Removing Marker and Crayon from Walls


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Your adorable toddler just created a work of art on your living room wall, it’s a panicky moment all parents go through. You get up to leave the room, only gone for a few seconds, you come back to find the child has managed to turn a well-kept room of the home into their own personal canvas. Most of the time the child uses crayons, but sometimes he/she manages to use a permanent marker.

Not only are there several commercial stain removers such as the Magic Eraser or Kilz which will effectively rid the walls of the marks, but there are several home solutions which will also do the trick.

A few tips for removing crayon marks are baking soda, lighter fluid, mayonnaise, pencil eraser, steel wool, toothpaste, or WD-40.

Baking Soda:

Just grab a damp rag, dip it in some baking soda, and lightly scrub the marks. They should come off with a minimal amount of effort.

Lighter Fluid:

Dab some lighter fluid on a clean rag and wipe till the marks vanish. 

(Warning: Extremely Flammable)

Mayonnaise:

 Rub some mayonnaise on the crayon marks and let it soak in for several minutes. Then wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth.

Pencil Erasers:

Try erasing the crayon marks from the wall.

Steel Wool:

On wallpapers, use a bit of steel wool soap pad to just skim the surface, making strokes in one direction instead of scrubbing in a circle, and your wall will be a fresh canvas in no time.

Toothpaste:

Roll up your sleeves and grab a tube of non-gel toothpaste and a scrub brush. The fine abrasive in the toothpaste will rub away the crayon every time. Rinse the wall with water.

WD-40:

Spray some WD-40 onto the marks and wipe with a clean rag. WD-40 will not damage the paint or most wallpaper (Test fabric or other fancy wall coverings first).

Permanent Marker

Permanent marker marks are tougher to remove from walls, a few solutions to remove crayons can also help remove them, such as toothpaste and baking soda. Hand sanitizer and finger nail polish remover will work as well.

Hand Sanitizer:

Try any alcohol based hand sanitizer. This does run the risk of removing the paint off the wall if left on too long, so be careful to use the least amount necessary and to be watchful of how long it is left on.

Finger Nail Polish Remover:

This solution is almost guaranteed to work, but is also almost guaranteed to remove the paint from the walls if left on to long. You may wish to test this solution in a discreet area first.

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Fixing Damaged Dry Wall


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Walls can easily become damaged through the rigors of everyday life, but there is no need to panic when that doorknob, misguided chair or an impromptu hockey game knocks a big hole in your drywall. With patience, a little joint compound and a few dabs of paint even a novice can complete a near invisible wall repair.

There are a few required tools and materials that will be needed.

Required Tools:

Screw gun, Drywall Sander, Dust mask, Drywall Saw, Paintbrush, Utility Knife, Taping Knife

Required Materials:

Drywall Joint Compound, Drywall Tape, Drywall Screws

Step 1: Check for wires in the area to be repaired. Draw a rectangle around the break with a straightedge or square. Before cutting out the damaged area, check the wall for obstructions. Often you’ll find a wire, pipe or duct. If so, carefully remove the damaged area working around these obstacles with a drywall or keyhole saw. Or make a shallow cut by repeatedly scoring the line with a sharp utility knife.

Step 2: Insert backer boards and drywall patch into the hole.  It’s easier to add backer board than to try to cut the drywall over studs. Cut the backer boards about 4 in. longer than the height of the hole. Insert 1×4 backer boards at each end of the hole and hold them tight to the backside of the drywall and drive a pair of 1-1/4-in. drywall screws through the drywall into the boards to anchor them. Next measure the thickness of the drywall (most likely 1/2 in.), and look for a large enough scrap from a damaged piece at a home center, rather than buy a full 4 x 8-ft. sheet. Cut it to size and screw it into place, spacing the screws every 6 in.

Step 3: Tape the joints. Taping the edges of the patch to make it invisible is the trickiest part of the job. Next take the drywall compound and a roll of paper tape, lay a 1/8-in.-thick bed of drywall compound over the joints and press paper tape into the compound with a flexible 6-in. knife. Immediately apply a thin layer of compound on top of the tape, remembering to make the joint flush with the wall. Then allow it to dry.

