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20 Ways to Use Vinegar

July 11, 2013 by admin

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It’s not just for sunburns or dying Easter eggs anymore. Vinegar is rapidly becoming popular to tackle just about any job imaginable. After my own personal use and tips from friends, I have gathered a list of just 20 ways to use vinegar. Its uses don’t stop here. This stuff can be used for skin care, insect bites and repellent, cooking, the list goes on and on.
Here are my top 20 uses of vinegar that can be useful in your home:

1. Clean and disinfects toys
2. Cleans counter tops
3. Cleans away dust off computers with a q tip
4. Takes stickers off surfaces
5. Vanishes stains from pots and pans
6. Dissolves mineral deposits in shower heads
7. Eliminates carpet stains
8. Cleans grout
9. Disinfects and deodorizes refrigerators
10. Cleans coffee pots and its stains
11. Kills germs and bacteria on cutting boards
12. Water marks on wooden furniture
13. Removes stains from toilets
14. Takes crayon marks from clothing
15. Cleans mildew
16. Make your own all-purpose cleaner
17. Unclogs pipes and cleans drains with a little baking soda
18. Spray on wallpaper and peel away
19. Removes stains from Tupperware
20. Gets rid of residue in showers and bathtubs

Like I have mentioned vinegar can be used for just about anything in and outside your home. This is a one product wonder, no need for anything else! Best thing about it is that it’s cheap! So if you can stand the smell briefly you will love the results!

5 Things you’re forgetting to Clean

July 11, 2013 by admin

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We all have busy lives these days. It’s understandable that we miss a thing or two when it’s comes to cleaning. Here I have a list of just a 5  things that you’re forgetting to clean. But don’t sweat it; these are very simple little tasks that will only take a few minutes to clean.

1. Cleaning Tools
We get so busy sweeping up hair and wiping up dirt that we forget that the very tool you are using needs a little attention itself. We need to remember to show our beloved mops, brooms, and vacuums the same care.

2. Garbage Cans
Just because you have removed all the garbage doesn’t mean you have removed all the bacteria and germs. Giving your trash cans at least once a week will help cut out those nasty germs that are lingering around in your trash can. Just a little water and bleach will do the job!

3. Shower Curtains
Next time you step out of the shower grab a disinfecting spray and give that shower curtain a good spray. This will prevent and mildew or germs from growing in or around the shower.

4. Light Fixtures/Ceiling Fans
I’m especially forgetful when it comes to tacking ceiling fans. You would be amazed and maybe a bit embarrassed as to how much dust that can be found if not dusted on a regular basis. Once a week give all ceiling fans and light fixtures around your home a friendly dusting.

5. Light Switch Plates
This is hot spot for germs and bacteria. Everyone’s hands have been on these things. Using a disinfectant wipe or rag dipped in a little bleach water solution will help cut down on the dirt and grime found on these.

Ok so there you have it. A quick little check list next time you think you have conquered the entire house, come back to this list and give yourself a clean friendly reminder.

Disinfecting your home: 5 Easy Ways

July 5, 2013 by admin

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Has the flu and cold taken over your home? I have here a few ways that will help gain back what is rightfully yours! These 5 simple disinfectants will not only rid your home from bacteria but it will make your home spic and span! The best part is that they are easy on your pocket but hard on germs!

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

We have all used hydrogen peroxide on cuts and scrapes to clean them of germs; you can use this same method in your home! This can also act as a great stain remover for carpets and clothes. It works wonders in the bath tub to remove all that built up scum. To make cleaning a little easier, you can use your hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle! Just add a sprayer that fits and have at it.

SOAP AND WATER

This method is a very simple to disinfect your home. As long as you’re not trying to tackle an outbreak of germs soap and water is an easy and quick way to get things cleaned. So grab your bucket, fill it with steamy hot water and then just add your soap. Soap and water is a sure way to get rid of germs and any surface clean.

BAKING SODA

Baking soda when used by it is not a disinfectant but add some vinegar and you have yourself one great way to disinfect your home! When used with just a little water and a scouring pad you have a great method to tackle those stuck on food dishes. Want to shine or polish up all your brass? Add a little lemon juice to your baking soda and polish away. Baking soda is wonderful when wanting to get rid of odors that are lingering around.

