4 Home Hacks that don’t Work

by Matt Barbato

We’re always on the lookout for unique and affordable ideas to
simplify household tasks. However, some of these methods are
mythical and don’t actually work. Don’t let any of these home
improvement follies ruin your home! Here are 4 home hacks

you should avoid at all costs.

Lemons don’t clean garbage disposals
This is one of the most well-known
home hacks out there, but it will
only result in additional damage to
your garbage disposal. Citric acid is a
natural deodorizer, but it can corrode
metal, according to House Logic. The
lemon peel can also clog your pipes.
Instead, turn on the disposal and
dump in at least two trays of ice
cubes while running cold water. It’s
noisy, but will dislodge any buildup
within the disposal.

Duct tape doesn’t seal ductwork
Duct tape and ductwork might
sound like a match made in heaven,
but that’s far from the case. Duct
tape is merely a temporary solution
that will only increase your energy
bill. Tests by the U.S. Department
of Energy revealed the glue deteriorates
over time due to the hot air
from the HVAC system.
Instead, use duct mastic, which is a
similar substance to caulk, and a layer
of fiberglass to keep the air from

Bleach doesn’t kill mold
While bleach may work on whites, it’s
not made to eradicate mold. Do not
use bleach if mold has populated on
caulk, drywall, insulation and carpet.
It will merely mask the sight and
could spur growth.
Instead, use an anti-fungal product
to eradicate mold. You probably
shouldn’t tackle the outbreak alone if
it covers a large area either. Don’t be
afraid to rely on an expert.

Dryer sheets + air vent = fire hazard
Some people think placing dryer
sheets in an air vent will freshen the
room, but that’s not true. This trick is a
fire hazard that will raise your energy
bills and probably cause smoke. Dryer
sheets block air-flow and force your
HVAC system to increase its effort.

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Shop Local!! Wright City Missouri Business Scene

Welcome to Wright City!

  • Abracadabra Hair and Tanning Salon
  • Charlie Darling Luxury Salon and Spa
  • Legacy Drug Store
  • MADD Graphics
  • Pets on Parade Pet Salon

Remember to support our Wright City Businesses! Why Shop Local?

  • Wright City Businesses provide JOBS for Residents
  • These Businesses contribute to our Local Charities and Schools
  • The Sales Tax you Pay in Wright City supports our Police Department, Parks and other Government Services
  • Wright City Business Owners have Invested in our Town and its Future
  • A Thriving Business Community attracts more Residents and Businesses to Wright City


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Wentzville Ice Arena

Featuring a fully stocked pro shop and food area, the Wentzville Ice Arena is a multipurpose ice skating rink open to the public. Events hosted at the rink include pick-up hockey, birthday party rentals, and public skating.

910 Main Plaza Drive Wentzville, MO 63385

(636) 332-4600

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Playtime Party Center

With jump sessions available to the public, Playtime Party Center offers indoor inflatables and jungle gyms for children to explore. The center has jump party packages that include a reserved table, hostess, and supervised jump sessions.

1225 Wentzville Parkway Wentzville, MO 63385

(636) 887-4244

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Home Maintenance Projects to Do this Fall

As summer comes to a close, this time of the year is ideal for homeowners to establish a fall home maintenance checklist.

1. Turn off exterior faucets.  Undrained water in pipes can freeze easily which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. If you don’t have frost-proof faucets (homes more than 10 to 15 years typically don’t), turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.

2.  Remove leaves around your outside air conditioning unit and clean your gutters.  The HVAC unit is likely your home’s largest operating system so keep it cleaned!!   Leaves clogging your gutters can cause big problems any time durning the year, and during the cooler months, leaves can potentially cause water to backup into your attic and even your basement, so get them cleaned out.

3.  Schedule a furnance tune-up.  A furnance tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnance running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into big problems.  Also a good idea to check your batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detector in your home.

4.  Cover any landscaping that needs winter protection with mulch

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USPS will Relocate Post Office to New Wentzville Facility!