Step 4: Apply a second coat of compound, drawing it at least 6 in. beyond the edge of the first coat to taper the edges of the repair. After each coat is dry, set a straightedge against the wall to check for obvious dips and bumps. Knock off bumps and ridges with your taping knife. Add more coats as needed.

Step 5: Sand the dry compound lightly with 100-grit sandpaper to remove ridges and blend edges. Then prime and paint.

Removing Carpet and Upholstery Stains


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No matter how often you clean your home, carpets accumulate stains and can make your home appear dingy and lacking in maintenance. Regular carpet cleaning brightens the carpet and removes the stains and while carpet cleaning solutions and stain removers can work well for your home, they also tend to contain harsh chemicals that may be bad for you, are expensive and potentially toxic.

The first step in cleaning your carpets is to remove any loose debris. This is most easily accomplished by sweeping your carpet and vacuuming thoroughly.

You can create a multipurpose carpet cleaner that will remove stains, prevents mold growth and deodorizes with items that probably already own.

One way to create a carpet cleaner is to mix one part borax with two parts cornmeal to make cheap and effective carpet powder. If your carpet is harboring heavier odors, replace the cornmeal with baking soda and sprinkle the mixture over your entire carpet. Wait for an hour and then vacuum your floor. This helps to eliminate odor, light stains and dirt that normal vacuuming typically misses.

Pre-treat any remaining stains with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water and for the most stubborn stains on lighter carpets, try a mixture of lemon juice and salt.

Be sure to test any stain-removing mix first, especially on darker carpets in an inconspicuous areas, such as the corner of a closet.

First scrub the stain with the stain-removing mixture and allow it to sit for 15 minutes and follow by using an old rag to soak up as much of the moisture as possible.

If you don’t own a carpet-cleaning machine, you can rent one for a minimal price. Always use very hot water as this will help to remove dirt and stains more effectively. Fill the soap reservoir with a natural carpet cleaning solution and proceed as directed. You can also use a natural laundry detergent in place of carpet cleaner. If you don’t want to use detergent, hot water alone will remove much of the built up grime.

Clean the entire carpet one time with the cleaner following the manufacturer’s instructions making sure to run the carpet cleaner over the carpet once more with plain, hot water to rinse away any remaining detergent residue. Be sure to make a third pass without spraying any water or detergent to suck up as much moisture as you can.

Stay off the carpet until it dries completely. Once dry, vacuum the carpet again to fluff it up and remove the last of any soap residue.

We’ve all been there,  that glass of red wine, muddy pet paws, finger painting children, the list goes on and on. What do you do? Hastily scrub the stain, and panic when you realize it’s not coming out? Will you have to live with that stain forever? No! Removing upholstery stains are easier than you think, find out how below!

It’s easy to create a stain remover using three tablespoons baking powder and one tablespoon club soda. Use an old towel and rub the mixture over the stain thoroughly.  After a couple of minutes, you should see the stain starting to come off. Re-coat the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Then with wet a cloth, drain the excess and wipe down the sofa.

A microfiber sofa is said to be the easiest sofa to remove stains from. You can easily remove stains by and wiping the stained area with baby wipes until the stains begin to loosen.

On a suede sofa, you can use denatured alcohol as an option by applying it and letting settle. Always remember to test any cleaning mixture on a hidden area of the upholstery first.

A cotton sofa sham or cover can easily be cleaned in your washing machine. It is best to let these shams or sofa covers air-dry but always follow the cleaning instructions which can be found on the tag.  

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Removing Water Stains from Hardwood Floors


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Removing any kind of stain from hardwood floors is not an easy job but here are a few simple suggestions that you can follow to remove these stains yourself. Water stains in wood fall into two categories, white rings and black marks. When water becomes trapped in the finish of the wood, you will notice a white ring and when the water gets a chance to penetrate into the wood, it’s a black mark. When working with wood stains a few materials and tools are needed.

Materials:
Bleach
Water
Vinegar
Glass jars
Lemon oil

Tools:
Steel wool
Sandpaper
Paintbrush
Sponge
Safety glasses
Gloves

Remove the White Rings
The white rings aren’t very hard to remove. Simply take a pad of very fine steel wool and soak it with lemon oil. The lemon oil will not remove the stain, but it lubricates the steel wool so that it doesn’t scratch the wood. Next gently buff out the white ring stains with the lubricated steel wool, remembering not to use too much pressure or you will scratch the wood finish.

