloves. Put vinegar out in saucers.
Drain Cleaner: Use a plunger or a plumber's snake. Put equal parts baking soda and
vinegar down the drain followed by boiling water.
Flea and Tick Control: Use a flea comb. Bathe pet regularly. Put brewer's yeast or garlic
in pet food. Sprinkle fennel, rue, rosemary, or eucalyptus seeds or leaves around pet
Furniture Polish: Mix 2 parts vegetable oil and 1 part lemon juice.
Glass and Window Cleaner: Vinegar and water.
Lime and Mineral Deposit Remover: Soak faucets and shower heads in vinegar.
Metal Cleaner/Polish: Creme of tartar removes stains from aluminum cookware.
Worcestershire sauce will clean and polish unlacquered brass. Toothpaste will clean
tarnish off gold and silver (not silver plate). Vinegar and salt will clean copper.
Moth Balls: Cedar chips, lavender flowers, rosemary, mint or white peppercorns.
Oven Cleaner: Clean spills as soon as the oven cools using steel wool and baking soda.
Pests: Boric acid will kill ants and roaches when spread liberally around points of entry.
Should not be applied where children or pets are likely to come in contact with it.
Rat/Mouse Poison: Snap or live traps.
Rug Deodorizer: Sprinkle baking soda liberally on carpet, let sit and then vacuum.
Spot Cleaners: Club soda applied immediately. Wash as usual.