Category Archives: Cleaning

How to Make Laundry Smell Good

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Pick up a freshly washed piece of garment from the pile of your laundry; hot out of the dryer, does it smell fresh and clean or does it have peculiar odors or has a distinct sour smell? Most of us have been through situations when it was simply impossible to get the odor out of clothes even after running them through two wash cycles. If your have been trying to wade your way through piles of laundry that does not smells less than fresh even when they are just out of the dryer, here are some simple tips that can be used to ensure that your clothes come out smelling fantastic each time.

DIY Natural Glass Cleaner

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So, it’s my first post. And with my first post comes a disclaimer:

This was my first attempt at making all-natural glass cleaner with these ingredients.

How to Clean Brass Door Handles

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Brass door handles give your interior a glowing amber shine which looks great in traditionally furnished and period homes. Many brass levers are simple and plain and others have intricate details and etchings, all of which over time and use begin to tarnish and lose their shine.

10 Autumn Cleaning Tips For Your Home

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We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but it has been suggested by health experts that such a deep clean should be carried out twice a year – with the second time being autumn.

Cleaning Your Slow Cooker — Some Do’s and Don’ts

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Slow cookers are cool. This appliance helps you cook warming meals on chilly nights and gets you out of the kitchen on hot days. No wonder the popularity of slow cookers is soaring. Slow cookers are available in many sizes, colors, and some are programmable. If you don’t have a slow cooker yet you may wish to buy one.

Cleaning Green

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Did you know that most of the cleaning supplies in your home are made from things you most likely already have? All of the added chemicals that you find in most cleaning supplies are not needed. Below is a list of ingredients you may already have in your home that you can clean with and be green:

Green Spring Cleaning Ideas That are Kind to Mother Nature

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It’s not necessary to use harsh chemicals and toxins to achieve a cleaner, fresh-smelling home this spring. Home-made cleaning products and earth-friendly tactics can help you clean green. Here are green cleaning ideas and a supplies list that will make Mother Nature happy:

DIY Rug Cleaner Alternatives

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Quite often, homeowners chose to use rugs to accent their room’s décor or perhaps to add warmth to hardwood or non-carpeted or high traffic areas of their home or office. It can also soften the acoustics of the room; while at the same time make for less echoes and noise. Yes, rugs are an important element in many homes and offices, but despite the many pros of an area rug, they do bring along a few disadvantages. One of which is maintenance. Fortunately, there are many rug cleaner options to help your rug looking as clean and new as it did the day you purchased it.

Dryer Vent Cleaning: 10 Tips for Success

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We all depend on our clothes dryers to see that our clothes are ready to wear. After all, just having damp, clean clothing is not enough—it needs to be dried. Of course, that can be most easily attained by simply placing your clothing in the dryer. However, having a dryer that works effectively and efficiently is not something to be taken for granted. It doesn’t just happen. Rather, it is accomplished by taking care with your dryer and the dryer vents so that you can be sure of a properly working dryer.

Green Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors

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It’s always a good idea to have your hardwood floors professionally cleaned every year. And in between these cleanings, be sure to give it some TLC on your own as well.

Remember, dirt can scratch floors, make your pets sneeze, and even cause someone to skid and fall. Take care that the products you use won’t hurt anyone or anything.

Cleaning Tips for Log Cabin Living

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I’ll admit it – I’m a neat freak.

And having a dislike of house dirt while living in the country is, let’s say, a bit challenging.

A Collection of Old-time Household Hints

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I love collecting recipes, cookbooks and household hints. Below are a list of old-fashioned household hints I collected from the back of an old cookbook. They are interesting, sometimes funny and some are still practical for today. They are written exactly as they were in the book. I hope you will enjoy reading them. And who knows, you just might learn a thing or two.

Vanilla Facts

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Vanilla is one of the most popular spices. It is used in cooking and baking because of its sweet flavor. It is also used as a plant because it is pretty and smells good. It is also used in many other things such as soap making, oils, etc because of the essential oil extracted from the vanilla plant.

Advice in Removing Candle Wax Spills on the Carpet

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Candles are really useful home accessories that have many different purposes. It can be used to create a romantic atmosphere when having a nice dinner with your significant other. It can also be utilized to set the mood or for aromatherapy among other things.

