The Queen of Clean! Does she wear a cape made of dryer sheets? Does she leap laundry hampers in a single bound? I have no idea, but she does de-bunks laundry myths faster than a speeding bullet. (The busts are brought to us by Vaska, thus the shout out). So here they are, straight from the Dirt Buster's mouth:
If the clothes are really dirty use more detergent.
This is not a good idea; too much detergent doesn’t rinse out, attracts dirt and is hard on the fibers. Use the recommended amount per load. Continue Reading
In today's video I give you a little entertaining cheat sheet with a few ideas of key pieces and indispensable items to have on hand at home to make having people over easy and stress-free.
Having guests, friends and family over to your nest should be fun and enjoyable and doesn't need to be panic-attack-inducing. The most important thing is to be in the moment and enjoy your company, instead of fretting over how clean your house is or what you are going to serve.
More great ideas after the jump...
Last week I posted 6 ways to use your digital camera for DIY, however, if you include the GREAT TIPS in the comments section of the post, it was more like 12 ways. With such a wonderful response, I thought I'd add a few more ways I use my digi for DIY.
1. You can get some wonderful design ideas from public spaces such as hotels, restaurants and, yes, even bars, where proprietors are used to camera flashes. (I'm often inspired by theirContinue Reading
Anecdote: When MWT and I first started dating, I assisted him in changing the brakes on one of his old beaters. I've forgotten which one. It could have been 'Herb', the 1964 Chevelle handed down from his grandfather, or the '76 Nova that he bought from his family's barber, or the rusty/orange GMC 10 pickup of an unknown year affectionately referred to as 'The Unit'. Whichever it was, when the tire was off and the parts were scattered across the garage floor, we realized we didn't pay close enough attention to how we dismantled the thing. We were in quite the pickle. We decidedContinue Reading
If you haven't heard, we're in a buyer's market. That's great news if you're shopping for a home; not so good if you need to sell your home. As a seller, you need to make your property stand out among all the others in the neighborhood. However, doing so doesn't mean having to invest a ton Continue Reading
The initials UL have been synonymous with safety for the last 115 years, so when Underwriters Laboratories offered to share with us their DIY Home Improvement Safety Tip Sheet (for both amateur and veteran DIYers) I jumped at the chance. No messing around; here it is, verbatim. Continue Reading
Whether you need it for your toast, or its time to whip up your first batch of holiday cookies, there's all sorts of occassions in which you need to bring chill-chested butter to room temp without melting it. The microwave is out, but these six ideas from TipNut will get you spreadable in a flash.
- Grate with a box grater
- Heat gently in a glass bowl with warm water
- Get a butter curler, and heat it slighty.
Plastic wrap, cellophane, Saran Wrap, cling wrap... whatever you call it, this just-a-bit-too-sticky surface does what it does - sealing food in containers to keep it fresh - and does it well. Turns out, there's at least eight other things it can do, as well, and they've been compiled thusly by Diane Rixon at DIYLife.
- Salvage corked wine
- Preserve paint and spackles
- Pack silverware
- Get a non-slip grip
- Banish frizzies
- Keep ice cream fresh
- SealContinue Reading
A quick lunch out in the middle of the workday...it's easy, usually tasty, and a great break from your occupational worries.
'Cept, it's also rarely healthful, and those $5 a day can quickly add up week after week. The answer, of course, is to pack your own...and with these tips from DumbLittleMan, you can keep your brownbags interesting, healthful, and inexpensive.
Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy.
- Take better photos.
- Make something people actually want.
- Make something other people aren't making.
- Build a cohesive line.
- Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
- Take betterContinue Reading
No matter how I try to not pick up my office for work, I simply can't be productive in a chaotic space. Whether trying to be creative, efficient, or just less distracted, I simply need a clutter-free, accessible space. So, these twenty-one tips from Real Simple seem perfect for folks just like me, AND for those who need a bit more structure in their workspace.
Briana Feola of Brainstorm Print & Design. is a full time artist with a huge passion for gardening. She's assembled ten great tips for Indie Fixx on getting started with your own food production garden.
1) START SMALL
2) START PLANTS INSIDE
4) OBTAIN APPROPRIATE SUPPLIES
5) PICK SEEDS AND PLANTS NATIVE TO YOUR AREA
6) GET PROPER FENCING TO KEEP CRITTERS OUT
7) GET THE SOIL READY
8) DON’TContinue Reading
This June, Treehugger has been devoting a great deal of research and articles to issues of fresh water. To kick off the feature, they've collected some tremendous resources to conserve, cut back, and reuse on a daily basis. Check out a few links below, and click here for the full article.
How to Go Green: Water
Conserve Water Outside
a few easy ways to conserve.
Straight from the pros, these cleaning tips will make house-cleaning day less of a chore.
- Make a house cleaning check list.
- Evaluate the space and i.d. trouble spots; plan accordingly by buy the right supplies for the job.
- Get help. If you don't live alone, other people are adding to the mess; the least they can do is help clean it up!
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