Remove the Black Marks
Black marks are much deeper in the wood and can be rubbed all day, and they’ll never come out. The only way to remove black marks is to remove the finish and then take care of the stain. Removing the finish from some woods can hurt the value of an object, on the floor, though, that’s not an issue. In fact, putting a new finish on a hardwood floor actually increases the value of a house.

First, take the sandpaper and sand the finish off the wood. Then use bleach to attack the black mark. Do this by taking the glass jar and an old brush. Pour the bleach into the jar, dip the brush in the bleach, and then brush the bleach onto the stain.

Let the bleach evaporate for a couple of hours and then come back and repeat the process. Let it sit overnight. If the stain still isn’t gone by morning, use a commercial wood bleach.

First, moisten the wood with a damp sponge to allow the bleach to penetrate better. Then mix equal amounts of the two liquids that come with commercial wood bleach, or follow product instructions. Brush an even coat of the mix on the damp wood and let it soak in.

After a while, it will start bubbling. This should take about four hours to see results. Then make sure to neutralize the bleach, by mixing two parts water to one part ordinary household vinegar. Dampen a sponge with the mixture, and rub back over the bleach.

The final step would be to re-finish the sanded area. Depending on your floors you can apply a clear sealer or stain, water or oil based. Follow the directions on the sealer or stain you select, each product will have its own instructions. Like paint, a stain often looks different in the store than it does in your home, so try to test it before using any stains on your floor.

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Ice on your windshield, mold and mildew, ruined furniture. These are common problems at this time of year. However, with proper care, you can keep your patio and yard sparkling year round.

*Winter Car Tricks*

If ice is allowed to build up on your windshield, it can become extremely hard to remove. It is best to prepare your windshield so that the ice does not stick to it in the first place. You can accomplish this by using a product such as Rain-X from a store or by using products you probably already have in your home.

Pour vinegar all over your windshield the night before a frost or a snowstorm. The vinegar will keep the ice and snow from sticking to the windshield so that it can be easily removed.  You can also spray your windshield wipers with nonstick cooking spray. This will keep ice and snow from sticking to the wipers so that you can use them to easily remove the ice and snow from the windshield. Another quick solution is to pour rubbing alcohol on any patches of ice that have not easily come off the windshield. The alcohol will melt the ice and snow and save you from a lot of unnecessary work.

Remember that car accidents happen frequently in the Winter. It’s good to be prepared for the unknown, by keeping a well stocked survival kit in your car at all times. Always wear your seatbelt and drive safely.

*Outdoor Furniture*

As much as we love our gardens, plants don’t water themselves and weeds seem to grow by moonlight. So for many gardeners, the winter season is a welcome break in the daily, weekly and monthly routine required for your garden. But, before you settle in with a book and a hot cup of cocoa, make sure your winter garden checklist is completed. Along with the permanent items such as plants, trees, hoses, furnaces and gutters, other often forgotten winter prep includes those investments you’ve made in improving your outdoor spaces like: fountains, containers and pots, and outdoor furniture.

It’s all about the material, so be sure you know what your furniture is made of. And that includes the frame and any hardware. The best way to care for your furniture in the Winter, is to store it in a warm dry place.  If you must leave your outdoor furniture outside, choose a good quality cover and be sure it fits your piece properly, and cover’s tightly enough to prevent sags that will fill with pooling water.

Cushions and umbrellas

Check the tag for care instructions. Most cusions are water resistent and can be stored with your furniture. Or store them in a plastic bag indoors. Umbrellas should be covered and stored in a dry place.

Wrought iron or metal

Apply a rust-preventing outdoor paint. Cover or store in a covered area, preferably indoors. Aluminum Furniture will not rust, so covering it to avoid rust is not needed. However, the protection a good cover provides, prevents having to clean any dirt and debris that has built up over the winter months.

Wood furniture

Wood is naturally beautiful, yet does require care to keep it looking good. Many are susceptible to molds and mildews if they are exposed to wetness for extended periods. The best bet is to sand and re-seal the finish every couple years, unless you prefer a weathered look. Hard woods should be treated with a clear coat lacquer specifically formulated for these woods. For soft woods, apply a general weather sealant designed to treat wood.