Here Are Some Popular Natural Moth Repellents

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Many homeowners have problems with moths in their house. It is very important to get rid of moths from your house. These insects may cause some problems in your house when they are not treated properly. There are some natural treatments that you can use to kill these animals easily. Natural methods are usually chosen because they are safe for all people. Most of these treatments do not cause any negative side effects on most people. It is also very easy to get these natural repellents for your house. Here are some recommended products for your needs.

Getting Your Laundry To Smell Great

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Everybody loves the fresh and clean feeling of slipping in between sheets that have just come out of the dryer or pulling on a warm pair of socks, but how can you make your washing smell fantastic straight out of the machine as well? Getting great smelling laundry doesn’t require a whole lot of chemicals or expensive detergents – there are plenty of ways you can add fragrances and scents to your washing without incurring a lot of extra costs or using abrasive cleaners.

Quick Tips on Cleaning Antique Bisque Dolls

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Before cleaning any doll it is important to identify from what material the doll is made. Bisque dolls are sometimes mistakenly called porcelain dolls. Porcelain and bisque dolls are fragile and damage easily. Both types of dolls are recognized as prized collectibles with doll collectors typically specializing in collecting either porcelain or bisque dolls.

Three Fantastic Green Ways to Clean Your Clothes

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Laundry detergents have come a long way since the first product was introduced in 1930, Today’s detergents are of better quality and are powerful enough to remove even the toughest stains while still gentle enough to care for your clothes and minimise their impact on the environment.

While laundry detergents do a good enough job, there are some cheap, easy and ‘green’ ways to boost the power of regular detergents to get better results. Adding these common household products to your laundry detergent will reduce the amount of cleaning agent that you use, saving you money while being environmentally conscious at the same time.

Homemade Toilet Pre-Spray: Twoo Pourri

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Homemade toilet pre-spray is a wonderful way to deal with toilet odours in a beautiful, naturally fragrant way; the way mother nature intended.

Green Cleaning Tips – Save Money, Save the Environment

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Switching to green cleaning products is an important part of making your home greener. Regular cleaning products are full of toxic chemicals and yet we use them every day to clean our homes, getting rid of the dirt but leaving behind a residue of chemicals in the air that our family breathes and which contributes to allergies. Buying green cleaning products can be expensive and not all products live up to their environmental claims.

Housework Schedules Through the Decades

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A housework routine enables us to get our work done efficiently in a timely manner. An orderly home may also contribute to a calmer family. Here are some examples of various housework routines from the early 1900s to more recent times. Keep in mind that in those early years, housework was physically harder, but most women were not employed outside of the home.

Spray & Urine Odor Removal – Using Common Household Product

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As a cat lover and owner of multiple male cats, spray and urine odor was a constant concern. When you have more than one male cat [I have three] you will have problems with spraying. While neutering male cats can sometimes prevent or cut down the amount of spraying by some, others will continue to spray. I can attest to that. I went to the extent of having my male cats neutered in an attempt to cure the odor problems. This resulted in a large veterinarian bill and horrible guilt on my part as my male cats did somersaults in an attempt to find there missing jewels.

Bathroom Mold – Cleaning it up and Keeping it Clean

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Mold growing in your bathroom is undesirable for several reasons. First, it is unsightly. Second, many people are allergic to mold, and it can aggravate athsma. Third, a particular type of mold, Stachybotrys chartarum (synonyms: Stachybotrys alternans and S. atra) produces mycotoxins ; there is some anecdotal evidence that these toxins can be deadly. This article, Bathroom Mold: Cleaning it up and Keeping it Clean provides several methods for removing mold and instructions for how to prevent its regrowth.

How To Get Rid Of Hard Water Stains In Your Home

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So you’ve been told that your home has hard water, aka a lot of minerals. While this may not mean a whole lot to you right now, aside from your bar of soap not lathering very well, what will ultimately start to happen is that your sinks, showers, tubs, toilets, even the dishwasher will develop hard water stains. These dirty looking stains are build ups of calcium and magnesium in the water so they are not harmful, but boy are they tough to get rid of! Not only do hard water stains make it appear like you have dirty appliances, they are going to keep coming back until you correct the problem by getting a water softener to reduce the mineral content in your water.

