4 Nifty DIY Tips and Tricks for Your Home!

1.       Shorten your dryer-vent hose. First, disconnect it and vacuum it out. Then trim the hose length so that it’s just long enough for you to pull the dryer a few feet out from the wall. A short and unobstructed line makes your dryer run more efficiently. Not only is doing this free, your energy bill will be more affordable and your clothes will dry about 20 percent faster.

2.       Make your own cleaning solutions using inexpensive kitchen staples, such as white vinegar and baking soda. See The Green Guide for recipes.  These cleaners that don’t contain harsh chemicals are healthier for your household.

3.       Install an under-sink water filter, and stop buying expensive bottled water. Cost: $55 for the DIY-friendly Kenmore Single Undersink Drinking Water System at Sears. You can save $360 per year on purified water. Bonus: Reducing the environmental impact caused by the manufacture and disposal of plastic bottles—as well as shipping them to your home from far-flung places like Fiji.

4.       Once a month, clean faucet aerators and shower heads with vinegar to get rid of mineral deposits.