Fountains

Drain and cover fountains at first frost. Remember freezing water can damage both your fountain and the pump. Never use anti-freeze as it will ruin the finish, damage the pump and endanger both domestic and wild animals.

Statuary

Concrete is very low care aside from a bit of mildew from time to time. Leave it out in the weather. Clean with a mild cleanser and water (no bleach) and a soft bristle brush.

*Winter Pet Safety*

If possible, bring your pets inside during cold winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water. If the animals are outside, make sure their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.

The following tips on winter pet safety are provided by the Humane Society of the United States:  If pets cannot come indoors, make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth. Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.

Wishing you wonderful winter season!

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Winter can be such a wonderful time of year. Hot cocoa, warm sweaters and of course, snow! But as beautiful as Winter is, it can also harbor a multitude of problems and worries.

Pipes bursting, slick walkways, the electric bill on the rise…but that is just part of the season, right? Yes, but there are many things you can do to help alleviate some of these common Winter stresses.

The key to surviving the Winter worries, is active prevention. In this post, we will be going over some of the ways, you can prepare your home, for the most common, cold weather issues.

One of the most important, yet often neglected items to have on hand in the winter months, is a well stocked Winter Survival Kit. The American Red Cross Association recommends the following items.

*Winter Survival Kit*

Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
Flashlight
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Extra batteries
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
Multi-purpose tool
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Extra cash
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

 

*Weatherize Your Home*

Weatherstripping is an efficent way, to cut down on your electricity usage and keep the cold at bay. There are a few easy tests, to determine if your home needs weatherstripping.

Check for gaps around the doors and windows of your house, on a windy day, run your hands over the edges, to see if you can feel air coming through. Also, check if you can see light coming through. If you can feel air or see light, weatherstripping is needed.

There are many different weatherstripping materials available, and most are available at your local hardware store. Here are the more popular forms of weatherstripping, that will work well on both windows and doors.

Adhesive backed foam is perhaps the easiest and most inexpensive weatherstripping to use.

Simply apply the strips, to the pane of the window, where the inner frame meets the outer frame.  For windows that open horizontally, place the foam strips on the vertical surface where the window closes. The foam will compress when the window shuts and block air infiltration.

For non-sliding doors, adhesive backed foam can be applied to the door stop, which is the narrow piece of wood, that prevents the door from swinging completely through the doorframe.

For the bottom of the door, to seal the gap between the threshold. Use a door sweep, which attaches to the bottom of the door, to create a cushion between the door and threshold.

*Preventing, recognizing and thawing frozen pipes.*

Before the onset of cold weather, prevent your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:
Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following the manufactuars directions.
Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close any valves supplying water to your outdoor hose/s.  Open the outside hose valve to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
Check your home for areas, in which pipes are unheated and likely to freeze. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. You can find “hose sleeves” fairly cheap, and newspaper can be used to insulate to some degree.

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Common places pipes will freeze, include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.

To thaw a frozen pipe, keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt the ice.
Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer,or by wrapping pipes with hot towels. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, or cannot reach the frozen area, call a licensed plumber.

Check all the faucets in your home to find out if you have any other frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

*Preventing Winter Slip Trips*

The best way to prevent slipping on your stairs and walkway, is to apply a skid proof matting. There are quite a few options, for very reasonable prices, available at your local hardware store. The matting will not prevent snow build up, but it will elimenate the beginning slickness. Keep salt and/or cat litter on hand and liberally apply to your steps and pathways.

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks, wishing  you a safe and happy winter season.

 

 

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Candy canes on the shelves, the tinkling of bells in the air…

The holiday season is upon us! Along with the joy and fellowship it brings, it can also harbor headaches and frustration.

If you’re like most of us, you don’t have an endless supply of cash to throw into the holidays. Buying gifts for your family and friends alone, can break your wallet, not to mention all the decorating, that has become a time-honored tradition.

Here are some neat alternatives for decorating your house, without breaking the bank.

*Home Made Christmas Cards*

Making your own Christmas cards not only saves you a few bucks, they will also  have much more meaning to the people who receive them.

