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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...
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...
Between splattering chili and exploding burritos, microwaves can get super dirty, super fast.  And wiping off splattered food is no picnic. It is always so awkward to scrub the inside of the microwave; the height never seems right.  There is an easy, cheap, and quick way to clean the microwave that does not involve lots of scrubbing. It is very simple, just steam some...
With all of their individual slats, cleaning blinds can be a tedious to chore.  Here are three of our favorite methods for cleaning blinds. Vacuuming Works for: Wood, Vinyl, and Aluminum Method: Turn blinds so they are pointing up.  Using the brush attachment, vacuum blinds working top to bottom.  Then, turn blinds so they are pointed down.  Vacuum again working from the...
Picture your dream kitchen.  Most people see gleaming countertops.  Yet, with coffee makers, toasters, soap caddies, fruit bowels, utensils, backpacks, and mail, the average kitchen’s countertops are anything but clear.  It gets worse if you open the pantry or, heaven forbid, the junk drawer.  How can you banish clutter in the kitchen for good?  We have 5 tips for leading...
Leather furniture can last decades when well cared for; indeed leather is renowned for its durability.  Leather furniture naturally resists stains and does not accumulate dust, dander, and allergens the way fabric sofas do.  While leather furniture is remarkably durable and one of the easier upholstery fabrics to care for, it still needs regular care to look its best and...
Nobody wants to waste electricity.  So we do as our mothers and Captain Planet told us: turn off the lights when you leave a room.  Turns out, we’ve been doing it wrong.  To save money and electricity, we should leave CFL lights on when leaving a room. Save Money by Leaving the Lights On What is this craziness? If you are going to be coming back into the room in less than...
Whether you live in the north, south, or in the west, tracking mud in the home is a common problem during the winter months.  Snow and rain can make it very difficult to keep the inevitable mud from transferring from shoes to carpeting.  The problem is even worse if you have children or pets.  Pets need to go outside, yet it can be difficult to completely towel dry them...
How to Improve Winter Air Quality
When you hear that your city is experiencing a poor air quality day, you might think it is better to just stay inside.  Wrong. Indoor air quality is much worse then outdoor air quality. Here is a guidline on how to improve winter air quality:   What can you do to improve indoor air quality? Clean Regularly- Reducing dust through regular dusting and vacuuming is key to...