Jun72013

How to conquer the mold and mildew in your home.

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As we’re entering the summer months, you’re probably noticing the humidity rising by the amount of frizz your hair is experiencing. Or at least, I am. For some reason, our region of Ohio has the WORST humidity. And with humidity, comes mold and mildew (ew, gross). But here are some of my tips and tricks to keep the mold and mildew away. Or delay it a bit.

To start, make sure you’re keeping things dry. Keep all surfaces wiped down, watch for leaks, and make sure the water from your tub STAYS in the tub. When spills happen on your carpet, make sure you pat the area as dry as you can, and get a fan on it as soon as possible.

In the bathroom, it’s a real struggle to keep the mold and mildew away, and I admit this is one area that drives me bonkers. If you have ceramic tiles, use dishwasher detergent and hot water to rub them down with a good sponge or brush. If you have some stubborn spots, you can use a cut lemon to rub on them and they will dissolve easily. Just make sure you leave the lemon juice on for about 15-20 minutes to let it really do it’s magic.

It’s a lot easier than you think, and by using my tips you can go longer between cleans!

 

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Mar272012

Cleaning Tip Tuesday: Table Talk

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This photo is exactly what my coffee table looks like this morning. In fact, it is my coffee table this morning!

So here are some tips and tricks to keep your coffee table (or any other table for that matter) clean and clutter free:

  • Remove candle wax from wood tables (I’ve had this happen to me more than once) with a hair dryer. On the medium setting, heat the wax, then wipe it off with a paper towel. Clean the area with a water/white vinegar solution to make it nice and shiny.
  • Clean glass top tables with a cloth lightly moistened with a solution of 2 tablespoons vinegar in 1 quart of water. Wipe the glass, then rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a clean cloth!
  • If your table has a metal base, clean them with warm sudsy water to keep them shiny! Just be sure to rinse them well.
  • Keep painted, varnished and sealed wood tables clean with warm water and a mild soap- avoiding abrasive cleaners.
  • At night before you head to bed, clean the clutter off your tables! Organize all magazines and books underneath, and get rid of ones you don’t need. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be welcomed with a nice area to enjoy your coffee!
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Feb72012

Cleaning Tip Tuesday: Protecting those floors!

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Let’s face it- flooring can be costly. So do yourself (and if you rent- your landlord) a favor and protect it! The more you do to avoid wear and tear, the longer it’s going to last!

  • Use sturdy plastic rounds on the bottom of furniture on carpeting (You can even use the lid of butter tubs for this. Way to multi- …Continue Reading…
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Jan312012

Cleaning Tip Tuesday: Window Cleaning

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One thing I can’t stand is streaky windows. So, I’ve compiled a small list of tips and tricks on how to make your windows shine, and streak free…

  • Do your window cleaning on an overcast day. The sunshine actually causes streaks and smears while you clean. By avoiding sunny days, you’re avoiding more work!
  • Use vertical strokes on one side of the window, and horizontal on the …Continue Reading…
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