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  • Oven Cleaning: Homemade Oven Cleaners
    of the oven Let it sit for 1 hour Scrub with a sponge or green scrubby Rinse well Oven Cleaner With Ammonia 1 Cup Ammonia Put the ammonia in a glass bowl and place it inside the oven and close the door Let the bowl stay in the oven over night The next day use a green scrubby and wipe away those stubborn stains Chemical Free Natural Oven Cleaning 5 T Baking Soda 3 drops Liquid Dish Soap 4 T White vinegar Mix the above ingredients into a thick paste Use a sponge to apply the oven cleaner to the inside of the oven and then scrub with green scrubby make sure to rinse thoroughly and wipe the oven clean Lemon Juice Cleaner Lemon is a great grease cutter To make lemon oven cleaner mix equal parts of lemon juice and salt Apply the lemon oven cleaner to oven stains and let it sit for 15 minutes Use a green scrubby and rinse and wipe the oven clean Natural Oven Cleaner 4 T Baking Soda 4 T Hot Water Baking soda is a great stain remover and an abrasive Mix the ingredients and apply to the inside of your oven with a sponge Let the oven cleaner sit for 15 minutes Use a green scrubby Then rinse and wipe the oven clean Tough Oven Stain Remover 1 Cup Salt 1 Cup Baking Soda 1 Cup Water Make a paste using these ingredients Apply the mixture to the inside of the oven Close the oven door and heat the oven to 500 degrees for 1 hour Turn the oven off and allow it to cool Use a damp rag or sponge to wipe any debris Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry Commercial Oven Cleaner It s easy to clean your oven using commercial oven cleaner spray Make sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection if using oven cleaner Read all product instructions and follow the manufacturers directions First heat the to 200 Turn the oven off and take the spay and completely spray the soiled areas By heating the oven slightly you give the cleaning product a power boost and it will do a better job at removing the baked on grime Let the cleaner work over night Take a damp rag or sponge and simply wipe the grime out the next morning Rinse the oven thoroughly then wipe it dry Baking soda a natural oven cleaner is one of the most common household products to help remove tough oven carbon and grease As you may have read in the previous article baking soda is one of the main ingredients in most of the home made oven cleaners Baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive that also soaks up oily stains and grease For burnt on carbon sprinkling baking soda over the bottom of the oven and then spraying some water from a spray bottle may work Let this homemade oven cleaner sit overnight and then go over it with a

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  • Homemade Soap: How To Make Homemade Soap
    mixture will heat up considerably due to the lye reacting with fats in the oils This is called saponification Melt 24 oz coconut oil and 38 oz solid vegetable shortening in a stainless steel pot Add 25 oz olive oil not virgin and any fragrance oils you want to use Allow the oils to cool Grease the soap mold with Crisco When both the oil and lye mixtures have cooled to room temperature slowly combine them adding the lye to the oils Stir slowly and constantly If you see bubbles stir more slowly Drizzle the soap into the pot once in a while When it keeps its shape momentarily before sinking into the rest of the mix tracing it s time to add whatever extras you want Stir your botanicals grains and coloring into a cup of soap taken from the mix Combine that back into the original mixture Pour the soap into the mold Wrap the mold in a towel and leave it undisturbed for 18 hours The soap mixture will heat up and then cool down Avoid uncovering it until it s cooled Allow the soap to sit in the uncovered mold for another 12 hours Loosen the sides by wiggling the mold a little Turn the mold over onto a clean counter Cut the soap into bars with a knife Some people use a miter box to make square corners Allow the bars to cure for three to four weeks before using Smaller bars cure faster than larger ones Additives Mix candle coloring into the oil solution If it s wax based melt it first in a couple of tablespoons of oil and then add it to the rest of the oil mix Realize that you can also use crayons for coloring Experiment with colors Note that purples are very difficult to keep true Use 1 tsp per pound of soap of the following ingredients cocoa powder for brown cayenne pepper for pink peach liquid chlorophyll for light green turmeric for yellow paprika for peach and titanium dioxide for white Use 1 oz essential oil to scent a 4 lb batch of soap Know that 2 tsp ground cloves makes a great smelling soap Try grated orange or lemon peel or ginger too Use rose water instead of regular water for rose soap Oatmeal makes a great complexion soap Use 8 oz Add 4 oz cornmeal for a gritty texture Make soap with 1 2 oz geranium oil for dry skin Use tea tree oil 1 2 oz for problem skin If you wanted to take the more cautious approach on making homemade soap you could rebatch your own soap to avoid contact with lye Rebatching soap is a process where you use pre made grated soap and add your own herbs fragrances and colors to it This is still considered homemade soap because you are adding your touches to it just steering away from having to deal with the harsh chemicals Either way you feel like

