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Via: defendernetwork.com

Shorter days and cooler nights mean more time spent indoors. For many Americans, this is the perfect season to take simple steps toward a cleaner and more efficient home.

According to a recent survey by the Cleaning Institute Organization, 96 percent of people think it’s very important to have a clean home. But with family obligations, busy work schedules and extracurricular activities, we sometimes fall short. Here are some useful tips to help prepare your home for the indoor months ahead, making it a fresher and more enjoyable place to be.

Check the perimeter. Carefully inspect the perimeter of your house. Check window frames and entryways, since you may need to re-caulk and add additional weather strips. Clear gutters and chimneys of debris. Be sure to check for insects when putting away items such as garden hoses, outdoor toys and potted plants.

Store outdoor furniture. Before you store lawn or patio furniture, scrub each piece thoroughly with Arm & Hammer Baking Soda – this natural cleaning method means that you won’t need to worry about harsh chemicals washing off onto your lawn. Baking soda can also be used to eliminate odors from seat cushions or remove the grease from the grill before the off-season.

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