It’s time to jump into spring cleaning, open the windows and let in the fresh air. Unfortunately, this is likely to show you all the dust and dirt that has accumulated over the winter.
This is true of some spring tasks that we don’t really think about but should. Now’s a good time to turn over your mattresses, wash curtains and drapes or have them dry-cleaned, shampoo rugs, wipe off all your ceiling fan blades and wash your washer.
Yes, wash your washer. It’s easy: Wipe off the outside of the washer with basic household cleaner and warm soapy water. Take out any dispensers, and soak them in hot water. Using two cups of vinegar or lemon juice, run a washing machine cycle on hot. Run a second cycle on hot with no additives. This will clean the drum.
The inlet screens in the hose nubs on the back of the washer catch grit, pipe scale or other debris before the water enters your machine. The screens can get clogged, leading to slow water flow. To clean them, unplug your washer and turn off the water. Gently move the washer a few inches from the wall and disconnect the water supply hoses. The screens are in the hose nubs sticking out of the back of the washer. In some models, the screens can be removed with needle-nose pliers, but in other models, removing them can damage the water inlet valve. Consult your owner’s manual. Some manuals are available to read online. After cleaning the screens, reattach the hoses, move the machine back in place, plug it in and turn on the water.
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Clutter causes stress. When decluttering, don’t look at something, ponder it and put it in a stack for later. If you hate that lamp, donate it to Goodwill, Salvation Army or a consignment center so someone else can enjoy it. Save your receipt for a tax write-off.
If some of your clutter is just non-hazardous trash, get it together in a pile and take it to Lexington’s Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station at 1505 Old Frankfort Pike on Free Dump Day, April 16. It normally costs $67 a ton to dispose of household waste, so this means big savings for you.
Spring-clean outside , too. Wash windows, patch screens, remove storm windows, clean around the central air conditioning unit and have the unit serviced before the weather gets hot . Fayette County residents can bring two pickup-truck loads of brush and yard waste each month to Haley Pike Waste Management Facility, 4216 Hedger Lane.
Clearing out hazardous waste? Take it to the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station on April 16 for free removal. Old, used batteries can be taken to Rural King, 939 Bypass Road in Winchester, for recycling. You’ll receive a Rural King gift card: $7 for each auto or larger battery, or $4 for each lawn and garden battery. And you get a free pig ear when you bring your dog.
How’s your paperwork? Go through the papers you have saved over the year. ATM receipts, bank withdrawals, deposit slips, and credit card receipts can go through the shredder after you’ve checked them against your monthly statements. And consider having your bills sent to you electronically. To securely dispose of paperwork, take it between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 14 to 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. The entrance is via Jimmie Campbell Drive. Fayette County residents can bring as many as five boxes or bags of material to be shredded for free.
Ways to save
▪ Get more than $300 in annual email savings, project ideas and more through Home Depot Garden Club. Sign up at Homedepot.com/gardenclub.
▪ Watch the Transylvania University baseball team take on division rival Defiance College for free at 6 p.m. Friday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, 207 Legends Lane. Bring your youth baseball/softball team and enter to win a “Legendary Experience” package, including 25 tickets to a Legends game and a behind-the-scenes ballpark tour.
▪ Sign up your kids for the Lexington Legends Kids Club. Membership is for kids 12 and younger. Kids will receive a free box seat ticket to each Jif Kids Club Sunday game, they’ll get to run the bases after every Jif Kids Club Sunday game, and more. Milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t495
▪ Fourth-grade teachers can request a Hot Wheels Speedometry classroom kit. Hotwheels.com/en-us/speedometry.html
▪ AAA and the Kentucky State Police offer a free driver improvement program that qualifies people older than 55 for a three-year discount on their auto insurance. It’s classroom only, no tests, refreshments provided and free parking. Trooper Kendra Wilson is the instructor.
Classes are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northeast Christian Church, 990 Star Shoot Parkway in Lexington. Upcoming dates for the class are April 13 and May 18. For information or to register, call Lilla S. Mason, 859-425-5707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
▪ Check out the new Target mobile coupons. Get as much as $40 in savings on beauty products when you text “spring” to Target.
▪ Looking for a fun activity to do with your kids? Head to Lowe’s at 10 a.m. April 9 for a workshop where your kids can build a bird feeder. It’s free. Register at Lowesbuildandgrow.com.
▪ Register for a free butterfly house workshop for kid, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Home Depot. Workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops.
▪ Save $10 with a mail-in-rebate when you buy Dr. Scholl’s custom-fit orthotics inserts, available on the kiosk. http://bit.ly/1pHClVO
▪ On Friday, load a digital coupon to your Kroger store card for a free Doritos mix (3 ounce, any variety). Redeem by April 17.
Deborah Morris’ every-other-week column, The Fru-Gal, can help you get more for less. Go to her website, Fru-gal-friends.com.