Fabric Softener – Giving New Life to Clothes

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The majority of the people use fabric softener along with detergent while washing their clothes. An ignorant person may think it as a waste of time and money but an intelligent person would not make the mistake of underestimating softeners. Fabric softeners are available in different forms and shapes. The most common types are liquid fabric softeners and those in the form of dry sheets. Liquid softener is used in washing machines while dry sheet softener works better inside dryers.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Home Use

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Natural essential oils, when used wisely can bring many benefits to our day to day lives. Using Aromatherapy around the home creates an ambience of rejuvenation, invigoration, or soothing calmness and relaxation. Careful and safe blending of these essences also provides us with many ‘green’ ways to clean our homes in addition to infusing our home life with aromas given to us by nature. If you are a beginer to aromatherapy, or wanting to explore and discover more uses for aromatherapy, then try the following recipes.

Lemon the Original DIY Green Cleaner

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Lemon, or Citrus limon, has a long, exotic history as an oriental fruit, an ancient delicacy, a rarity of the wealthy in Medieval times, and now, a simple fruit of refreshment. First cultivated in India and surrounding areas, then migrated to the near East, and on eventually into Europe, lemons have been prized by homeowners and consumers for a variety of uses, both culinary and healthful.

A Clean Leather Sofa in Four Easy Steps

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Furniture is expensive. So it is your best interest to take care of it. This article will teach you how to clean a leather sofa (couch). To begin with, gather all of your supplies:

The How’s and Why’s of DIY Green Cleaning

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We all have been hearing about the detriment to our bodies and our environment from the numerous chemicals in non-ecofriendly, household detergents and cleaners.

Getting Rid of House Spiders

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Spiders are universally feared by many people. In fact they even have their own phobia: arachnophobia. Despite their rather fearsome reputation, almost all of the spiders found in the United States are completely harmless. There are only a few namely the black widow spider and the family of brown recluse spider that pose a threat to humans. Still however, house spiders often cause homeowners to call a pest exterminator.

Top 10 Tips for Kitchen Cleaning

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The kitchen is one of, if not the most famous room in the home. It must withstand high traffic, spills, messes, young kids, pets and even dirty shoes every so often.  Here’s some tips for cleaning your kitchen.

Handmade Quilt Care – Things Never To Do To A Quilt

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A handmade quilt is a labor of love and should be considered a prized possession. You want to make sure it will last for years to come and look as beautiful as the day the last stitch of the binding was tied off. Here are some things you should never do if you want your one-of-a-kind creation to maintain its original beauty.

How to Clean House Fast – or at least How to Quickly Make it Look Clean

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Sometimes when you want to clean your house fast, what you may really be wanting to do is to quickly make it look like it is clean. Typically, when guests come over, you’d like them to get the impression that you are a good housekeeper. (Especially if it is a potential mate who you want to impress.)

How to Remove Skunk Odor

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Oh no! Your pet got sprayed by a skunk. What should you do now? The first thing many people think of is tomato juice. Don’t bother, because it doesn’t work. I will explain why later in this article. So, if tomato juice won’t work, then what will? A 2% solution of vinegar will help a little, but it won’t really do that much.

How Pioneers Washed Clothes

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The cleaning chapter from the Iowa Settlers Manual of 1881 explains how to make a basic liquid laundry detergent using available materials.

Washing clothes in the days of the pioneers and settlers was an elaborate ritual. Multiple tubs of water, scrubbing boards, handmade soaps, blue dyes for the white clothes, salt for the colored – and all done on a Monday. Monday was always washing day.

A Detailed Checklist for a Clean Bathroom

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A bathroom, although perhaps small compared to other rooms in the house, has quite a few different surfaces that need specialized care. In addition, because of the germs present, you have to be certain to disinfect surfaces. It is most efficient if you work from the top to the bottom, and move around the room in one direction. To ensure that you don’t miss cleaning anything in your bathroom, a checklist can be helpful. The following checklist can be used in two ways. In its entirety, it is a detailed checklist that lists specific tasks that must be done. Once the scope of these tasks becomes routine, however, then you may only need to use the subject headings as your checklist.