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  • Fall Decorating: Fall Decorating Ideas
    local flower shop Make topiary out of a foam form conical shapes always work well and hot glue a variety of large seeds acorns walnuts pinecones to the form Completely cover the foam Easy and makes a wonderful piece for any table or countertop Pick brightly colored fallen leaves Rub a good moisturizer onto the front and back of the leaves and let dry This helps the leaves keep their color and avoid curling Once dry scatter the leaves on a table around a centerpiece or on a fireplace mantle Fill a tall vase or extra large brandy snifter with a variety of colorful miniature pumpkins and gourds Make a centerpiece using pie pumpkins gourds and leaves Vary the sizes and colors of these squashes and fill in the gaps with leaves mini pumpkins and gourds Arrange large pumpkins in a group odd numbers work best or on stairs Carve or paint designs or messages on the pumpkins For example I saw white pumpkins used on stair treads each with a letter spelling Welcome Carve a small hole one inch deep in miniature pumpkins for use as taper candle holders If you have a tiered cake or serving plate arrange pumpkins gourds or squash on each tier Use a pie pumpkin or turban squash looks like two placed one on top of the other on the top level Use smaller ones even miniatures as well as leaves and nuts on the other tiers Cut a branch for a tree Place lengthwise on a table Nest miniature gourds pumpkins leaves nuts and votive candles among the smaller branches Whenever you bring branches in from outdoors spray insect repellent on the branch outside before you cut it Let it stay outside for a day or two Then bring into the garage or on a porch for another day or two until the smell is gone Soften a three wick candle by blowing a hairdryer on it until the wax is soft Then press small colored leaves into the softened wax to add a fall touch Take tall corn stalks and attach to porch columns or mailbox or even trees with a large fall colored ribbon Further accent with pumpkins or mums around the base Cut long branches with colored leaves still attached see instructions above to prevent bringing bugs into your home Place in a tall vase or an umbrella stand Be sure the branches are proportionate to the vase or stand Use potted mums to replace your summer flowers in flower beds on porches near fireplace hearths in corner of rooms this classic never goes out of style To give added height within a group place one potted mum on a miniature straw bale Using the natural beauty of fall nature you can easily and inexpensively decorate your home for the changing season Though pumpkins and gourds are the most common for fall decorating due to their versatility nuts and acorns are another good option A way to beautiful fall decorating

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  • Halloween Decorating Ideas
    Halloween decorating tips that don t cost too much Low Cost Halloween Decorating Ideas by Jeanette Joy Fisher Halloween is a uniquely special time of year regardless of whether you re a kid or just a kid at heart It s a holiday time that offers lots of wonderful opportunities to decorate your home creatively since the subject matter is different from any other holiday If you re thinking about decorating your porch and yard for the spookiest night of the year you can do it without having to spend a lot of money Here are a few low cost ideas for showing your Halloween spirit to the world You can get rolls of yellow Caution tape the type you see at crime or disaster scenes to keep people out of certain areas fairly inexpensively at most hardware stores and if you put it up around the perimeter of your yard accompanied by a sign that says something like Fright Scene Enter at Your Own Risk it can give an eerily spooky ambience while also offering guests a wary smile You can enhance that spookiness either more by replacing your regular porch light with a black light bulb Adding a few Halloween oriented items like skulls and ghost figures that glow in the dark will be even more effective If you want your pumpkins to last longer and even to be reusable when you scrap your Halloween decorations and begin decorating for Thanksgiving don t carve them Paint them with acrylic paint You can create an infinite variety of faces or scenes and your pumpkins will last much longer There s also none of the mess involved with carving them Place your pumpkins in groups of three to five of varying sizes and shapes It makes for a much more effective display A little paint can go a long way in creating great looking tombstones too You can paint simple boards grey and then use black paint to add silly or scary epitaphs that will delight visitors Things like See I Told You I Was Sick can bring smiles but you can also create scarier epitaphs to bring out the more ghoulish side of your nature You can create some wonderfully spooky scenes in your windows by cutting out silhouettes of the various Halloween icons such as black cats witches and skeletons out of construction paper When it gets dark your windows will take on a lovely macabre look when the light is blocked out by those eerie objects Simple scarecrow type figures topped with rubber Halloween masks can also be effective in adding some scare factor to your front porch and lawn Just stuff a shirt and pair of pants with straw or leaves add the mask and you ve got an instant horror figure for just a little time imagination and very little money Halloween is a time when anyone can be a kid at heart You can celebrate the spookiest holiday of them all to your heart

