If the wet season has arrived in your area, it’s easy to sink into a little bit of a rain-rut. (That’s when you sip coffee under a blanket all day and watch the water droplets roll down your window.)
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a mellow day at home during the rain, but you’ll feel better if you tackle a few home tasks before getting under the blankets.
Here are five quick cleaning tasks that can make a rain day both enjoyable and productive.
1. Maintain Your Self-Cleaning Oven
This is a good one if you don’t plan on spending much time in your kitchen during the rainy day. Follow your oven’s directions and set up a self-cleaning cycle, then let that baby run. Your only task during this time is to keep your pets and kids away, as the oven will get very hot. But if you want to go the extra mile, complete a few routine checks that most self-cleaning ovens suggest like cleaning out any debris and replacing a burnt out oven light. Here’s a full list of oven maintenance tips if you need ideas.
2. Clean Your Coffee Maker
Another one of those labor-free, rainy-day tasks. Depending on your joe-making machine, we have a simple guide on the best way to clean your coffee maker here.
3. Wash Your Shower Curtain
Every time you get clean in the shower, your shower curtain gets a little dirtier. If it’s been a while since you cleaned yours, check the label and rinse that baby! Most curtains can be machine washed and hung back in the shower to dry. Just be sure you don’t leave them sitting in the washing machine too long, where water residue can build up again. Here’s our full guide on shower curtain cleaning tips and tricks.
4. Clean Your Garbage Disposal
If your rainy day has turned into a boring slog, this little task will kill a bit of time. First, you want to make some “cleaning cubes” for your disposal. First, make a solution of 8-parts vinegar, 1-part water and pour it into an ice-cube tray. Then, cut up a lemon and add a piece to each cube. You might want to temporarily drop the temperature in your freezer to 28°F so the cubes freeze.
Once the cubes are frozen, all you need to do is throw a couple in the disposal and grind ‘em up with cold water running.
5. Change Your Air Filter
This one is REALLY easy, and somehow easier to forget. Especially with allergy season coming, it’s time to freshen up your air flow. It will also likely knock some cash off your AC bill, too! You can save five to fifteen percent on your annual energy bill by routinely changing your air filter—the suggested routine is every month to every three months, minimum—according to Angie’s list.