More Closet Organizing Tips.

by Chris Gardner

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 to...

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12 Other Things To Do with Cola.

by Chris Gardner

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?) 

12 Other Things To Do with Cola.
  • 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 upset...

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15 Alternative Uses for Coffee Filters.

by Chris Gardner
15 Alternative Uses for Coffee Filters.

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...

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How to clean LCD screens?

by DIY Maven

How to clean LCD screens?

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 turn...

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15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

by Chris Gardner

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.

15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

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 paste...

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

by Chris Gardner

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

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

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26 Other Things You Can Do With Toothpaste.

by Chris Gardner

"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).

 

26 Other Things You Can Do With Toothpaste.
 

 

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Top 10 Uses for Bar Soap (Besides the Obvious)

by DIY Maven

Top 10 Uses for Bar Soap (Besides the Obvious)

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. ...

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Top 10 Uses For Used Coffee Grounds

by DIY Maven

Top 10 Uses For Used Coffee Grounds

1. Deodorizer. Dry them out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer, or rub them on your hands to get rid of food prep smells.

 

2. Plant food. Plants such as rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias that prefer acidic soils will appreciate the leftovers from your...

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1001 Uses for White Distilled Vinegar

by DIY Maven

1001 Uses for White Distilled Vinegar

When my pal Jasimar posted the question about non-toxic cleaning products, my first thought was vinegar. I’ve used it to freshen my drains and clean my wood floors and windows for years. My second thought was POST TOPIC! How many other vinegar hints could I find if I employed almighty Google? How about 1001 on one website alone? Vinegartips.com is devoted to distilled white vinegar and even includes fun vinegar facts. Of course I can’t promise...

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25 Alternative Uses for Fabric-Softener Dryer Sheets

by Chris Gardner

Uses for dryer sheets - alternative uses

Here are some great uses for dryer sheets once you're done with them. Instead of letting your fabric softener sheets pile up in a corner, try one of these alternative uses instead! 

 

 

1. Dusting: used dryer sheets can knock the dust off nearly any surface, including furniture, blinds, car interiors, baseboards/molding. Also works for sawdust and drywall compound.

 

Use dryer sheets as a mosquito repellant

2. Keep bugs away: Tuck some in your picnic basket or under...

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Poll: How Often Do You Clean

by Bruno Bornsztein

Poll: How Often Do You Clean
Sore subject? Maybe. I know some people who sweep and dust their home every single weekend. Other (who shal remain unnamed) are lucky if they pick up their dirty laundry off the floor once a month.

Me? I'm somewhere in between. A clean house makes me feel calm and unburdened, but I don't let keeping it clean become an all-consuming obsession.

How about you?

 

Cat-cleaning photo: de.ef.ha 

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