Ideas:

Use note cards. You can find them in a variety of sizes and either fold them in half or leave them as they are.

If you have kids, give them some markers, crayons or finger paint and let their natural artistic inspiration shine through!

Use a family photo, picture of a pet or just something that calls out to you!

Use items you already have lying around. Old buttons, a bit of tinsel, a dab of glue, and you have a unique card that is sure to hold many happy memories.

*Decorating Your Tree*

Here are some cute ideas for your tree, with items you probably already own!

Ideas:

Make popcorn strings! This inexpensive and yummy alternative to garland is easy to do. Simply thread a needle with any heavier thread you please and sew straight  through a piece of popcorn, repeat process until you have the desired length. Do you prefer a more colorful tree? Easy! Just pour a few drops of food coloring into a large plastic bag, add the popcorn, shake it up and thread it through! You may have to wait until the popcorn dries before threading.

Do you like the look of traditional ornaments, but not the cost?

Try cotton balls! Three cotton balls with a couple of straight pins stuck through, can make quaint, little snowmen. Once pinned together, just pluck at the bottom two balls to get that tiered look, use a marker, buttons or sequins for eyes and your finished! Then use a bread tie, or piece of thread to tie your snowmen to the tree!

Another idea is small children’s toys. Do you have any toy cars or little ponies that your children don’t play with anymore? These are the easiest ornaments to create! All you need to do is tie a piece of thread around a wheel or whatever you can, and voila! Instant ornaments!

*Home Decor*

Have you ever seen a house, where everywhere you look, there are reminders of the season? You can accomplish this easily, and have your family and friends in awe, at your holiday prowess.

Ideas:

Pine Cones! Pine Cones can be used in so many ways, are usually free, or extremely cheap, and are incredibly festive! Spray them gold, silver, the season’s colors or leave them as they are. A bowl filled with gold pine cones can be just the touch your coffee table needs. You can string them up and hang or your tree, or around the house. They are the perfect complement to any decoration.

Styrofoam Cup Angels!

These are some of the cutest decorations, and every one of them is unique!

All you need are: Styrofoam cups, straight pins, bread ties, gold paint, and kleenex!

To begin take a cup and turn it upside down, cut a round circle out of another cup and pin to the top. This is your angel’s head. use kleenex to make a veil for the head, once your satisfied with how it looks, pin into place. Use more kleenex to fashion a robe or dress and pin into place. Use one end of a bread tie to make a circle, and pin down the left over end, behind the angel’s head. Use gold paint for your halo and for any detail you’d like on the dress. Use a couple of bread ties to make large D shapes, then cover them with a couple of sheets of kleenex and pin to the back of the cup for your angel’s wings. Adjust until you are happy with how it looks, and be creative!

Home Made Wreaths!

There are so many types of wreaths you can make! All you need is a good base. For this take a wire coat hanger and straighten it out, then use it, to create a circle.

Now you have a lot of options, you can use garland, available at most dollar stores for a buck or two. Simply wrap the garland around it, in a spiral pattern. If you have bare spots that’s fine, you can just wrap another layer around it. Use ribbons to tie into small bows to decorate your wreath, and/or pine cones. alternatively, you can use actual branches from a pine tree, just use bread ties to secure to the wreath. Make sure to tie a piece of ribbon to the top, so you’ll have something to hang your wreath from.

Don’t forget to have fun! And remember, it’s always the thought that counts.

Wishing you a happy holiday season!

The Many Uses of Vinegar by Kaela Fox


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The Many Uses of Vinegar

Did you know that vinegar is one of the most useful and widely varying products to use in your home?  There are so many uses for this simple product ranging from everything to cleaning to using it as a health supplement. Cleaning with vinegar is powerful, natural and cheap! Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through fermentation of sugars and starches. It is all natural, edible and cannot harm your stomach. Numerous things can be cleaned by it. The uses of vinegar are nearly endless, but for the purpose of this article we are going to focus on its uses as a cleaner.

Using plain white vinegar is best, using ciders and other vinegars can have unknown and unwanted effects.

