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Windows.  Nobody really LIKES cleaning them.  You can spend hours scrubbing away and still have spots and streaks.  There is a secret to getting clear, clean, and streak free windows.  Wash your windows on a cloud day.This seems really simple, but it works.  When you wash windows on a hot, sunny day, the windows dry very fast.  Fast drying gives you streaks.  Washing...
Carpets have a way of getting grungy, especially if you wear shoes in the house.  You think you are staying on top of cleaning with weekly vacuuming.  Then one day you look down at the carpet is a few shades darker.  It is time for a deep cleaning. How to Deep Clean Your Carpets You’ll need: A good vacuum Spot cleaning tools- brush, clean cloths A steam cleaner Vinegar...
Summertime sunshine can get old when your house feels like an oven.  If you are trying to avoid using the air conditioner and save money on energy bills or you live in a city like San Francisco or Seattle where air conditioners are scarce, you can still keep your home cool and comfortable.  Here are our eight best tricks for cooling down the home without cranking the air...
Summertime is when we plan picnics, camping trips, and urge the kids to get outdoors.  What is more relaxing then laying on the grass on a sunny summer day? With all the summer outdoor activity, it can be difficult to leave the great outdoors outside where it belongs.  Grass stains have a way to sneaking inside.  We have covered how to get mud out of carpet.  This week,...
DIY and homesteading have never been so popular. (Ok, maybe in actual frontier days.) If you have been thinking of taking up sewing or teaching your kids how to sew, summer is the perfect time!  Sewing is also a great way to add seasonal décor and linens to your home without breaking the bank.  Simply find some inexpensive fabric and create light, bright, elements to...
Grout.  Even the name is sounds serious. Cleaning grout can be no fun at all when you scrub and scrub but don’t get great results.  Even worse is breathing in fumes from bleach or other harsh cleansers.  There is a better way to clean grout, and we don’t mean hiring the COIT tile team, though that works too!  Here are our eight best tips for cleaning grout without all the...
You carefully laid down newspapers or a towel.  But then the unthinkable happens; the nail polish spills on the carpet!  Whether it was the dog’s fault or shear bad luck, you have a problem.  As beautiful as Mango Tango looks on your toes, it is not so charming on your carpet! Nail polish can be tricky to get out.  You might think that nail polish remover would be the...
School is out for the summer!  While many people have nostalgia for the lazy days of summer, parents know that there is nothing sentimental about boredom.  Keeping your children active and engaged does not have to be expensive.  Here are 7 of our favorite low cost summer activities for kids.     Camping in the Backyard-Break out the tents, with no need to start up the...
Why are people allergic to cats and dogs?  People often think that it is the pet hair that they are allergic to, but it is actually dander and saliva that is causing an allergic reaction. Dander is composed of ultra small flecks of skin which contain oils and proteins that cause the allergic reactions.  To be sure that you are reacting to the pet dander and not other...
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...