Can you believe it?! This next weekend is the last one before Thanksgiving! If it's your year to host Thanksgiving and your house isn't exactly "Thanksgiving-ready," don't panic! Here are 5 quick ways to get your home Thanksgiving-ready.
1. Balance Your Heating System-Chances are, even if the weather is cool, your home will feel warm enough with all the cooking and family activity. However, to make sure your home is a comfortable temperature, balance your heating system. Not only will this increase airflow, but it will maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home. First, close all vents in rooms that you don't use often. Next, see where the airflow is the heaviest (and lightest) and adjust vents accordingly. This is not only good for Thanksgiving purposes, but for the upcoming winter season!
2. Clean Silverware (Naturally)-Rather than using chemical cleaners, clean your silverware the natural way! Fill an aluminum pot with water, salt, and baking soda. Bring the water to a boil for 3 minutes, then rinse the pieces with warm, soapy water.
3. Clean Your Oven-Do NOT self-clean your oven before preparing Thanksgiving dinner. It increases the likelihood of it breaking. Instead, make a cleaner out of baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar. First, use dish soap and a sponge to clean grease. Then, squeeze two lemons into a baking dish filled with an inch of water and toss in what remains of the lemons. Place the dish in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes at 250 degrees. Next, sprinkle baking soda over burnt-on food and let it soak overnight. Scrub up the soaked places with a sponge. If necessary, add vinegar for those stubborn remains.
4. Dust Fan Blades-Unless it's something you check regularly, chances are your ceiling fans have collected a layer of dust. Make a mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Next, spray this mixture into an old pillowcase. Slip each fan blade into the pillowcase and wipe clean. This traps the dust in the pillowcase instead of pushing it into the air.
Now you're ready to be "Thanksgiving-ready!" For more tips on making your home as "homey" as possible, check out our blog section. And for all your garage door needs, think Overhead Door!