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  • Cleaning with Vinegar - The Green Cleaning Solution
    the water doesn t go through it easily then it needs to be cleaned with a small brush dipped in vinegar Clothes Iron Cleaning with vinegar If you live in an area where the water supply contains a lot of minerals then over time these minerals can clog your iron s fine steam pores reducing the steam output to just a trickle Fill up the iron s water reservoir with pure white vinegar and then place it face down on a metal cookie rack Let the iron run on the steam setting until the reservoir is empty The steam pores should now be perfectly clean Refill the reservoir with water and you re good to go Drains Cleaning with Vinegar Try this home drain cleaner to clean deodorize and unclog partially blocked drains in the kitchen or bathroom ½ cup 125 ml Baking Soda ½ cup 125 ml Table Salt ½ cup 125 ml White Vinegar Mix the baking soda and salt in a small bowl and pour the powder into the drain Next pour in the vinegar A frothy foam will be produced as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda to give off harmless carbon dioxide gas After 2 or 3 hours flush the drain with water Hardwood Floors Cleaning with Vinegar Cleaning regular hardwood floors with vinegar or polyurethane coated hardwood floors can be easily accomplished with the following solution 1 cup 250 ml white vinegar 1 gallon 3 8 L warm water Fill a bucket with the warm water then mix in the vinegar Damp mop the floor using as little of the solution as possible then dry with paper or cloth towels Avoid leaving excess water on the floor that could work its way into small openings and cause the wood to swell and crack An alternative procedure would be to fill up a plastic spray bottle with the vinegar cleaning solution and spray it on the floor Then dry with a terry cloth mop or with paper towels Other types of floors such as vinyl or ceramic can also be cleaned with this same simple vinegar solution Kitchen Cutting Boards and Countertops Cleaning with Vinegar The best way to sanitize kitchen food preparation surfaces such as countertops and wood cutting boards is to use the following vinegar and hydrogen peroxide germ killing combo Using a spray bottle apply undiluted apple cider vinegar or white vinegar to the kitchen surface to be cleaned Then immediately spray the same area with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide available in all drugstores from another spray bottle Wipe the area clean or rinse with water According to Susan Sumner a food scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University it does not matter whether you spray the vinegar before or after the hydrogen peroxide the effect is the same it kills virtually all Salmonella Shigella or E Coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food preparation surfaces She also found that using both sprays was 10 times more effective than using either

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  • Simplify the Holiday Season with a Fall Cleaning Checklist
    areas caused by roof leaks Chandeliers Light Fixtures The beginning of fall is the best time to clean chandeliers light globes and light diffusers You are probably going to have people over for the holidays and let s face it that s the only time you notice how dirty your lights are The easiest way to clean a chandelier is to leave it where it is Taking apart the chandelier creates a much larger job and you might not know how to put everything back together again Get a step stool or a ladder and clean with a damp cloth Another method is to use two cotton gloves one sprayed with window cleaner and one dry Next you should tackle the light globes on ceiling fans and other fixtures You should do a room at a time Detach the globes carefully and let them soak while you are cleaning that room Rinse and wipe them clean and replace them afterward It s not difficult but most people have a lot of light fixtures You ll notice a change in lighting immediately Don t forget your porch lights Draperies Check the labels of your draperies If they are machine washable wash them on a gentle cycle with Woolite or other gentle detergent and let them hang dry If they say dry clean only don t take chances Oven and Range You probably do this as needed but this is a good time to do a thorough oven cleaning especially if you cook and bake a lot during the holidays Use a spray cleaner and let it sit overnight Wipe clean in the morning This is a much safer technique than using a self cleaning oven Starting with a clean oven makes it a lot easier to simply wipe the oven clean the day after Thanksgiving Don t forget to take off the range and oven dials and let them soak in soapy dishwater Refrigerator Freezer This is the time to do a thorough job where you take everything out and clean the shelves It won t take long enough to worry about food spoiling if you just get in there and do it Use an antibacterial household cleaner and clean off all the shelves Take out the drawers and wash them in the kitchen sink When you re done take everything out of the freezer and put it in one side of the sink Use the same cleaner to wipe down all surfaces If you have ice cube trays wash them in the top shelf of the dishwasher or let them soak in the sink Polish Silver Most people only use their good silver around the holidays so this is the perfect time to polish silver serving pieces and tarnished silver flatware Furniture and Rugs Move heavy furniture and mop or vacuum underneath it This only has to be done once a year so don t break your back doing it more often Turn over area rugs and vacuum the backs

