Tips And Tricks Before Winter Sets In…
As winter draws nearer we find that spiders make their way inside, the washing is harder to dry, the window frames are full of dried dirt and the animal waters freeze overnight. Here are a few tips that I find have worked in the past and should help you out as well.
1. Keeping spiders out of your room and out of the house: As it gets colder you seem to find more spiders in the house, especially in your cupboard! All spiders hate the smell of peppermint, add ½ a bottle of peppermint oil in to a spray bottle and dilute with a bit of water and spray around the door frames of the house and the bedrooms.
2. Cleaning the window frames: This job should be done every few months as dust and moisture combine to create a hard to clean mess, and getting into those hard to reach spots can be a bother. By using an old toothbrush, the bristles of the brush help to loosen up the dirt and with the aid of normal spray and wipe will help to lift the rest of it up. Use a square or two of paper towel to wipe it dry.
3. Drying the washing when it is raining: I know that we all would rather use the dryer but when we look at the next electricity bill it is higher than normal. When it is raining outside, if you have a patio with a covering that cannot be reached by rain, rig up some washing line and create an undercover washing line for your clothes. Having an indoor clothes rack is also handy for when it is cold and wet outside.
4. Frozen water troughs and bowls: Now as it gets colder if you have animals that sleep outside or livestock their water bowls/ troughs can freeze over night as the temperatures drop. Of a morning when you wake up, it’s always a good idea to check that they are not frozen and if they are, use your shoe to break the ice in the troughs. For pet bowls tip the water out and refill them.
By Georgia Grenfell