Best uses for your extra hour
Setting the clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday and “falling back” for the return to Standard Time means an extra hour to tackle household chores. The cleaning experts at The Maids have come up with a list of timely chores to keep you organized ahead of the holiday rush. Use your extra hour to get started. Here are a few of the chores.
In every room:• Dust ceiling fans, clean with damp cloth and set to clockwise rotation for the winter.
• Wash light fixtures.
• Wipe down baseboards and moldings with a damp microfiber cloth; use an extendable wand for hard-to-reach places.
• Vacuum vents and registers.
• Wash windows.
• Dust or vacuum blinds, launder curtains.
In the kitchen:• Thoroughly clean the refrigerator.
• Throw out expired condiments and pantry items.
• Clean oven.
• Wash and disinfect garbage can.
• Vacuum mattresses using the vacuum’s upholstery attachment.
• Flip mattresses, and launder or dry clean pillows.
In bathrooms:• Wash or replace shower curtain and liners.
• Disinfect toothbrush holder.
• Purge the medicine cabinet – remove outdated, expired, unused medication and properly dispose, following guidelines at http://nando.com/96.
See the entire list of chores at http://nando.com/m0.
Best for restoring sponges
Extend the life of your sponges with this tip from the Budget Savvy Diva. Simply mix 1/4 cup of salt and 1 quart of water and leave the sponge in it overnight. Check out a bevy of household tips at http://nando.com/l-.
Best for recycling
Fall is a great time to have a yard sale to clear away junk and pocket some extra cash. But what if you’ve got large appliances or furniture to get rid of and no buyer bites?
You could always donate them to a worthy charity. Or, if you’re in Raleigh and can’t find anyone to take them, you can arrange a special collections curbside pickup of appliances, carpeting and furniture for a $50 fee.
Check out this and other disposal and recycling tips at http://nando.com/m1.
For lists of items accepted for recycling, visit these sites:
Wake County: http://nando.com/m2
Durham County: http://nando.com/m6
Orange County: http://nando.com/m5
Johnston County: http://nando.com/m7
Chatham County: http://nando.com/m8
Best antiques appraisal
Got an antique that you’re longing to have appraised and critiqued? Here’s your change. Ken Farmer, an expert featured on “Antiques Roadshow,” and his appraisal team will be at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8.
For $10, you can get one item appraised (maximum of three items per person). Tickets are available in advance.
Info: 919-460-4963 or friendsofpagewalker.org
Best for shower doors
Marilyn Williams of Raleigh shared a tip for cleaning shower doors: “Dear old Mom suggested using fabric softener directly on a shower door that has a soap scum buildup. It may take several applications, but it works! Simply pour the softener on a soft cleaning cloth and work into the glass.”
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Best of the tube
On HGTV: Joe and Brandi are searching for a waterfront property in Fort Myers, Fla., where they fell in love. Watch them look for a property with space to build a water feature, room for their families and closeness to downtown – all for $175,000. “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” airs at 9 p.m. Sunday.
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