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Great Garage Sale Tips…

by David Crowell

Great Garage Sale Tips…

 Ready to get rid of clutter?  Use these tips to hold the best garage sale ever:

 Plan ahead and publicize everywhere.  Use CraigsList.org, word-of-mouth, emails to friends, and spend some time on legible signs that guide people to your home.

 Get your kids to donate items and participate in the sale.  Team up with neighbors so you’ll have more to offer.

 Arrange items by category (books, clothes, etc.) and put some of your sure-to-sell items up front (in the driveway) to draw customers in.

 Make sure every item is clean and reasonably priced.  A rule of thumb is one-half to one-third of the original price, depending on the item.  Be prepared to negotiate – everyone wants a bargain.

 Get some music going (plus snacks) to keep things lively. 

How To Keep A Clean House: A Guide For Pet Owners

by David Crowell

How To Keep A Clean House:
A Guide For Pet Owners

Four-legged friends are part of the family, but wouldn’t it be nice if they also did their part in keeping the house clean?  Luckily, there’s plenty you can do to keep fur, fluff, and dander at bay.

Contain the fur.  Encourage pets to lay on old towels or sheets placed on the floor or furniture.  Thoroughly and frequently vacuum.  Use lint rollers to pick up stray hair at a moment’s notice. 

Keep paws clean.  Before pets come in from outside, dip paws in room temperature water and dry them off. 

Stay stain free.  If a pet throws up or urinates on the floor, clean it up quickly.  Blot stains, absorbing as much liquid as possible; do not rub.  Apply a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid mixed with one cup of tepid water. Rinse by blotting as well.

4 Clever Carpet Cleaning Tips

by David Crowell

4 Clever Carpet Cleaning Tips

Whether you have a full house of carpet or a few rugs scattered over sleek wood floors – cleaning carpets is always a pain.  Try these cleaning tips the carpet cleaner pros won’t always tell you:

1. Pet hair problems?  The trick is to dampen the carpet first.  Spray the carpet with a spray bottle full of water, then sweep all of the hair away in one direction.

2. Rug fringe dingy?  Take a dry scrub brush and brush away from the rug.  Then, vacuum up.

3. Stains?  Start with seltzer water to loosen dirt.  Blot with a clean towel.  If the stain is still there, try a dab of shaving cream.  Work into the stain, let dry, then rinse with cool water.  Not budging?  After testing on an inconspicuous spot first, try 3% hydrogen peroxide to lift out a tough stain.

4. Odors?  Dry-clean and freshen carpet by sprinkling baking soda and cinnamon or lavender and letting sit overnight.  Vacuum up in the morning.

4 Surprising Cleaning Supplies You Already Own

by David Crowell

4 Surprising Cleaning Supplies You Already Own

 You probably know baking soda can be used to clean almost anything, but do you know about these uncommon cleaning solutions with common household supplies?

1. Ice cubes.  Clean your garbage disposal with a handful of ice cubes and citrus peel to keep your kitchen fresh.


2. Dryer sheets. You probably haven’t thought to use these for other things, but they’re great for cleaning pots and pans with stuck-on food.  Just put one in a dirty pot, fill with water, and leave for 12 hours.  The stuck on food will be unstuck.


3. Play-doh.  You can use it to pick up tiny shards of glass if you break something.


4. Paintbrush.  A soft-bristled paintbrush is perfect for dusting collectibles and furniture with nooks and crannies.

Remove Common Stains Fast

by David Crowell

Remove Common Stains Fast

 Got kids, pets, or are you the accident waiting to happen?  Here are some quick & easy tips for cleaning up frequent stains:

Greasy spills.  Sprinkle the spot with a little cornmeal and let it sit for five minutes.  Then sponge the area with a vinegar/water mixture.

Pet stains.  Cover the stain with baking soda.  It soaks the moisture up, making it easy to pick up the mess with a paper towel and dispose.  Vacuum the baking soda.  If there’s still a stain, try a specialized pet spot remover.

Chewing gum or crayon.  Use undiluted vinegar.  Dip an old toothbrush in the vinegar to get the crayon stain out.

10 Worst Places For Germs In Your Kitchen

by David Crowell

10 Worst Places For Germs In Your Kitchen

Get ready to cringe because a recent study by NSF International, the most respected health and safety research organization, discovered the top ten germiest places in your kitchen.*  What’s shocking is five of these are in your refrigerator next to the food you put in your mouth! 

What kind of germs?  Salmonella, E. coli, yeast and mold were found in moist and dark areas of your fridge – literally setting up their own breeding ground.  They’re not even stopped by the cold temperature inside!  Here’s exactly where to clean in your refrigerator:

□ Water dispenser:  Check the manual, but most manufacturers recommend disconnecting the water supply and using vinegar to flush the system once a year.  Let the vinegar sit in the line for 10 minutes, then reconnect and turn the dispenser on to flush the vinegar out.
□ Door seal:  Wipe this area clear of sneaky germs monthly using a damp soapy cloth and then wiping dry.
□ Icemaker:  Disconnect monthly, remove if possible, wash with warm soapy water, and then dry.
□ Meat containers and veggie containers:  Every month, mark your calendar and clean these germ-harboring trays with warm soapy water.  To minimize odors, baking soda can be added to the sink while you’re washing them.  Dry with a clean towel and replace.

* The other germy areas include: your blender seal, knife block, can openers, rubber spatulas, and any food storage containers with a rubber seal.  Vinegar is a safe and all-natural sanitizer for these and other items around the kitchen.

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