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced that it will relocate its current Wentzville facility to a new development at 812-898 Luetkenhaus Blvd. The USPS disclosed this information in a letter received by Mayor Nick Guccione on Friday, July 7. Mayor Guccione said, “This new location has been needed for a while now. I’m excited that this is happening due to the hard work of several individuals including Wentzville’s Economic Development Director Dan Lang, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, and myself, along with the Board of Aldermen. This collaborative community effort will truly be a benefit to all of Wentzville, and is much needed as we continue to grow.” The USPS held a public meeting as part of the Board of Aldermen meeting on May 24, to discuss plans for a new facility. After the meeting, the public was encouraged to send in comments regarding the project. Currently, the USPS operates a Post Office and Carrier Annex in two separate locations in Wentzville. Due to rapid growth, both buildings have space-deficiency issues. After thorough evaluation, the most cost-effective solution, said the USPS, was to combine these into a single facility. “I am very glad to see that the USPS has recognized the need for this new Wentzville facility. I am extremely appreciative of the efforts of everyone involved to provide this resource for our residents,” said Alderman Michael Rhoades. The USPS will continue to provide services at its current location until the new facility is open and operating. The new location is expected to open in 2018

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Wentzville’s Senior Residents Now Have a New Transportation Option!!

Wentzville’s Mayor and Board of Aldermen have approved a new partnership with ITNStCharles (now ITNGateway), which offers transportation for senior citizens (ages 60 and older), adults with visual impairments and adults with disabilities.

The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any transportation needs within St. Charles County. Rides are available to any destination within the service area, with no limits on ride purpose. Rides are provided in private vehicles by trained drivers.

There is an annual fee of $50 to sign up, but after just three rides (which must be taken within a year of registering), the City of Wentzville will reimburse eligible residents for the entire $50 fee. The resident is responsible for the cost of the rides, which is comparable to other ride service options. To be eligible for the annual fee reimbursement, you must be a Wentzville resident. After eligible residents have completed three separate days of rides (within one year of registering), ITNGateway invoices can be submitted to City Hall for reimbursement of the $50 annual fee.

For additional information or to verify your residency, please call City Hall at (636) 327-5101. To learn more about ITNGateway, please visit www.itngateway.org or call (636) 329-0888.

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Improving Traffic Flow on Residential Streets!!

On Street Parking

Preferred Parking Guidance
City Municipal Code Section 355.050 states, “No person shall park any vehicle upon a street, other than an alley, in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave less than 10 feet of the width of the roadway [available] for free movement of vehicular traffic.”

Residential streets are somewhat narrow, measuring 26 feet wide from the back of curb to the back of curb. This design is arranged to permit eight-foot wide parking lanes on both sides of the street with a 10-foot single driving lane in the center. Compact and mid-size cars fit within the eight-foot wide parking lane if the driver parks with the tires very near to the curb. Full-size pickup trucks and full-size SUVs must park very close to the curb and may need to fold in the driver’s side mirror to remain within the eight-foot parking lane. When possible, full-size vehicles should avoid parking across from another vehicle to ensure the street is passable for emergency vehicles, school buses and other large delivery trucks.

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Volunteer Wentzville!!

Thank you for your interest in our volunteer program. Volunteering is a great experience and allows you to work with like-minded people in a business setting while helping others and the community. Along with the community benefits, our volunteer program is flexible to fit the needs and busy schedules of individuals who want to give back to their community. We are looking for quality people to provide their time, talents and excellent service to our residents.

We are so grateful to all of our volunteers, past and present. Thank you for your time and dedication to Wentzville Parks and Recreation. We could not do what we do without YOU! 

For any questions about the program or to apply, please contact Christine Eifert, Special Events & Volunteer Manager, at (636) 332-9236 or email volunteer@wentzvillemo.org

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Citizens in St.Charles County now have another option to reach 911 during an emergency-by text.  A call to 911 still is the preferred form of communication during an emergency, but there may be situations-a home invasion or a domestic violence incident, for example-when texting for help is safer.  Additionally, it can be used by those who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability.

Texting 911 is simple.  Enter the numbers 911 in the “To” field of the text message on a mobile device.  Then, send a brief message: location and type of emergency.  For more information about text-to-911 and the new 911 system, please visit:  www.sccmo.org/EmergencyCommunications.


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