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6 Fast Fix-ups for May

Easy ways to improve your home right now

Donate Old DIY Materials

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Take spare supplies to a local recycling center, such as Habitat for Humanity ReStores, to make room for this season's project materials.

Water Plants Effectively

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Water evaporates faster in the hot afternoon, so morning soaks are better—plus, cooler temps mean less chance of fungal disease.

Inspect Outlets

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Ensure that none are warm to the touch, discolored, or buzzing. If an outlet seems suspect, stop using it and call in an electrician right away.

Service Sliding Doors

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They'll glide more easily with a quick vacuuming. Use a toothbrush to clear weep holes of any remaining dirt.

Shine up Stainless Steel

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Wipe surfaces in the direction of the grain with a soft cloth dipped in white vinegar, then buff with a dry cloth.

Replace your Fridge's Water Filter

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It loses effectiveness over time, so be sure to swap it out twice yearly for better-tasting H2O.