10 Things You Should Never Store in Your Garage
You’re likely guilty of storing some of these items in your garage. But if you want to keep your home safe and your belongings in good shape, you should never store these items in your garage.
While firewood may be an important year-round staple in your home or backyard, it’s also a magnet for pests that will happily make the jump into the house. So store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house—that includes the garage—and only bring in as much as is necessary.
Fluctuating temperatures and humidity are not ideal conditions for storing fabric. It can get moldy, and rodents love to chew it. It’s tempting to stash sleeping bags with other non-fabric camping supplies in the garage, but don’t do it! Store sleeping bags, clothes and other fabric items inside your house. Plus: These 16 camping hacks will improve your stay in the great outdoors.
Extreme heat and extreme cold can alter paint formulas. So if the temperature in your garage is a rollercoaster throughout the year, it’s not an ideal place for storing your leftover paint. Check the paint can label for recommended storage temperatures. But if your paint happens to freeze during the winter, it’s not necessarily ruined. Here’s how to tell if paint that’s been frozen is still good.
Never store oil-soaked rags in your garage. Spontaneous combustion (and a devastating fire) can occur when oily rags are stored where the internal heat that is generated isn’t allowed to escape. Find out how to dispose of oily rags here.
A propane tank is usually safe, but if it happens to leak in an enclosed space such as your garage, any small spark—even starting your car—can cause a fire. So never store your propane tanks in your garage.
Humidity and temperature ups and downs can cause computers and other electronics to short out. Always store electronics inside your home. And if it’s time to get rid of old computers, follow this advice instead of cluttering up your garage.
Printed photos (especially those that don’t have digital copies) should never be stored in the garage; heat, cold and humidity will quickly ruin those cherished memories. Instead, here are the best ways to store old print photos.
Storing pet food in your garage is basically like inviting pests into your home for a delicious snack. But if you must keep pet food in the garage (or even when it’s inside your house), be sure that it is inside a tightly sealed plastic or metal container. Rodents can easily chew through paper or cardboard packaging. Check out these 28 additional tips for controlling pests in and around your home.
Fluctuating temperatures and humidity can actually alter the taste of wine. Luckily, we’ve got this great indoor storage idea that you can build yourself.
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Contrary to what you may think, canned foods are not spoil-proof and should be stored at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees. Humidity in a garage can also cause cans and metal lids on glass jars to rust, potentially causing a chemical reaction with the food inside. In addition, food attracts pests, which you don’t want anywhere near your home!