 

  • Uses of Vinegar in the Laundry Room

 

Are you tired of the dull soap residue that dulls the color of your darker clothing? Look no further! Simply pour a cup of vinegar into your rinse cycle and bam, your clothes will look brighter and bolder as you remove them from the dryer.
To get your stained white socks and towels white again, simply add a cup of vinegar to a large pot of water, bring to a rolling boil, drop in the articles of clothing and let
sit overnight. It’s amazing how much brighter your whites will be.
Attack the dreaded red sauce stain (ketchup, barbecue sauce etc.) with a vinegar and water solution.

 

  • Uses of Vinegar in the Kitchen

 

Many people find that the hardest area of their home to keep clean is the kitchen. Thanks to vinegar, you don’t need a different commercial cleaner to tackle each and every problem. In fact, vinegar can be utilized to clean almost everything.
Buildup in the brewing system of coffee machines can affect coffee flavor. Get rid of
buildup with three easy steps.
Run one brewing cycle of cold water and ¼ cup vinegar.

Follow with a few cycles of clean water until the scent of vinegar is gone… Did you know that one of the simplest ways to get rid of splatters and sauce residue in your microwave is by putting a lidless cup of water
with ¼ cup vinegar in and set on high for three minutes. Remove cup and stains will easily wipe off with a damp cloth.
Prevent mildew build up inside your refrigerator or on its rubber seals by wiping occasionally with vinegar soaked cloth or sponge. No need to rinse, vinegar is safe.

  • Uses for Vinegar in the Bathroom

 

Since the bathroom is where we clean ourselves, it tends to be the dirtiest place in a home. If you want to know the secret to a spotless, odorless bathroom, it’s
vinegar. That’s right, not only does the acidity kill mold and mildew, it doesn’t just cover up odor, it actually neutralizes odors.

Tired of that dingy looking ring around your tub, simply place vinegar soaked paper towels all over the ring and let sit and dry overnight. In the morning use a sponge or towel to scrub with vinegar.
Soap scum on glass doors and walls can be cleaned with straight vinegar. Spray on and let dry, then re-spray to dampen and wipe clean. Repeat if necessary.
To clean toilets, simply pour two cups of vinegar in and let sit thirty minutes. Flush and scrub and clean any remaining spots with a sprinkle of baking soda.

  • Uses of Vinegar in the Living Room

 

The bathroom and kitchen may be obvious, but you can use vinegar almost anywhere! The living room is just another place that can benefit from it’s almost all encompassing cleaning power! Use vinegar as a harmless pet deterrent, vinegar and lemon in a spray bottle will keep Fido from chewing on the legs of your antique table. Wow!

Windows looking smudged? Can’t tell whose picture is in that frame? Vinegar is a wonderful glass cleaner. Simply spray and wipe.

Run out of febreze just before company comes over? You can deodorize a room with vinegar. Just stick a bowl in the corner and odiferous smells will be gone in a few hours.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about a few of the many uses of vinegar. If you’d like to learn more, stay tuned for more cleaning tips and tricks by Kaela Fox.

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Maid O’ Matic Cleaning services are masters when it comes to providing a quality cleaning service in an expedient manner. This is possible because of the countless hours they have spent implementing an efficient system that has proven to work in thousands of homes over a span of many years. Some might say, cleaning isn’t rocket science but others might just disagree. It’s not that it is truly rocket science but it does take time and extensive training to get it right. Let’s face it for some, there just simply isn’t enough time in the day to think about it much less do it with their busy schedules and for others, we’ll just say that they do not enjoy cleaning.

 

At Maid O’ Matic, we’ve broken this down into a few different categories. You could hire a professional cleaning service, hire an individual or simply do it yourself. We are not going to go into the grave details and benefits of hiring a professional versus the risks associated with hiring an individual. We’ve all been versed extensively on that subject and that is not rocket science by any means.

 

And so for you DIY experts out there, we thought we’d give you a few tips and tricks to make your cleaning experience as pleasant and efficient as possible.

 

 

  • Be considerate

 

Professional cleaning services do not cut corners; they make good use of their time which affords the opportunity for optimal productivity on the job. If cleaning technicians are not trained properly and do not have sufficient supervision during training, they can make dire mistakes such as create dangerous conditions through cross contamination or by leaving toxic residue on hard surfaces and floors or miss entire sections of a room, etc.

