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  • WINDOW CLEANING FOR NATURAL LIGHT: HOW TO CLEAN WINDOWS WITH VINEGAR
    do about it One of the earliest DIY housecleaning formulas that the media latched on to way back when was to clean your windows with vinegar Remember that It was a good idea the only problem was according to Annie B Bond that years of using commercial products left a residue on windows that wasn t adequately handled by the vinegar The result Streaky windows and a lackluster reputation for homemade housecleaning formulas So if you are looking at the world through dirty windows and want an inexpensive and natural way to clean them you might need a tweak on the simple vinegar formula Try one of these methods depending on your situation First time with vinegar If you are going to clean your windows with vinegar for the first time you need to add an extra ingredient to help combat the residue left over from commercial products Here is Annie s formula 2 cups of water 1 4 cup white distilled vinegar 1 2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap or detergent Combine in a labeled spray bottle spray and wipe Normal dirt Once you have removed any waxy residue with the liquid soap formula you can begin using a diluted white vinegar solution for normal dirt 1 cup white distilled vinegar 1 cup water Combine in a labeled spray bottle spray and wipe Very dirty If you have extra dirty windows or windows with dried paint or hard water mineral spots try warming up full strength white distilled vinegar and applying it directly to the windows What to wipe with As for what to wipe with what s best To avoid streaks it s important to dry the window as quickly as possible once you have cleaned it Many normal cleaning cloths can leave a small flurry of lint not ideal Paper towels are lint free but are too wasteful Some people swear by newspaper it is lint free and the texture of the crumpled paper can work well on grime But if you don t like the feeling of newspaper ink on your hands or if the ink smudges your white window frames or sills you ll need something else Squeegees are good because you only need one towel to wipe and they really do conquer streaks once you have the technique mastered I find that microfiber cleaning cloths work well on just about everything including windows What do you use We d like to hear leave a comment Did you know you can use lemons to clean your windows too There are a lot of natural ways to clean your windows and let the natural light in Windows look best when they re cleaned on a regular basis but do you not have the time or desire to commit to a consistent window cleaning schedule You can trust your team of maids to polish your windows to a sparkling shine that brings the outdoors in every time Enjoy all the benefits of natural light with our window

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  • CITRUS CLEANING: FRESHEN HOME NATURALLY WITH LEMONS
    let sit until the stain fades Can be left overnight then rinsed well and dried 5 Use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub grout 6 Clean your microwave and remove odors Place a cup 3 4 full of water with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice in the microwave Heat to boiling Don t open the door for another 10 minutes Then just wipe away food particles with a clean cloth and dry 7 Put a dilute solution of lemon juice in a spray bottle to clean laminate counter tops Rinse with water and dry afterward 8 Scrub grills and grates with lemon juice and salt 9 Soak plastic food storage containers in dilute lemon juice to remove stains and odors Add baking soda and scrub rinse and dry 10 Remove rust stains from cotton and polyesters Make a paste with lemon juice and cream of tarter and rub the mixture into the stain Let the item sit for about a half hour and then wash as normal test before use 11 Sanitize your garbage disposal Pour a gallon of hot water mixed with a half cup of lemon juice down the drain This tip is from Hometalk com member Ann from Conyers Ga Hometalk com is a social network dedicated to home improvement 12 Brighten your clothing by soaking clothes in a hot water and lemon juice mix about a half cup per gallon of water and then wash as normal Works best if laundry is then dried in the sun Lemon juice should not be used on silks or other delicate fabrics If you are uncertain test a tiny area first 13 Add a few drops of lemon juice to your dish soap to boost degreasing ability 14 Remove odors from your refrigerator with a half lemon on a saucer Change once a week 15 Clean food preparation smells from your hands with a dilute solution of water and lemon juice 16 Remove grease stains from clothing Rub lemon juice into the spot and let sit overnight and then wash as normal 17 Clean windows and mirrors Put a few tablespoons of lemon juice and water into a spray bottle Works as well as a vinegar solution and smells better 18 Keep your toilet bowl fresh Place a half cup of lemon juice in the bowl and swish with a toilet bowl brush 19 Sanitize earrings by placing them in a saucer of lemon juice 20 Unclog your drain with a mixture of baking soda followed by lemon juice The foaming action will clear minor clogs 21 Clean hard water stains on glass shower doors with half a lemon 22 Clean mineral buildup on tea kettle and coffee pots by boiling lemon slices in the pots Allow the mixture to sit for an hour or two and then rinse and dry 23 A dilute lemon juice rinse for your hair cuts soap residue and leaves hair softer and shinier 24 Lastly you can make a facial