TEA TREE OIL

You will be amazed at how just a couple of drops of tea tree oil and a little water will disinfect your home. Tea tree oil is completely natural. Use it anywhere you might think germs have come in contact with. It works wonders on disinfecting countertops, sinks, and even tile. This great little remedy also works great on disinfecting areas where your beloved pet may have had an accident.

VINEGAR

You can never go wrong with vinegar when it comes to disinfecting your home. Vinegar is a pure natural disinfectant and the uses of it can go on and on! Due to its antimicrobial properties it will work miracles on mold. We all want streak windows, right? Vinegar, vinegar, and more vinegar! Don’t worry the smell will vanish within minutes. It will rid your sinks of unseen germs and toilets of mold. When picking out which vinegar to use, white distilled is the way to go!

Wood Care: 5 Simple Tips when Caring for your Wood

July 5, 2013 by admin

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Wood furniture can be a hassle to care for. I can sympathize with your frustration in keeping your favorite antique night stand becoming dull. You probably never gave it much thought that your wood furniture would turn into a lifelong commitment…well it has!

Here I have are some useful tips when it comes to taking care of all your wood furnishings.

CLEAN IT!

1. A little soap and water never hurt anybody nor will it hurt your wood! Just a little soap and water will do just fine when it comes to getting that wood clean. Make sure to wipe up any residual moisture with a soft cloth. Any wet spots left behind could stain or cause harm to the surface.

KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT!

2. Keep your wood furniture away from heating units or vents! The heat can and will cause it to dry and possibly shrink. Imagine your grandmother’s rocking chair just shrinking away! The heat will also cause cracking. During the drier months you can always use a humidifier to replace some of that moisture in the air which will help with the wood from drying out.

AVOID THE SUN!

3. If your wooden table is near a window be careful! The sun beaming thru can cause great damage. The sun can fade or even ruin your finish. This tip kind of goes along with the same as tip number two. In conclusion the sun and heat will destroy your furniture!

PROTECT! PROTECT!

4. When caring for your wood furniture you will need to protect the finish with a good wax. Just spread an even thin layer, wait a few minutes and the buff away with a soft cloth. Shoe cloths work best. Keep in mind the longer you leave it the better the results!

WAXING!

5. This is my favorite tip of all for wood care: Beeswax! Pledge will handle the job too, but the beeswax not only lasts longer but it’s very friendly for the environment. Make sure to give your furniture a little dusting before applying the wax.

Here’s a great recipe for homemade polish:

2 tbsp. beeswax beads or finely grated beeswax
7-8 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Place 2-3 inches of water in a pot and heat it till it starts to steam. Next place a jar or container in the water. Add your beeswax and let it melt. Then pour your oil in, stirring until you have made a paste and there you have it! Your own polish! This will do great when it comes to caring for any of your beautiful wood furniture.

With these 5 helpful tips your wood furniture is for sure to stay looking great!

Homemade Cleaners -What to Use in a Pinch

July 5, 2013 by admin

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Do you need your floor cleaned, windows shined, and you’ve just realized you are out of your favorite cleaner? No need to make a trip to the store! Here are some great and quick recipes for homemade cleaners that will work in a pinch!

For your Windows or glass try this simple recipe:

¼ c. White vinegar
1 tbsp. Cornstarch
2 c. warm water

Throw all those ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. Spray your home made cleaner on to your surface and wipe! I know you are questioning the cornstarch but trust me, it works great! Not only does this work it’s great for the environment; there’s no harsh chemicals to breathe!

forget the toilet!

This next quick tip is a favorite of mine! Grab one or two cokes from the fridge and head towards the restroom! With a toilet bowl brush in hand as well! All you do is pour the sodas in the toilet, let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub away! Coke has been known to be pretty harsh on your stomach and to eat coins right up…..well all that junk found in soda will cause all those stains to vanish!

What about the floors?

I have here a great and easy homemade floor remedy that you’ll love!

You will need the following:

1 c. water
1 c. vinegar
1 c. rubbing alcohol
1 tbs. Dish soap

Mix all these ingredients together with your favorite mop and tackle those dirty grimy floors! You will be amazed at the results. This is not only easy on the environment but your pocket as well!

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