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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 odor culprits and how to get rid of them. Garbage: Most nasty smells originate from the garbage can.  Simply taking the garbage out will alleviate the...
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...
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...
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...