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  • INDOOR GARDENING: HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOUSE PLANTS
    colds remove contaminants and even stop headaches Read on to find out about the great health benefits associated with house plants Plants can help fight colds Indoor plants have been shown to reduce cold related illnesses by more than 30 This is due to their effect of increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust Plants can remove airborne contaminants We breathe the same air again and again potentially inhaling harmful substances that are trapped inside Indoor plants can help to remove pollutants including VOCs that cause headaches nausea and more Plants can stop your headaches Filling your home with plants can decrease or eliminate headaches With plants you re much less likely to be breathing the kind of stuffy stale air that contributes to headaches Plants can make you happy House plants can contribute to a feeling of wellbeing making you calmer and more optimistic Studies have shown that patients who face a garden view in their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall Plants can improve your mental health Caring for a living thing can help when you re depressed and lonely giving you a purpose in life Plants can decrease your blood pressure People with plants in their homes have less stress and plants have been known to contribute to lower blood pressure Plants can reduce carbon dioxide During photosynthesis plants draw carbon dioxide from the air Removing this substance can help prevent drowsiness from elevated levels Plants can offer treatment Some indoor plants like aloe can be applied to skin and offer pain relief Plants can prevent allergies Exposing children to allergens such as plants early in life can help them build a tolerance and immunity to the allergen It works like a custom allergy shot naturally Plants can negate cigarette smoke If you are a smoker or live with one a plant may help you remove the airborne chemicals from cigarettes In particular the Peace Lily is a good choice for this health benefit Plants can make your brain work better Potted plants and flowers can improve your idea generation mood and more Plants provide clean air In addition to filtering chemicals plants also put out clean air improving the air quality around them Plants can clear congestion Eucalyptus in particular can help clear phlegm and congestion from your system In fact eucalyptus is often found in congestion remedies Plants are natural humidifiers Instead of buying a humidifier machine to soften the air just bring in a plant or two Plants can improve your sleep Gerbera daisies give off oxygen at night Filling a vase in your bedroom with these flowers can improve your night s rest Even large companies are realizing the benefits of having indoor plants in their offices They relize that plants can increase employee morale plants can increase productivity and and plants can increase health benefits Growing house plants is one way to clean and freshen your air but learn about other ways you can improve your indoor air

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  • CLEANING MICROFIBER—THE RIGHT WAY
    came with information and instructions on how to clean the upholstery Check this information first If you can t find the manufacturer s instructions or even if you can keep these points in mind Microfiber is a man made polyester fabric and gentle soap water and the right upholstery brush are usually all you need to keep it clean Always test any cleaner in an inconspicuous spot When spot cleaning microfiber use a soft cloth to rub in a circular motion Let the surface dry naturally then brush with soft bristles to lift the microfibers and restore the original feel of the microfiber fabric To avoid creating a spot clean the area in a circular motion from the outside in For deep cleaning a microfiber sofa chair or other furniture we recommend a machine such as the Bissell Little Green Multi Purpose Compact Deep Cleaner with its spray cleaner and strong suction For best results clean spills as soon as possible after they happen Obviously set in stains will require more work and more time to clean After cleaning let the fabric air dry When in doubt consult a professional Better safe than sorry RECOMMENDED OxyDeep Stain Remover by WooliteWorks on more than just carpet We used Woolite Oxy Deep Oxygen Activated Stain Remover to clean a food stain on our microfiber love seat It worked great lifted off the stain and didn t leave a mark Your results may vary and we aren t going to make any promises or guarantees but it worked for us From the manufacturer Permanently removes tough set in stains like red wine food stains fruit juice pet messes mud dirt ink chocolate coffee tea blood grease and more Eliminates household stains and odors like garlic onion and fish Safe for all colorfast carpet and upholstery K2R Spotlifter for Cleaning MicrofiberAlso recommended for spot cleaning microfiber upholstery K2R Spotlifter is a very popular quick drying product made to clean carpets dry cleanable clothing and upholstery fabrics such as microfiber This product is recommended by satisfied customers who have used it to clean their own microfiber furniture and have given it glowing reviews If you follow proper instructions cleaning microfiber can restore your fabric to look like new Many avoid cleaning microfiber because they fear it will destroy the fabric This is preventable by paying attention to the manufacturer s label TLC explains the variations of microfiber On the tag you will see either a S W S W or X Each of these stands for a different protocol for cleaning microfiber Type S means that cleaning microfiber should be done with a water free solvent If your label has a W clean your microfiber with a water based solvent S W means the fabric can be cleaned with either a water based or solvent cleaner An X means that cleaning microfiber should be done with a vacuum Brushing the surface regularly is another method used for type X microfiber Doing so will help hide

