Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to clean out your garage. I know. I know. Please stop groaning. You’ll feel so much better when it’s done. For me, early summer is the best time. I’m not terribly fond of spiders and the later in the season the larger the inevitable surprise spiders will be. First haul everything out onto the driveway that can be hauled out. This is great opportunity to access what you what to keep, give away or throw out. Spray everything water proof down with the hose and let it all dry in the sun. Brush off all the dead bugs and cobwebs that have accumulated. As far the inside of the garage goes, start out by sprinkling kitty litter over any grease or oil stains. This will absorb those chemicals and can easily be swept up later. To clean shelves and flat surfaces, use a spray bottle filled with 50% white vinegar and 50% water. It a lot less chemically harmful than commercial chemical packed cleaner and it also helps to prevent mold. I like to use old rags instead for paper towels for this job as its greener and paper towels run out very quickly doing this task. After you’ve swept out the garage and knocked down all the cobwebs, oil the chain for your garage door opener if it needs it. Next, mop the floor with a vinegar/water solution. The vinegar, once again, prevents mold, and if you happen to live in an area where snow is a regular feature of winter, the vinegar with help break up all the salt and de-icer your tires dragged in over the winter. After the floor dries, haul everything you’re keeping back in. Make sure antifreeze and all other chemicals are sealed properly and stored out of reach of children. Lastly, check your fire extinguisher to see if it’s expired. If you don’t keep a fire extinguisher in your garage, go out and buy one.
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