In honor of Earth Day, we thought we'd give you some organic, homemade cleaning solutions you can whip up in your kitchen. And when we say whip up, we mean it -- these are some incredibly simple recipes that will save you money but not waste your time. The best part? You can feel confident that your solutions are free of any chemicals and safe for your home and the Earth.
Borax solves many a cleaning conundrum.
- Dissolve 1/2 cup of Borax into one gallon of warm water. (You can store this easily in an empty spray bottle for continued use.) This mixture is fantastic for cleaning countertops and other surfaces, like scuffed balls or baseboards. Simply spray the area and wipe well with a damp cloth.
- For stovetops, sprinkle Borax on tough-to-clean portions and scrub with a sponge or cloth. Wipe down with a damp cloth and let it air dry.
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Let's get ready for spring! Inside and outside, your home needs some attention as the harsh winter weather comes to a close. Here is a helpful task list so your home can be as ready to welcome spring as you are!
- Check that you have a functioning, filled fire extinguisher accessible.
- Have your HVAC system professionally inspect and cleaned.
- Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion.
- Replace air filter.
- Clean the dryer exhaust duct. Get rid of any lint and dust that lurks in the region under the dryer.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, making sure to replace batteries. Reminder, there should be one on each floor and you should test the batteries monthly.
- Check the light bulbs in fixtures, making sure they are the proper wattage to avoid fire hazards. Bonus: if you have not already done so, replace lights with fluorescent bulbs to save energy and cut down on the amount of heat produced.
- Inspect your roof for any damage. Be very cautious...
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Yes, yes...it's easy to get down about being stuck inside, what with it snowing all. the. time. But there are several projects you can tackle. If you're suffering from late-winter doldrums, pick yourself up and consider some of these projects.
- If you haven't already, insulate and wrap exterior pipes and faucets.
- Clear snow from roof safely to ensure proper drainage with gutters.
- Dig out downspouts to allow draining when melting occurs.
- Check that dryer furnace vents are cleared of snow.
- Schedule carpet and tile cleaning.
- Touch up trim and wall paint where scuffs have occurred.
- Paint that guest or bathroom you've been meaning to; just allow for proper air circulation.
- While fall and spring are great times to check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, any time is a good time to make sure they're in working order.
Boost Your Mood
- Embrace the winter weather and try a new outdoor exercise routine: snow shoeing? Cross country skiing?
- Cultivate an...