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5 Home Improvement Projects for the Long Weekend

Labor Day is right around the corner and a lot of us are asking how we can use that day off most wisely. As always, there are so many projects around the house that need getting done. So how do you know which ones you need to get done first? Well, we're here to help.

1. Replace Your A/C Filter

Chances are, you haven't changed that filter since your annual spring cleaning, if at all. Well, it's best to change it every six months, so this would be the perfect time to tackle this five-minute project. A clean filter keeps your home's air clean, obviously, but it also keeps your A/C unit from working overtime; a dirty filter blocks air from getting into the unit, so your unit has to work harder to get the same amount of air cooled and sent through your home. I don't have a tutorial for you, because it's as simple as opening up the return air vent and switching out the old filter with a new one.

2. Paint The Front Door

The cooling weather makes this a perfect time to paint your door. We love rich, deep tones for year round color, but they are traditionally fall tones. Debbie has been itching to paint her front door black with a lacquered finish, so don't be afraid to go bold! Nothing welcomes your guests quite like a statement piece right off the bat. Just be sure that the color you choose complements your interior. And here is a guide to how to paint the door. Don't be afraid to add embellishments to make your door as unique as you.

3. Clean Your Washer and Dryer

Cleaning your washer is a hygienic necessity and cleaning your dryer is a safety necessity. Clothes dryers cause 2,900 house fires a year, and 34% of those fires are because the home owner didn't clean the vents. It'll take a few hours to do both of these things, but trust me: they are worth your time. Here are tutorials for cleaning both top-load and front-load washing machines, and one for dryers, including the entire ventilation system (trust me, it's worth the time and effort).

4. Wash Your Pillows

I know, another cleaning tip, but believe me, this one is important. Your pillow could have years of dead skin, oils from your hands and hair, and dust buildup, despite those lovely pillowcases. They might even have started to yellow with age. Here is a great tutorial that I use to get my pillows back to new!

5. Clean Your Mattress

Just because this tip is last, don't think it's less important. It's majorly important. What I said about oils, dust, and dead skin cells in your pillow? This goes double for your mattress. That's because while we tend to keep our mattresses for around 8 years, we do replace our pillows significantly sooner. The whole process is fairly simple, but step one is to vacuum the mattress (with sheets and pillows removed, of course) with a handheld vacuum or attachment. Next, an upholstery stain remover for drool spots (or other spots if you have kids or pets in the bed) - find a great homemade stain remover solution here, but in a pinch you can use a solution of 1 teaspoon of mild dish detergent for every cup of warm water. After that's dried (or you've blotted it up with paper towels), sprinkle the mattress with a full box of baking soda. Usually, we suggest leaving it for anywhere from an hour to a full day. Once it's soaked up all of the odors in the mattress, just vacuum that up again and you're done! With clean sheets and pillows, you'll have a fully fresh bed.

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