Ways to Clean The Kitchen with Baking Soda

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There are really many ways to clean with baking soda. This is one of the best non-poisonous products that you can use to clean the kitchen. This is a very good solution.

Uses of Soapnut Shells – a Natural & Eco Friendly Detergent

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Uses of Soapnut shells:

How Soapnuts clean your laundry? The process by which Soapnuts clean your clothes is naturally quite simple. The soapnut shells contains a natural saponin that works as a surfactant, making your water “wetter” and allowing it to penetrate the fibers of yours clothing, working away the dirt, keeping it in suspension in the water until it’s drained away, taking the dirt with it.

Love Your Lemons

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Love Your Lemons! Next time you go out to eat, order lemon wedges.

Aromatherapy Uses- Household Cleaning and Freshening

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If you’ve got to clean house, why not reap the benefits of aromatherapy while you’re at it! If you’ve ever tackled household chores, you know that the smell of some products is overwhelming. If used without proper ventilation, many can even cause sickness.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your household chores were invigorating rather than tiring? They can be and your home can be too. Here’s how. First, a few tips.

Making your own household cleansers is easy, fun and cost-effective, especially if you make large amounts.

Eco Cleaning Solutions For The Kitchen

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Nowadays a lot of people try to figure out different ways to clean their houses with natural products rather than chemicals. Some feel responsible for the environment and the bad effects they might cause. Others are concerned about their family members and children, especially babies, which will breath the subtle scents these chemicals leave after their use. But no matter what you reasons are, cleaning green is a very good solution. Especially for your kitchen, where you store your food. Here are some useful tips.

Thirty Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tip Ideas

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When you first glimpse a solid hardwood floor, you sense richness, warmth and natural beauty. Gradually, you get to know its distinct personality and to enjoy its unique visual harmonies offering a glimpse into the traces of its natural history in the forest as it is brought into your home.

Top Tips For Cleaning Your Silver Antiques

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Silver is a very precious and beautiful metal. It can add a touch of elegance to many tea sets, flatware and other dining items. Although it certainly has beauty, it is also a very soft and fragile metal, which means it tarnishes, scratches and stains easily. Many silver collectors find it a little scary to clean their precious items of silver due to the fear of damaging them.

Vinegar – Floor Cleaning Methods

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These days, there is a lot of emphasis on using environmentally friendly cleaning products. The purpose of this article, Vinegar-Floor Cleaning Tips, is to illustrate to you how you can use a common household ingredient as a not-so-common (and pretty good) floor cleaner.

How to Care for Solid Hardwood Floors Repair and Cleaning Tips

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Living with Natural Hardwood Floors

Solid hardwood floors repay a little care with a lifetime of value. When you first glimpse a solid hardwood floor, you sense richness, warmth and natural beauty. Gradually, you get to know its distinct personality — visual harmonies, the traces of history in the forest and in your home.

The Basics of Baby Laundry

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Ah, the sweet smell of a clean baby! You may be tempted to enhance that clean, fresh smell by running baby diapers and onesies through a final rinse with fabric softener – but don’t! The perfumes in fabric softener can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin, or spark allergies that cause uncomfortable rashes. With all those adorable babies and teddy bears on fabric softener packages, who would have guessed?

Quick Remedies for Summer Stains

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You’ll need a kettle of boiling water and a helper. Have the helper pull the fabric taut over the sink or a bucket while you hold the kettle about a foot above it. Pour a stream of boiling water right into the stain. It’ll disappear like magic thanks to the combination of the heat and the pressure.

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

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Three easy ways to make homemade laundry detergent using one simple laundry soap recipe.

How to Easily Care for Silver

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Whatever happened to the silver table service items you received for your wedding? The silver bowls, platters, serviceware and flatware are probably sitting in the china cabinet becoming tarnished because who has time to polish silver? And no one actually uses them, do they?

Setting Your Dishwasher For The Best Wash Ever

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Dishwashers sometimes come in for some bad press, particularly because it is assumed they waste energy and water. However this is rarely the case – usually dishwashers use less water and less energy than washing your plates by hand. So it is quite possible to be environmentally friendly and enjoy the convenience of a dishwasher. If you want to get better and cheaper performance from your dishwasher, here are some hints.