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  • HOW TO NATURALLY CLEAN AN OVEN
    first step to a clean oven is prevention Try placing casserole dishes on cookie sheets while baking to keep sauces from spilling over onto oven surfaces You could also line the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil if you re cooking a dish that s likely to make a mess Wipe up any minor spills immediately to keep them from hardening into a mess that s tougher to clean How to clean an oven naturally It s easy to make non toxic oven cleaners yourself with basic ingredients like baking soda lemon juice and vinegar These natural oven cleaning solutions are frugal effective and totally free of harmful chemicals and caustic ingredients For grease mix non toxic dish soap like Seventh Generation Free Clear Natural Dish Liquid with water and scrub with a sponge Natural dish soaps contain cleaners derived from plant sources like coconuts to dissolve fats To tackle bad smells squeeze two lemons into a baking dish filled with an inch of water and toss in what remains of the lemons Place the dish in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes at 250 degrees Not only will your oven smell like lemons instead of scorched food the citrus oils will soften gunk on oven surfaces making it easier to remove Burnt on food and elbow grease For burnt on food sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the oven and then spritz it with water from a spray bottle Let it sit overnight and then remove it in the morning with a sponge and most of the gunk in the oven will come out with it If baked on spills still remain sprinkle on some more baking soda and then add a little bit of white vinegar Let the bubbling mixture sit for 30 minutes then scrub To remove the cloudy residue that has made a glass oven window nearly opaque try mixing baking soda and lemon juice into a thick paste Rub it onto the door leave it for half an hour and then scrub and the glass will be clear and shiny again Finally for those situations where elbow grease just doesn t seem to cut it don t be afraid to use the self cleaning function on your oven if you have one Self cleaning ovens heat up to temperatures that can reach 900 degrees Fahrenheit to burn off spilled food While this process uses a lot of energy it s offset by the fact that self cleaning ovens are double insulated reducing your overall energy consumption from regular use Just try not to use it more than once a year or so If you follow these tips you will be out of harm s way when it s time to clean an oven Avoiding the use of chemicals in order to clean an oven will benefit your own health as well as the health of your household Cleaning has become a major focus in our push towards a greener world Harsh

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  • CLEAN BABY TOYS WITH HOMEMADE CLEANING PRODUCTS
    cleaners either although those are nice too I m talking about going back to basics learning how to clean baby toys like our great grandparents did don t worry you can keep your vacuum How to Clean Baby Toys Teethers plastic and wood toys Most all hard toys fall in this category When your baby is in the putting everything in the mouth stage you ll want to wipe down her toys more often Just think the toys lay on the ground most of the time Would you want to put something in your mouth that sat on the floor for a week They also get covered in saliva and even food if baby just ate and handled by other babies during play dates etc Maybe the dog even sits on one or two Ew 1 Cup Water 1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar Mix together equal parts distilled white vinegar and water for a cheap toy cleaning solution I put it in a spray bottle and just spray a little on a cloth and then wipe down the toys The vinegar smell goes away completely after it dries and it doesn t leave any residue on the toys Vinegar is edible but you can clean with it too How to Clean Stuffed Toys Stuffed animals fabric mats and fabric toys fall into this category These too get mouthed and can even stain Please follow the washing directions on the tag for how to clean baby toys However if there are no directions or the tag is long gone there are still some gentle cleaning methods you can try Washing Machine with Vinegar Baking Soda Yes you can throw most fabric toys and stuffed animals into the washing machine and they ll be fine if the material and content is cotton or polyester blends For heavily stained or soiled stuffed animals sprinkle them with baking soda and wash adding 3 capfuls of white vinegar to the rinse cycle Most fabric and stuffed toys can also be tumble dried on low Wool Toys If your wool toy is felted you can simply wash it in the machine in a pillow case or net bag If not you need to take special care when washing Spot cleaning is ideal especially for things like Waldorf dolls or knitted wool stuffed animals To spot clean use a mild wool soap and a damp wash cloth and let air dry For very heavily soiled wool toys you can also hand wash using a wool soap and then lay in a sunny window to dry Do NOT tumble dry wool toys unless they have already been felted Sunning Out Stains on Whites Our beloved white teddy bear had seen better days but I didn t want to use bleach on it I finally gave sunning a try and was surprised by how well it worked Lay white toys this works well on cloth diapers or stained cotton onesies too in direct sunlight and the stains disappear in

