Quick Home Fix-Ups: Winter Home Repair Projects

Easy DIY projects to maintain your home.

| January/February 2007

  • Use the winter downtime to catch up on home repair projects.
    Photo By Fotolia/lightwavemedia

Winter is a great time to turn your attention to indoor house maintenance. Make note of wear and tear, paint that's chipped, discolored caulking, and wood cabinets that could use an oil treatment. By its very nature, maintenance is eco-friendly because you're preventing untimely replacements and extensive repairs that waste resources.

Check These Monthly

Refrigerator: Vacuum the vents; clean coils are more energy efficient. Check the drain pan for excess water.

Furnace and fans: Check and clean or replace the furnace filter; a dirty filter impedes the flow and quality of air. Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bath tend to collect dirt. (Hint: Be sure to turn off the power before cleaning.)

Drains: Why resort to toxic drain chemicals? You need only pour one cup of baking soda in and around each sink drain, then follow with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. A half hour later, chase the mixture with a cup or two of boiling water.



Sinks and tubs: Check kitchen and bath grout and caulking. Discoloration could be hiding damage. When the waterproof seal is broken, structural damage and harmful molds can find a home in the wall.

Check These Seasonally

Plumbing: Water creates costly damage. While you're inspecting plumbing fixtures, also check appliances that have water connections (dishwashers, ice-making refrigerators)..



Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds