Wondering how to make Father’s Day special for Dad? Consider taking on some of the household jobs that dads often do—the most laborious ones. Round up the kids and start checking off these items on Dad’s to-do list.
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1. Mow the Lawn
Make Dad’s job easier by giving your lawn a mini-makeover. First, rake away leaves, sticks, and any other debris that may get in the lawnmower’s way. Then, trim away! When you’re done, do Dad another favor by hosing off your mower and (if needed) changing the air filter and oil. Remember, only water your lawn if it really needs it. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests watering deeply as needed for healthy, sustainable growth.
2. Clean Out the Drain
If you wind up with a clogged drain on Father’s Day, clear it out yourself with a natural drain cleaner: 1 cup of baking soda followed by 3 cups of boiling water. How does it work? The boiling water makes the baking soda’s chemical composition more alkaline—perfect for tackling heavy accumulations.
3. Simplify Waste Management
Surprise: trash duty is no one’s favorite chore. Make this necessary evil easier by lining your trash can with multiple bags. This way, Dad won’t need to replace the bag next time he takes out the trash. Another tip: if your trash bag springs a leak, don’t wait to wipe off your trash can. Cleaning a liquid spill is much easier than scraping it off after it’s had a chance to solidify and grow mold.
4. Call in Those Repairs
If Dad’s been stubborn about fixing broken appliances and systems himself, treat today as an opportunity to let him off the hook and finally call in the pros. A home warranty company like American Home Shield will even assign skilled contractors to a job for you. Whether you have a broken garbage disposal or need fridge, washing machine, or electrical repairs, let Dad kick back and hire a technician. He’ll be glad you did!
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