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  • Fall Cleaning: Get Your House Ready for Winter
    vacuum beneath and behind it Vacuum upholstered furniture or have professionally cleaned if needed Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum the condenser coils For bottom mounted coils use a long narrow brush to clean coils of dust and debris Home maintenance Before the chilly weather of fall begins make sure your furnace is tuned up for the winter and change the filter said Miller She said homeowners with a fireplace should check the flue and have the fireplace cleaned if it is wood burning Fall is also a good time to have your air ducts cleaned she said Greg Kruchko the owner of the local Mr Handyman said one of the biggest must do tasks of the season is to clean your home s gutters If you don t clean out your gutters you run the risk of water building up in them during cold weather This can cause ice damming Kruchko said That will ruin a roof It s also a great time to install gutter protectors that keep debris like falling leaves out of the gutters he said Other home maintenance tasks for the fall include Examining your chimney for any damage Kruchko suggests Covering up your air conditioning unit to protect it from ice and snow Putting away summer equipment such as outdoor tables and chairs umbrellas grills and children s toys Touching up paint on and decks trim and railings says organizedhome com Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint prime bare wood first Draining and storing garden hoses the site recommends Install insulating covers on exterior spigots and have sprinkler systems blown free of water Inspecting washing machine hoses for bulges cracks or splits Replace them every other year Checking the dryer exhaust tube and vent for built up lint debris or birds nests Make sure the exterior vent door closes tightly when not in use Beware of bugs Cindy Wysocki owner of Maid in Racine said she finds more cobwebs in homes in the fall because the spiders are coming in to get out of the cold Bugs and mice are looking for a warm place to stay for the winter Kruchko said It s probably a good time to look for rotted cracked or damaged wood around the house which is the perfect entrance for critters into your home A lot of people neglect the wood he said Look at the trim around the garage door It s typically weathered at the bottom Wood is like a straw It sucks the water up That causes rot splitting and damage Kruchko said it s important to keep wood on a home painted sealed and caulked He also suggests replacing wood trim with PVC material trim that requires no maintenance and can be painted Keep the water out and make sure the house is sealed well Kruchko said Energy saving fall ideas Fall is the time to get your house sealed up and ready for the cold said Kruchko He suggests

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  • How to Clean Marble
    nervous about damage to the stone visit a store that sells marble and they ll be able to help you out Whichever product you choose be sure to rinse thoroughly so there s no residue left always dry completely and make sure you don t slip on your slick marble floor Clean marble stains as soon as possible Just like acidic cleaners acidic stuff in general is bad for your marble This includes wine orange juice tomatoes and even soft drinks so get any spills up right away by blotting them wiping or rubbing can make the problem worse If you re left with a stain anyway use a commercial marble stain remover remember to choose wisely or make your own Try making a poultice a soft moist mass not just a medical term out of a fine powder like whiting or baking soda going for a peanut butter like consistency For oil based stains cosmetics grease use the powder with some water or rubbing alcohol For water based ones coffee tea mix the powder with either hydrogen peroxide or acetone When you have your poultice wet the stain and apply the mixture Tape plastic wrap over it and let dry usually at least 24 hours the drying process should lift the stain out Protect your marble to save yourself a lot of trouble Use those coasters you got from Aunt Hilda even if they re ugly Be careful not to place anything hot on your marble countertops and use ceramic or stone containers instead of metal to avoid rust stains If you have marble in your bathroom put felt under a tray for your cosmetics perfumes hairspray aftershave etc For marble flooring place rugs in high traffic areas and remove your shoes at the door and use pads under your furniture Oh and save the standing sitting and dancing around like a maniac for your marble floors not your countertops Make your marble shine Wondering how to polish marble Well you have a lot of options The safest and easiest way to polish marble is with a chamois shammy on a damp surface the chamois will polish at the same time as it dries If you want more shine try a commercial polish and then dry with the chamois You can also use baking soda and a stick of chalk to polish marble First wipe your marble with a baking soda mixture 3 Tbsp soda to 1 qt water and let it air dry this time it s okay for a few hours before rinsing it Next moisten a fresh cloth and dip it in crushed chalk wipe your marble then rinse and dry thoroughly If you d rather not crush chalk or launder a bunch of chamois use a commercial floor polisher or consult a professional Consider adding a marble sealer and your marble may live longer Not all stone necessarily requires a sealer especially since often it is sealed when it is made and or installed Because

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