From our paper shredders (I'm supposed to clean that??) to books to fake plants and just about everything in between, howtocleanstuff.net tells you all you need to know to clean everything you own. HOWEVER, if you can't find it in this catch-all Things You Own list, check out the site's other catagories, which… Continue Reading
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Don't you wish your house had that fresh spa smell when walked in the door? There used to be a candle that replicated that wonderful aroma, but like all good things, it was discontinued. Not to worry, over on TipNut there are nine simple recipes involving eucalyptus that you can whip up to use as household cleaners.
Here are two to get you started and a link to the entire… Continue Reading
Though (at least before October) it doesn't seem quite true that "modern living spaces are getting smaller and smaller with each passing day," there's absolutely nothing wrong with attractive and appealing means of stocking your goods.
"Modern designing is becoming an art that finds the fine balance between style, aesthetic joy and utility. And the most important factor that will save you space, is making sure that you get… Continue Reading
In most areas of the country, it's almost time to go ahead and plant your produce-producing annuals. But unlike your fresh fruits and veggies, you can actually use your herb seedlings as soon as you get them in the ground. Here's ten ways from TipNut to use fresh herbs in your spring cleaning and home maitenance.
- Homemade Herbal Carpet Freshener Recipe
- Herbal Mattress Freshener
- Homemade Herbal Lavender Dryer Bags
- Bugs-Be-Gone Bags
- Homemade… Continue Reading
According to Zen Habits, the trick to successfully decluttering a room is finding a large area to serve as a working and organizing space. Then, you can:
"2. Start on one side of the room and work to the other.
3. Do one drawer or shelf or spot on the floor at a time.
4. Pull everything out of the drawer or shelf (or section of floor or what have you), and pile it in the working space. Clean out the drawer or shelf."… Continue Reading
Mold. It's BAD NEWS. As well as just being gross it can do some pretty rotten things to your lungs. Prevention is definitely the way to go, as once you've got mold it's the very devil to get rid of. Luckily, you don't need harsh chemicals to stop mold arriving and bringing 50 gazillion of it's friends. Jennifer Chait, green-mama-maven over at Inhabitots has a recipe for an all-natural mold prevention… Continue Reading
You know the person at big family gatherings like Thanksgiving, (or my Aunty M's christmas bash) who can't be trusted not to score a messy direct hit on cherished linens, upholstery or carpet? The person you kind of wish you could put at the kid table complete with a drop cloth?
That person would be me. Hi. Sorry.
Luckily I come quipped with knowledge of how to… Continue Reading
Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don't buy them at all. Make 'em.
With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.
- Facial Astringent
- Facial… Continue Reading
With the extra cheer of trees, menorahs, wreaths, and other decor comes the extra clutter of wrapping paper, catalogs, Christmas cards, reciepts, and all the noise, noise, Noise, NOISE!
So, Organized Christmas offers a DIY control-your-Christmas-clutter solution. Using readymade materials, this how-to keeps your stuff where you want it, available when you need it, and away when you don't.
If you live in a place that will have a surplus of snow within the next few months--like I do--you just might want to try this old time method of cleaning area rugs. Apparently, it works for wool, cotton and polyester rugs. Note: You'll want to use DRY snow for this procedure, not the soggy stuff.
- First, if you can, vacuum the front and back of your rug, or gently shake it out.
- Take your rug outside in a protected area and let it… Continue Reading
The holidays are right around the corner, which means you might have last minute guests delivering good cheer. If they happen to catch you between cleaning days, don’t worry. With just a few minutes, you can fake a clean house!
1. Control Odor! That means investing in a good air freshener, opening a window or turning on a fan or air conditioner. If you don’t have room spray, pop a piece of toast into the toaster (but… Continue Reading
You don’t believe in ghosts? Then you are either tragically out of step with the times or possibly a slovenly spiritual housekeeper looking for an excuse to avoid tidying up. A recent Google Internet search for getting rid of ghosts yielded nearly two million hits. By … Continue Reading
It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up. Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.
This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch. You can save loads of dough by doing most jobs yourself. If, for some unknown… Continue Reading
The wisenheimers among us might say the best way to save money on cleaning supplies is not to clean. That, however, is not an option. You can be broke and clean. (Just ask any depression-era housekeeper.) In an effort to embrace those wise and frugal practices, here’s 14 little ways to save big bucks on cleaning day.
- First, the obvious: Make your own cleaning supplies. The internet is replete with websites featuring… Continue Reading
Bummer alert: wood is pourous, and no matter how well you finish it, it's bound to end up stained sooner or later. So whether your home is old with its original floors, or if you have pets, children, or are just particularly clumsy, HandyMan Home Fix offers this how-to for protecting your investment.
From reheating last night's leftovers to making traditional prep faster to creating your own microwave popcorn, the microwave has become an essential piece of contemporary kitchen kit. So maintain your investment by keeping everything clean and functioning with this collection of tips.
- Interior cleaning
- Exterior cleaning
- Making it last
TipNut scores with another excellent household top ten: Using vinegar to make your laundry efforts a bit more successful.
1. Color Brightener.
2. Color Protector.
3. Whiter Whites.
4. Restore Whites.
5. Preserve Linens.
6. Yellowed Items Reviver.
7. Heavy Duty Pre-Soak.
8. Lint Busters.
9. Fabric Softener.
10. Ring Around The Collar Remover.
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- How to Clean Hardwood Flooring
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- How to Clean Marble
- How to Clean… Continue Reading