Have you been trying to figure out how to clean your floor and ceiling vents? Did you know that you can actually just put them into the dishwasher if they’re made out of metal? If they’re wooden or plastic, then you’ll probably want to dust them by hand; but if they’re aluminum or steel, you’re in business. You won’t even need to use any heavy-duty dishwasher soap on them – just hot water will do, but be sure to dry them off immediately after they’re done to avoid any potential rusting problems.
Cleaning your air vents on a regular basis is a good idea for many different reasons. Because air blows in from these vents, if they’re dusty inside, then the dust will blow all through your home as well. You will want to get your air ducts completely cleaned out regularly, as well – doing so will improve the airflow as well as your home’s overall air quality; it will also increase energy efficiency and can even save you money in the long run. It’s also good to have your ducts checked every once in a while to make sure you don’t have any pests living inside them – like mice, squirrels, ants, or the like. If you’re wondering if it’s time to clean your air duct, just remove the vent and give it a good sniff – if it doesn’t smell so good, then it’s probably time for a good scrub. If you smell even a hint of mold or mildew, however, you will want to investigate further. Mold and mildew can do severe damage to your ducts and vents if left unchecked, even after a short period of time. This is why you’ll want to do regular duct inspections, to ensure everything is in working order and there’s no mold or mildew in sight.
When you are cleaning anything in your home – whether it’s your air vents, your bathtub, toilet, floor, or walls, you’ll want to work with all natural home cleaning products to ensure they don’t have any harsh chemicals in them. When you buy commercial cleaners in the United States and Canada, you’ll notice that you cannot check the labels to see what they contain. That’s because manufacturers don’t have to list their ingredients on their labels. Unfortunately, the home cleaning products industry is an unregulated one, and there’s no way to know which products contain harmful chemicals and which ones do not – at least not by reading the label. Fortunately, with this particular DIY vent cleaning project, you’re not required to use any cleaning products at all. Hot water will do the trick, and in a lot of cases, hot water can work really well in many areas of your home, as well. For example, have you ever tried mopping your floor with nothing but hot water? It works just as well as using a commercial cleaner, but there’s no lingering scent of chemicals after you’ve finished. This helpful article on how to clean your floor and ceiling vents in the dishwasher comes from Toni over at the “Design and Dazzle” website. For more great housecleaning tips and tricks, you’ll want to drop by one of these days.*
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