27 Household Uses for Citrus.

by Chris Gardner

Citrus fruits come from the family rutaceae, and include species such as limes, lemons, grapefruit, tangerine, citron, rangpur, Buddha's hand, and myriad types of oranges.

Like everything else that's good for you and delicious, they also boast an abundance of household uses. Re-Nest (by Apartment Therapy) suggests:

  • Rub lemon on your faucets to remove lime scale, hard water stains, and soap residue. It also works on porcelain.
  • ...

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10 Odd Things to Put in Your Dishwasher

by DIY Maven

Dishwashers can do more interesting stuff than just cleaning your dishes. Here's some other items that could stand a stint in the dishwasher.

10. Glass light fixtures. (Light cycle.)

9. Vegetable brushes and pot scrubbers. (Top rack might be the way to go here.)

8. Plastic baby toys. (Preferably ones without batteries, but even those could survive a stint in the washer. See proof here.)

7. Plastic desktop paraphernalia, like pen cups and...

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10 Alternative Uses For Alka-Seltzer.

by Chris Gardner

  1. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action will help loosen the grime.
  2. Attract Fish. Fish dig on bubbles. Fill a tube jig with a piece of Alka-Seltzer and cast off.
  3. Clean hard-to-reach areas of deep vessels, such as a flower vase. Fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
  4. Polish jewelry. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and...

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How To Clean Stainless Steel.

by Chris Gardner

Stainless steel is all the rage for kitchen appliances and decor, and is still a prime choice for high-end cookware. But a wet rag won't always take the goo off, and often leaves streaks and dark spots. Here are several inexpensive, natural ways to clean the material using household products.

  • The gentlest method of cleaning stainless steel is to simply wipe the surface with hot water and a soft, clean cloth.
  • If plain water...

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15 New Uses for Epsom Salt.

by Chris Gardner

Epsom salt - magnesium sulfate - are a major component of most bath salts, potting soils. and in some lotions and gels intended for pain relief. Its high magnesium content and gritty texture makes useful for all sorts of other tasks. Gomestic has assembled a mighty fine fifteen here.

  1. Eliminates Toxins from the Body
  2. Exfoliates Skin
  3. Athlete's Foot
  4. Cleans Bathroom Tiles
  5. As a First Aid
  6. Hair Conditioner
  7. Removes Foot Odor
  8. Keeps your Lawn Pleasant
  9. As a...

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22 Items You Need in Your Cleaning Kit.

by Chris Gardner

"With these inexpensive products and tools. you'll have everything you need to tackle the whole house."

  1. Microfiber cloths
  2. Scrub brush
  3. Spray bottle
  4. Rubber gloves
  5. Tootbrush
  6. Dry cleaning sponge
  7. Squeegee
  8. Disinfecting wipes
  9. Mild abrasive cleaner
  10. Vinegar
  11. Dishwashing liquid
  12. All purpose cleaner
  13. Baking soda
  14. Caddy
  15. Microfiber duster
  16. Handbroom and dustpan
  17. Toilet Brush
  18. Broom
  19. Sponge mop
  20. Dust mop
  21. Extendable Duster
  22. Vacuum

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10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Home Office Cheaply.

by Chris Gardner

Whether you're writing your next novel, balancing your checkbook, or simply creating a killer Curbly post, it's essential to be inspired and motivated by your workspace. Here's ten ideas for making your home office a creative haven on the cheap.

 

 

  1. Buy a Plant
  2. Get a Recycling System
  3. Tidy Up the Wires
    • Bind cords together
    • Clamp long running wires to walls
    • Get retractable cords.
  4. Add a Filing Cabinet
  5. Organise Your Desk
  6. Get some Colour
  7. Get a Clock
  8. ...

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How To Remove Soot and Smoke Stains From Your Fireplace.

by Chris Gardner

The winter time is the right time for nestling besides the glow from your fireplace. Unfortunately, the escape of smoke can often leave deposits on the stones or bricks on your hearth, To clean them, simply dissolve Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) into a bucket of water, following the directions on the package, then scrub it down with a firm-bristled brush. Repeat as necessary, then rinse.

Photo from susanjablonmosaics.com

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Home Made Swiffers!

by DIY Maven

Merwing posted a pic of these home made Swiffer items. To go really green, I’d use old sweatshirts to make them instead of buying new fleece. The mop cover doesn’t even require a how-to it’s so easy to make! I don’t use the Swiffer duster dealie, so I’m not sure how the fabric ‘hair’ would attach. For those who do use them, is the construction and assembly self-explanatory? Via Craftzine.

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How To Clean Silver [the natural way].

by Chris Gardner

It's the most wonderful time of the year...and by wonderful, we mean getting out your fanciest china and tableware.  If you have a sharp looking set of sterling silver, keep it tarnish free with this natural, earth-friendly cleaning method.

Materials:

  • Silverware (or jewelry, if you please)
  • Saucepan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking Soda
  • Tongs
  • Clean, soft rag

Read the full instructions from Cleaning.GetRidOfThings.com.

[Photo from jupiterimages.com] 

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Thirteen Alternative Uses For Vodka.

by Chris Gardner

As always, there's more than one. You'll note the original list includes fifteen items, but an episode of Mythbusters debunked that vodka helps with poison ivy/oak, and that it deters bees. Still, thirteen other uses can't be beat.

1. Remove a bandaid with less pain.

2. Clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers,

3. Clean your eyeglasses.

4. Prolong the life of razor blades

5. Clean vomit stains.

6. Use as an astringent

7. Mix with shampoo to...

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15 Wonderful Uses For Tea.

by Chris Gardner

Gomestic comes through again with another list of additional uses for a household item:

Fifteen Wonderful Uses for Tea.

  1. Soothe razor burn.
  2. Refresh tired eyes.
  3. Ease pain and bleeding of a lost tooth.
  4. De-stink your feet.
  5. Relieve pain from shots and injections.
  6. Reduce pain from sunburn.
  7. Salve poison ivy rash.
  8. Gargle to reduce toothache.
  9. Wash your hair.
  10. Clean wood furniture.
  11. Nourish your roses.
  12. Clean a mirror.
  13. Keep potted plants healthier
  14. Use as potpourri.
  15. ...

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15 Great Decluttering Tips

by Chris Gardner
  1. Declutter for 15 minutes every day.
  2. Don’t allow things into the house in the first place.
  3. Donate stuff you’re decluttering.
  4. Create a Joe’s Goals chart with decluttering on it.
  5. Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room.
  6. Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen.
  7. Use the “one in, two out” rule.
  8. Make your storage space smaller.
  9. Clothing rule.
  10. The One-Year Box.
  11. Declutter one room.
  12. Keep a list in your planner...

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12 Quick Home Repairs.

by Chris Gardner

Here's 12 quick home repairs: "15 Minute Fixes that won't put a dent in your weekend."

 
  • Repair marked lineoleum floors
  • Revive parched cutting boards
  • Unjamming sliding windows
  • Plumping up deflated cushions
  • Cleaning decanters
  • Organizing and storing cords
  • Fixing unfurled wallpaper
  • Tightening caning
  • Washing chandeliers
  • Removing stubborn decals
  • Removing stuck light bulbs
  • Whitening bathtub stains.
Read the details from Real Simple magazine.

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10 Homemade Air Fresheners

by Chris Gardner

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 odors...

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22 Alternative Uses for Petroleum Jelly.

by Chris Gardner

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 rendered...

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Top 10 ways to dust proof your house.

by DIY Maven

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 to...

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