Curbly Recession Busters: Cleaning Your House on the Cheap!

by DIY Maven

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 homemade–and...

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How To Make Wool Dryer Balls.

by Chris Gardner

These wool dryer balls are a natural, handmade alternative to chemical fabric softeners or commercial dryer agitation products. They're a clever way to use extra yarn, and are a guaranteed way to keep your laundry habits easy and ethical.

Materials:

•    Wool Yarn:
•    Old Pantyhose or sock
•    Cotton or Acrylic Yarn or String
•    Scissors
•    Small Crochet Hook
•    Measuring Tape
•    Natural scents

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A Beginner's Guide To Pantry Organization.

by Chris Gardner

The Organized Home offers a useful article on keeping your cabinets clean and your groceries stocked and, well, findable. "It's the secret weapon of a well-organized kitchen: a working pantry. A planned reserve of foodstuffs and sundries used in the. home, a pantry saves time, money and stress in the kitchen.

Tap the pantry for unexpected meals and reduce trips to the supermarket. Stock it with frugal finds to lower grocery...

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10 Easy Household Time Savers.

by Chris Gardner

Here's ten excellent ideas to cut down on major house and life-cleaning projects. I especially like the leaving the dishwasher open while cooking, provided it's not a safety hazard.

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  1. Keep the dishwasher open and fill with dirty dishes as you cook. Have a sink full of hot soapy water to hold the hand wash items so they can soak and be easily cleaned.
  2. Sort the silverware as you fill the dishwasher, each type...

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The Most Versatile Soap in the World

by DIY Maven

After spotting Home Soap Household Cleaner at the co-op, I decided to give it a try. After all, it’s purported to be the most versatile soap ever made. What does it clean? Just about anything you can think of, but the label suggests trying it on:

the car
the barbeque grill
fruits
vegetables
fabrics
paint brushes
the dishes
counter tops
the stove
floors
walls
and the dog

Made of ‘a blend of purified water, coconut derived surfactants and pure essential...

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist.

by Chris Gardner

TipNut.com has created the most extensive list on the web for sweeping out your post winter dirties and dusties. If you can accomplish at least half, you can consider yourself spring cleaned.

Indoors

Working From The Top Down

   1. Ceilings
   2. Walls
   3. Windows
   4. Cupboards, Counters, Drawers, Shelves
   5. Furniture & Appliances
   6. Floors

Declutter & Organize...

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40 Household Tasks You Can Accomplish in 5 Minutes or Less.

by Chris Gardner

You know those chores and jobs you know have to get done, but are so overwhelming that you can't face them? Women's Day magazine has assembled a list of those chores, and divided them into 40 totally manageable tasks that you can accomplish in under five minutes.

In the Kitchen:

 -Dust for prints

 -Toss spoiled produce

 -Clean two fridge shelves at a time

Bedroom:

 -Dresser de-messer

 -Closet cleans

...

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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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