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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...
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...