 

  • Scheduled Cleaning

Set a certain time for cleaning and stick with it!  Did you know that by spending fifteen minutes a day cleaning that you are well on your way to a clean home? Of course there are the necessary evils, e.g. disinfecting, scrubbing, etc. Try to find one day a week to perform these tasks. If you consistently follow through with this, you will find yourself less overwhelmed and have more time to spend doing the things you enjoy rather than trying to tackle a huge job on your only day off.

 

  • Remove Clutter

 

You would not expect a pro to clean your counter just by pushing things to the side and wiping it down, would you? Treat yourself the same way. You cannot be expected to clean a surface that has a bunch of things on it. Before starting your actual cleaning, go through your house, find a place for everything, pick up and put away any and all clutter that may block your way.

 

  • Clothing

 

Wear loose, comfortable clothes, remember, you will be moving in different directions and since cleaning requires a lot of bending and kneeling, you’ll want to protect your knees. Have a spare pair of rubber gloves, these come in handy when using commercial cleaning products or cleaning toilets. Many of the industrial strength cleansers contain dangerous and toxic chemicals including those of which you purchase at the grocery store. Always read the MSDS label on the back and follow the instructions as directed.

 

  • Gear

Assume you are sitting in a dentist’s chair and you see pliers, toothpicks and a wrench lying on the tray, you would think he was a pretty bad dentist, wouldn’t you? As with any thing you do, you need the right tools for the job. Opt for simple, strong cleaners that can be safely used for multiple cleaning tasks.

 

  • Gear Tote

Have you ever been cleaning an area of your house and realized you don’t have what you need for the job with you, have to run across the house to retrieve it and run to put it back? This is a problem that has a very easy solution. Find a bucket, a box or whatever works to contain your cleaning supplies. A good set of supplies to start with is a simple scrub brush, window cleaner, a disinfectant, an abrasive cleanser, pumas stone and a good set of rubber gloves.

 

  • Make every Movement Count

 

When the pros clean, you do not see them circle a room twice. The key is to thoroughly finish an area before moving to the next, move deliberately and clean everything in your path; this saves time and energy in the long run. Another common mistake is “Dead Arm Syndrome”; many of us have the tendency to clean with only our dominant hand, using both doubles your work efforts.

 

  • Tidy up for Next Time

 

This is one of the most important tips for speedy cleaning. If your supplies are together in one container and bottles refilled etc., you save massive amounts of time on your next cleaning project.

 

  • Be Motivated

 

Now the pros have you beat on this one, considering cleaning is their career, but it makes it much easier mentally if you are passionate about what you are doing. Think about how nice and fresh your home will be afterward and take pride in the fact, that you keep it in its lovely state.

 

Cleaning Tips & Tricks by Kaela Fox


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Is your house in disarray? Are you constantly laying things down and forgetting where you left them?
You are not alone. Disorganization is a natural state of order in today’s society. Our hectic schedules leave little time for cleaning anymore. So how do you keep your home from being in constant chaos? Easy, with these seven simple tips.
  • Everything in it’s Place
If you were going to follow just one of our tips, I would say this is the most beneficial. Designating a certain spot for items and then putting them back every time goes a long way to keeping things organized.
  • Start Small
If your entire home is a mess don’t try to tackle it all head on. Instead start in one part of one room and give yourself frequent breaks. This way you won’t become discouraged and you will be able to organize better and see your progress.
  • Create Routines
Designating certain times to clean different things not only gets you into good habits, but also breaks up the work, so you are not doing as much at the same time.
  • Clean as you Go
Put your keys, purse, etc. here as soon as you walk in the door and you won’t find it scattered across your house later on.
When you walk into the kitchen for your cup of coffee, pick up that old stack of newspapers and take it with you as you leave. If you clean on the go, you save yourself a lot of unnecessary work later.
  • Put it away Now
If you put it away when you are done using it, you won’t have to put it away later, right?
  • Use an Inbox
Put all your unsorted mail, bills etc.,here. Just don’t forget to empty it!
  • Create a Catch-All
Use this spot for your keys, purse, etc. when you first come in the door and it won’t be scattered across your home later.
Stay tuned for more Cleaning tips and tricks by Kaela Fox