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Pets need play to stimulate their minds, get exercise and keep themselves out of trouble.  Wouldn’t you rather have Fido chewing on a toy instead of your new shoes?  And kitties are likely to scratch something; just make sure it is not your sofa.  You don’t have to spend a fortune on pet toys.  There are many pet toys you can make yourself with items commonly found around...
All urine smells, but there seems to be something stronger and more unpleasantly pungent about cat urine.  Whether your cat has had some accidents, or you have inherited a cat lady’s former abode, we’ll give you some tips on getting cat urine out of carpet and how to prevent future accidents. Fresh Cat Urine Blot up as much urine as possible with paper towels.  No not rub...
Pets bring a lot of love, joy, companionship, and into a home.  Pets also come with shedding, furballs, muddy paws, and odors.  What can you do to balance your loving pet with a clean and tidy home? Vacuuming Vacuuming several times a week or even daily is one of the best defenses to pet hair and odors. Pet owners with one low shedding dog or cat might make do with...
make your own cleaning tools | COIT
Getting your home clean can be pricy!  We have already shared some posts on affordable homemade cleaning solutions.  Here, we’ll examine ways to make your own cleaning tools. Basics: Rags You really do not need every single specific cleaning tool ever made.  A simple rag will tackle most tasks.  From cleaning windows and glass to wiping out a sink, washing the car, or...
how to get rid of kitchen odors | COIT
Bad odors in your home are embarrassing and unpleasant, but everyone has to deal with them at one point or another.  First you need to identify what is smelly, then you can tackle the odor.  Here are the most common kitchen smells culprits and how to get rid of kitchen odors. Garbage: Most nasty smells originate from the garbage can.  Simply taking the garbage out will...
Allowance for Kids - Help them Earn Allowance with Checklists | COIT
Chores and money are basic parts of family life, but any parent knows it can be a struggle to get everyone on the same page when it comes to household duties.  How can a parent pass on good money values and get children to finish their chores?  One tool is a chore and allowance checklist.   A checklist makes clear... exactly which chores are expected to be completedwhen...
how to remove ink stains from carpet
What should you do when a pen breaks?  Or you forget to take a pen out of your pocket before you sit on the couch? It is pretty easy to wash ink off of hands, but what happens when ink gets on your carpet? Whether the ink is from a pen, marker, or receipt we’ll share the best ways to get ink stains out of carpet. As with all cleaning techniques, do a spot removal test on...
how to clean an iron | COIT
It is easy to forget that that the appliances we use to clean our homes get dirty too.  Dishwashers, washing machines, vacuums, and irons all get dirty.  Your shirts might be clean and crisp, but if your iron has mineral deposits or blocked steam vents, it’s time to clean the iron. Irons can get dirty buildup from dust, starches, detergents, fabric softeners or even the...
How to Organize a Linen Closet | COIT
Linen closets have a way of turning into a mess.  Between fitted sheets, pillows, and all sorts of random bathroom items, once tidy shelves can become the catchall for anything bed or bath related.  Retrieving a single blanket can feel cause an avalanche. After all, it is easy to hang on to things you think you might need.  We’ll review how to pare down, straighten up,...
You can break these tasks up throughout the week or get them done in one weekend.   Week 1: The Purge.   Our houses collect all sorts of things throughout the year.  The less you own, the easier it is it keep your home clean and tidy. Medicine cabinet and bathroom.  Go through your medicine cabinet and dispose of any expired medications by putting them in a garbage bag...