10 Homemade Air Fresheners

By: Chrisjob Oct 08, 2007

Vacuum. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice in your vacuum's bag before sweeping your carpet.

Extracts. Combine vanilla, almond, or other extract with a cup of water, and spritz with a spray bottle about your living space.

Vinegar. Simply place a bowl of vinegar in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc, and let it sit while you're away for a few hours. When you return, the vinegar smell will have gone away, taking other odorsContinue Reading

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22 Alternative Uses for Petroleum Jelly.

By: Chrisjob Oct 01, 2007

According to Wikipedia:

"The raw material for petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania where it was stuck to some of the first oil rigs in the U.S. The workers disliked the paraffin like material because it caused the rigs to seize up, but they used it on cuts and burns because it hastened healing. Robert Chesebrough, a young chemist whose previous work of distilling fuel from the oil of sperm whales had been renderedContinue Reading

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Top 10 ways to dust proof your house.

By: Diy maven Sep 28, 2007

Keeping dust under control isn’t just an aesthetic thing; it can also be an allergy thing. Here are some tips from RD and Garden and Hearth to keep the mites under control.

10. Skip the heavy drapes. Curtains and heavy drapery capture dust. Consider replacing them with blinds or shutters, which are easily cleaned.

9. Mind your bed. Rotate your bed and wash bedding (in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit) weekly. You might also want toContinue Reading

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How To Treat Specific Carpet Spills and Stains.

By: Chrisjob Sep 26, 2007

Here's the skinny on specific techniques fo removing most carpet-staining culprits. (Read this post too!)

The "Housekeeper" from Club Femina suggests solutions for:

  • Acid
  • Alcohol
  • Blood
  • Butter
  • Wax
  • Gum
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Crayon
  • Gravy
  • Mud
  • Soda

And all sorts more...


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Basic Soap Making.

By: Chrisjob Sep 19, 2007

"The intention here is to provide the basic data on how to make soap from the most basic materials. There are many fancier soap recipes which make better soaps, as long as you have all the ingredients.





A small plastic dishpan, about 10″ x 12″ 
A glass or enamel 2-quart saucepan 
1 can of lye (sodium hydroxide), 12 ounces 
3 pounds of lard 
Plastic gloves [really; use eye-protection too] 

Learn the a couple of basic soap makingContinue Reading

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8 Ways to Conquer Clutter.

By: Chrisjob Sep 18, 2007

You have things that you haven't used in years. Stuff that doesn't fit. Stuff that's ugly. BeingParent offers 8 tips to help you Let Go of Clutter.

1. Throw it away.

2. Get storage containers.

3. Free Stuff is not always good.

4. Give it away.

5. Sell it.

6. Shred it.

7. Get professional help.

8. Create and Stick to a schedule.




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Cure Your Home in 8 Weeks with Apartment Therapy's Fall Cure 2007!!!

By: Chrisjob Sep 09, 2007

Beginning Monday, September 10th, Apartment Therapy begins their Fall Cure: the 8 week program to declutter, dedrama, and decor a room in your home. The process is outline in the AT book, and you can join your closest regional cure group, and post your progress on its Flickr page!

(The best part = it ends with a party!)




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15 Household Uses for Table Salt.

By: Chrisjob Sep 06, 2007

"Thousands of years ago salt was a valuable commodity and was used in place of money. Salt was given to the parents of the groom until the 8th century and by the 12th century it was sold for it's weight in gold. Salt has been used for many things through the years and in many ways but in our day we know it mostly for it's ability to enhance the flavor of our food."

  • Discern a fresh egg.
  • Discourage ants
  • Cooking apples
  • Color pantyhose
  • Clean oven messes
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How to Organize Your Manuals, Warranties, and Instructions.

By: Chrisjob Sep 04, 2007

Though stereotypes abound, I (a man) love to read the paperwork and manuals that come with a new purchase. I'll sit down and read the whole thing before I even mess with my new gear, somewhat for safety and know-how, but mostly to prolong the excitement.

    And I keep all the manuals. There's boxes in my basement, and it takes way too long to sort through all the nonsense just to reference a quick setting. So, though they're not rocketscience,Continue Reading

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30 Unique Uses for Dental Floss.

By: Chrisjob Sep 04, 2007

You know you should floss daily. It removes the goo from in between your teeth that your brush simply cannot reach. While you have it out, check out 30 other uses from Gomestic.com.

Some Highlights:

  • Hang things
  • Cut food into thin slices
  • Patch holes
  • Repair clothing
  • Separate stuck photographs
  • Remove food from a baking tray
  • Remove a tight ring from a finger
  • Repair glue joints in furniture
  • Clean inside small cracks and crevices
Floss illustration fromContinue Reading
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How to Get Stains Out of Carpeting

By: Diy maven Aug 20, 2007

Although I included links to these handy guides in my CSI: Carpet Scene Investigation post, I thought they deserved a post of their very own. First, from Fabric Link comes an alphabetical who’s who of horrible stains. From acid toilet cleaners to wine, there’s something for everybody. Also worth a look-see is 3M’s stain removal guide, which they bill as alternatives to using one of their own products. How magnanimous of them.

