Your home is your biggest financial investment. How well are you taking care of this investment? Maintaining your home is a daily commitment that helps you in the long run because you keep your investment in shape, your family happy, and even help your neighborhood.
Cooperative Extension Agents can offer a variety of programs on the ins and outs of protecting your biggest investment, your home. If you are interested in learning more about basic cleaning, healthy cleaning, preparing for hot weather, preparing for chilly weather, managing mold, or smart budgeting for homeowners, contact your local Family & Consumer Sciences Agent today!
Use the Home Maintenance Checklist every Spring and Fall.
Make your own home cleaning products. You can save money and reduce toxic chemicals in your home.
Green Cleaning FAQ
Green Cleaning Recipes (PDF) - Card Form - Recipes for green cleaners around the house that use natural ingredients but still get the job done!
Green Cleaning Recipes (PDF) - Booklet Form - Same recipes as above, but if you print them out double-sided on 8.5"x11" paper and fold in the middle, it will create a booklet.
Green Cleaning Tips (PDF) - Tips for using less toxic cleaning products in your home. Learn more about safe use and storage of cleaning products and how you can avoid greenwashing.
Reduce contaminants in your home publication (PDF) -
Don’t Track Dirt in: Leave it at the Door.
Do you know what's in your dirt? The first four steps you take inside your front door bring in close to 85% of the outdoor contaminants found indoors. The best ways to reduce lead dust, pollen, dirt, pesticides, and other contaminants are to add doormats and remove your shoes.
HUD's Home Improvements Site
Home Maintenance & Repair A-Z
(University of Wisconsin Extension)
Household Waste Management (Purdue University)