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The "Does It Work?" Challenge: Polishing Silver with Baking Soda

by Molly Mc
created at: 03/12/2012
 
In observance of Cleaning and Organization month on Curbly, we're staging our own version of Mythbusters and trying out some fabled household tips and tricks to see if they really work. Yesterday, I tried cleaning windows with newspaper and coffee filters. Today I attempt polishing silver with a shortcut using baking soda, but not in the way you might think....
 
 

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Alternative Uses for Baking Soda: Free Cheat Sheet Download

by Bruno Bornsztein

Alternative uses for baking soda (PDF download)

This month we're focusing on cleaning and organization, and we're giving away a series of helpful cheat sheet PDFs from the Curbly library. So far, we've shared a kitchen cleaning cheat sheet, a bathroom cleaning cheat sheet, and a general house cleaning cheat sheet. Today, we're unveiling a brand new one: a cheat sheet with alternative and household uses for baking soda.

Read on to find out how to download it today!

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Free House Cleaning Cheat Sheet (and Check List)!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Free Home Cleaning Cheat Sheet and Check List

It's cleaning and organization month on Curbly, and we we're offering free, downloadable cheat sheets and check lists to make your spring cleaning a breeze (these are from last year, but they're still awesome). Today: a general check list and cheat sheet for home cleaning.

Read on to find out how to download the free PDF immediately! 

Here's how to get your download:

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Give Your Loo a Lift: Bathroom Organization Tips

by Craftmel

created at: 03/06/2012

We've all seen it.  Actually, I think a lot of us refuse to see it on account that we will have to do something about it if we acknowledge its existence. Regardless, there are few places more ominous than under the bathroom sink (Bruno's basement being one!).  Before panic sets in, it is useful to have an arsenal of tidying tips on hand.  

Ashley of Lil Blue Boo is on a mission to clean and organize every little space in...

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Free Download: Bathroom Cleaning Cheat Sheet and Checklist

by Chris Gardner

Free bathroom cleaning checklist and cheat sheet

Hello March! It's cleaning and organization month on Curbly, and we have lots of great stuff planned for you guys in the next few weeks. To start it off, we're offering free, downloadable cheat sheets and check lists to make your spring cleaning a breeze. Last week, we shared our cheat sheet for cleaning heart of the home - your kitchen - and today, we're showing you how to stay on top of that most dreaded of spaces: the bathroom.

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Free Kitchen Cleaning Cheat Sheet (and Check List)!

by Bruno Bornsztein
Free Downloadable Kitchen Cleaning Cheat Sheet

Hello March! It's cleaning and organization month on Curbly, and we have lots of great stuff planned for you guys in the next few weeks. To start it off, we're offering free, downloadable cheat sheets and check lists to make your spring cleaning a breeze (these are from last year, but they're still awesome). The first: a check list and cheat sheet for the heart of the home - your kitchen.

Get your free download:  ...

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How to Clean Up Your Basement (or Die Trying)

by Bruno Bornsztein

There is a secret I've been hiding. It is large, and it is dirty, and might even be in violation of a few state and federal laws. But hiding it doesn't make it any less real, so I've decided to just come out with it:

This is my basement.

And before you get any weird ideas; no, it's not full of dead bodies (dead mice, maybe). When I said state and federal laws I meant city and county building codes. But just because your basement isn't as bad as a murderer's doesn't mean it isn't really, really bad. Anyway, if that's the standard you're holding yourself to, you have bigger problems to deal with.

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How to: Prep Your Kitchen Pantry and Closets for the Holiday Season

by Chris Gardner
created at: 11/14/2011
This guest blog post was written by The Stow Company, which designs and manufactures intelligent home organization solutions for all areas of the home, ranging from full-service, dealer supplied solutions to do-it-yourself storage systems available online and in retail stores. Solutions include closet organizers, garage cabinets, and organization systems for home offices, kitchen pantries, laundry rooms, mudrooms and more. Join the conversation on Twitter and connect with The Stow Company on Facebook.

As the holidays quickly approach, people everywhere scramble to get their homes ready to entertain friends and host out-of-town guests. It is important to have the high traffic areas such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom clean and tidy, but make sure not to overlook two easily forgotten areas: the kitchen pantry and guest closet.

Make your visitors feel right at home with these tips for creating clean and organized spaces.

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The Tetris'd Kitchen: Putting Everything in its Place

by Alicia Lacy

This summer, Bruno told you all about our sometimes-trying, very-rewarding kitchen makeover (parts 1, 2, and 3). What he didn't tell you about was all the work I put in behind the scenes to make our kitchen look photographable (huh, musta just slipped his mind). No, our kitchen doesn't always look like that:

Today, I'll tell you about all the organizational hoops I had to jump through to get our cupboards, pantry and lazy susan under...

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DIY Green Cleaners

by Craftmel

created at: 09/12/2011

Green cleaning products don't always have to come from your local "Green" grocer.  My older sister is a good example of this-- she makes a lot of her cleaning solutions and is in love with the result she gets, both by way of a fresh, clean house and by saving money.  Want a few home-made cleaning recipes?  

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Caldrea Countertop Cleaner: Herbs of Provence

by Bruno Bornsztein

Caldrea Herbs of Provence countertop cleaner
Man, I can not tell you how much I never imagined I would write a blog post with that title. But last week Alicia brought home a bottle of Caldrea's Herbs of Provence countertop cleaner from Target, and after a quick wipe-down in the kitchen, I was in love.

Listen to me. I sound like an idiot. But honestly, this stuff smells so good that I don't care. I once took a tour of a soap making factory in Provence (imagine a field in the French...

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Spring Cleaning: Eco-Chic Ideas For Your Home

by Capree K

created at: 03/31/2011

We've covered our bases with green cleaning products, ideas for re-using old towels (shaggy-cool bath mats!), and tips for cleaning out and organizing those pesky junk drawers.  But what do you do with all those random items you've cleared out?  Sure, you could throw them away, but we have a better idea.  Put on your creative caps and turn them into one-of-a-kind, eco-chic items for your home!  

created at: 03/31/2011

From wine cork...

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Garage Organization 101

by DIY Maven

created at: 03/25/2011

During Curbly's Spring Cleaning Month, we've been concentrating on the indoors. Today we venture out a bit and head to the often neglected garage!    

created at: 03/25/2011

With warm temperatures here (or, hopefully, just around the corner) it's a great time to reclaim your garage for its intended purpose, as, according to the US Department of Energy, only 1/4 of all homeowners with a 2-stall garage can't even park 1 car in their...

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