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More Closet Organizing Tips.

By: Chrisjob Aug 16, 2007

Shopping Blog Shefinds suggests: "organizing your closet doesn't have to be a nightmare. If that dark hole of disorganization is not the sanctuary it could and should be, then you've come to the right place. Turn a can of sardines into a spacious stylist's mecca and spend merely a fraction of what you'd pay for a custom-built closet system. We've found the products toContinue Reading

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A Field Guide To Stains.

By: Chrisjob Aug 15, 2007

"At last, a guide to identifying and doing battle with more than 100 stains, from antiperspirants to tar! Divided into handy sections for easy step-by-step removal when time is of the essence: Bodily Functions, Sauces and Condiments, Beverages and more. This guide has a sturdy, stain- proof exterior – making it a necessity for every cubicle, glove compartment and college dorm."



Available for 14.99 from Spoonsisters.com 


[Via Cribcandy] 

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12 Other Things To Do with Cola.

By: Chrisjob Aug 13, 2007

With a pH level around 3, regular cola can work its sweet and acidic magic on items all over the home. Lizzie from Gomestic offers 12 new ways to use the soft drink to make your life cleaner and more fun...(and more sticky?) 

  • Clean a burnt saucepan.
  • Age a photograph.
  • Lighten an intense hair dye.
  • Clean your coins.
  • Clean the toilet.
  • Make a barbecue sauce.
  • Condition your hair.
  • Rid your plants of slugs.
  • Loosen rusty bolts.
  • Clean jewelry.
  • Settle an upsetContinue Reading
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15 Alternative Uses for Coffee Filters.

By: Chrisjob Aug 09, 2007

Tea Bags. Wrap loose leaf tea in a filter, then secure and suspend from a piece of string.

Line potted plants. Put a used coffee filter in the bottom of planters to prevent fine dirt particles from falling through the bottom.

Help little hands stay clean. Though adults should be responsible and not rely on disposable dinnerware, sometimes a coffee filter is the perfect size to contain finger foods (and protect carpet or clothing) in young hands.Continue Reading

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How to clean LCD screens?

By: Diy maven Aug 06, 2007

The recent addition of a rather large LCD television has prompted a slough of warnings. ‘Don’t touch it! Don’t clean it with paper towels! And whatever you do, DON’T use Windex on it!’ Okay, okay, I get the point! A bit of investigation as to the care of LCD's was necessary.

According to Apple’s website, they recommend cleaning LCD’s by the following method:

1. Turn off the computer or display. You may need to turn off the computer in order to turnContinue Reading

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15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

By: Chrisjob Jul 25, 2007

Proper care of hardwood floors can be difficult under the everyday trample of a family and pets. Preserving the natural beauty of hardwood keeps your home looking crisp and is a crucial part of maintaining your investment and your home's value.

1. Get to know your specific type of flooring and finish, and rely on the manufacturers instructions whenever available.

2. Research the proper care for your particular finish. For example, never use pasteContinue Reading

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Clean Your Closet and Make Space for More 'Good'.

By: Chrisjob Jul 24, 2007

Blogger Edith Yeung offers sound advice for cleaning not only your storage closet, but your mental/emotional 'closet' as well.

Edith suggests:

Throw it away when: 

  1. You don’t feel good about it.

  2. You don’t like it.

  3. You don’t feel comfortable wearing it.

  4. You don’t remember you had it.

  5. You have not worn it even once in the past 12 months.

  6. It doesn’t fit you anymore. 

  7. The only reason you keep because it is expensive.

Change the "throw it away"Continue Reading

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26 Other Things You Can Do With Toothpaste.

By: Chrisjob Jul 20, 2007

"Although the primary use of toothpaste is to clean and improve the aesthetic appearance and health of teeth, there are also 26 other things that you can use it for. Every household has one and every household uses it at least twice a day. And because of the common availability of toothpaste, you can try everything below." 

Generally, for non-dental purposes, the cheaper, whiter, and grittier your toothpaste, the better (no 3- part gels here).




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Top 10 Uses for Bar Soap (Besides the Obvious)

By: Diy maven Jul 16, 2007

10. Lubricant. Stuck drawers or windows? Rub a bar of soap on your drawer glides and the bottoms of the sides to ease sticky drawers. For windows, rub the soap on the sliding elements.

9. Deodorizer. Place a bar of your favorite soap inside your suitcase or your drawers to keep them smelling fresh. The same goes for your car; a bar of pleasingly scented soap might be just the thing after that new car smell has faded–or never was.

8. Repellant. Continue Reading

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