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  • TIPS FOR WASHING WALLS
    ll have them looking like new in no time Tips to Make a Difficult Task Easier Have you ever washed walls or something else high above and ended up with dirty soapy water running down your arms Water running down your arms and soaking your clothes is very uncomfortable to say the least Prevent water from running down your arms by wearing terrycloth wristbands If you don t have terrycloth wristbands pin rolled washcloths around your wrists They ll catch the water long before it has a chance to reach your armpits For best results wash the walls with white absorbent rags The dye in colored rags can bleed into the cleaning solution and onto the walls This is especially true of the typical red shop rags sold in home improvement and hardware stores Having to constantly change the water is one of the most time consuming aspects of washing walls and if you don t change the water you ll be adding rather than removing dirt from walls This is one of the best timesaving tips for washing dirty surfaces Make the job easier on yourself by filling one bucket with cleaning solution and one bucket with clear water Use the second bucket to rinse the dirty rag or sponge during the washing process Your cleaning solution will go much further while washing Ask a family member to help change the water when it becomes necessary so you don t have to stop what you re doing Although it might be tempting to start at arms height always start washing at the top If you don t dirty water might run down onto areas you ve already cleaned To Rinse or Not to Rinse Some cleaning products require rinsing while others don t One of the most useful tips is using your own judgment when deciding whether or not to rinse Look for streaks after a test area has dried Inspect walls at an angle in different variations of light and look for telltale marks If you find streaks it will be necessary to go over the walls with clean rags and clear water Dry the walls with absorbent white rags or towels for a beautiful streak free finish Don t Forget the Baseboards Tips for washing walls sometimes fail to mention baseboards The baseboards collect a lot of hair dust and grime so take the time to wash the baseboards while washing walls Your home will smell clean and fresh and your walls and baseboards will shine Washing walls can be a hassle but cranking up the music or listening to a book on tape can make the task of washing walls a bit more enjoyable even if there isn t a prince at the end of it Washing walls with these tips will make your home look newer than the day you bought it While washing walls may seem like an easy task now the rest of the house may need the help of The Maids Or

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  • PROTECT YOUR KITCHEN AGAINST WASTED SPACE
    make cabinets 100 percent more efficient When choosing an organizer keep in mind that you want to divide the space A free standing stacking shelf placed on the current shelf gives you two complete shelves where before you had only one A much more efficient use of your space When organizing cabinets you ll find that you ll save yourself a great deal of time and even money if everything is easily accessible You don t have to spend hours searching for that box of cornstarch you know you had somewhere and you won t have to go out to buy a new box A good idea is to group like items together in small bins and label the contents or even select bins that you can see through for quick identification Look for products that are specifically designed to tackle the hard to organize items in a kitchen pantry Choose racks to keep the lids to your pots and pans and even plastic food storage containers under control Your lids will be easily accessible and won t spill out each time you open the cabinet Canned goods can pose problems in your cabinets Because of the depth of the shelves stacking the cans one in front of the other is just not practical You will forget what you ve got stored in the back because you can t see it Choose a tiered shelf organizer that provides you with a full view of your canned goods Many customers complain that spice storage is the biggest problem in their kitchen cabinets Spices used most frequently can be stored on a countertop spice rack To preserve the freshness of spices used less frequently store them in a cool dark place preferably away from the stovetop Many times there is wasted space because cabinets are built so deep A quick and easy solution to cavernous cabinets is to add sliding drawers Made in a variety of sizes and styles sliding drawers are mounted to the manufactured shelf and rest on gliders so that they can be easily accessed These allow you to bring the back of the cabinet up front and center If you have a door in your pantry or kitchen area don t neglect that often wasted space Our elfa Door Wall Rack is designed to fit onto the back of a door The system s flexible baskets provide you with extra storage space for canned goods and other dry foods cleaning supplies and even bottles of soda The rack will ease the overcrowding in your cabinets and make it possible to have everything at your fingertips After reading these tips to fix wasted space in your kitchen there s no reason you can t get into your kitchen and be the next Rachael Ray especially since you can find your EVOO easily now Now that you ve tackled the wasted space in your kitchen cleaning the rest of your house can be next on your agenda If the rest

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