16 Ways to Fake a Clean Home-Fast

 

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There are times we all need this article. I saw this article from Good Housekeeping with helpful tips for you and me. See what tips you need.

16 Ways to Fake a Clean Home-Fast

Need to clean up in a hurry? Whether you’re expecting guests, the guests just  left, or you want to at least pretend that yours is a life of clean and  ordered bliss, pick a task, any task, for quick tips to fix your place up fast.

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Put the Living Room in Order

Run a microfiber cloth over the coffee table and other dusty surfaces, like  the TV screen. Pile magazines or books into neat stacks on the end tables;  gather all of the stray remotes in one place. Plump up throw pillows and chair  cushions (even easier: flip the latter, if possible). Use a clean corner of the  microfiber cloth to nab any obvious clumps of pet hair or dust stuck to  upholstery or carpeting. Drape throws to hide dingy chair arms or furniture strains.

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Top 10 Uses for Used Coffee Grounds By: Diy Maven

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1. Deodorizer. Dry them out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer, or rub them on your hands to get rid of food prep smells.

2. Plant food. Plants such as rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias that prefer acidic soils will appreciate the leftovers from your morning cup. Also, grounds can add nutrients to your compost bin.

3. Insect repellant. Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant piles themselves. The little buggers will move on or stay away. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.

4. Dye. By steeping grounds in hot water, you can make brown dye for fabric, paper and even Easter eggs.

5. Furniture scratch cover-up. Steep grounds and apply a bit of the liquid to furniture scratches with a Q-tip.

6. Cleaning product. As they’re slightly abrasive, grounds can be used as a scouring agent for greasy and grimy stain-resistant objects.

7. Kitty repellent. To keep kitty from using the garden as her personal powder room, sprinkle grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants.

8. Boost your carrot harvest. Mixing fresh grounds with the tiny seeds makes them easier to sow and may repel root maggots and other wee beasties

Check out the other 8 at http://www.curbly.com/users/diy-maven/posts/1881-top-10-uses-for-used-coffee-grounds

 

 

 

Expired Food: Can I eat that?

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I refer to this article several times a month when friends and family are trying to decide whether to use a food item from the pantry. This article will help you and your family and friends.

Should you really toss something that’s never been opened? What if something’s been opened but barely used? Is it still good?

General Safety Rules & Guidelines

Now, assuming your fridge’s temperature is set between 38-40 degrees, the following rules apply per the USDA:

  • Milk: Good for up to 1 week past the “Sell By” date.
  • Eggs: Good for 3-5 weeks after purchase (provided you purchased them before the “Sell By” date, of course). Keep in mind that eggs should always be kept in their original container, not the plastic holders inside the refrigerator door! The plastic doesn’t allow eggs to breathe, which will cause them to spoil a whole lot faster.
  • Condiments: These can be kept up to one full year in the fridge. The exceptions are: Mayonnaise, which should only be kept for two months—maximum—after opening and Salad dressings, which can be kept in the fridge up to three months after opening. Unopened salad dressing is good for up to one year past its expiration date.
  • Meats & Poultry{It kind of goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway), perishables such as meat and poultry should be refrigerated right away or frozen for later use.}

If kept in the fridge, then the following rules apply:

  • Poultry – 1 to 2 days
  • Beef, pork, veal and lamb –3 to 5 days
  • Ground meat or ground poultry –1 to 2 days
  • Cured “cook before eating” ham –5 to 7 days
  • Uncooked beef, pork or turkey sausage – 1 to 2 daysFrozen meats:
    • Ground beef or ground poultry –3 months
    • Whole chicken or turkey—one year
    • Unopened bacon and lunchmeat—one month

    Now let’s move on to pantry items, shall we?

    • Grains purchased in boxes (think: rice, crackers, cereal) should be kept in air tight containers or plastic zipper bags for long-term storage. These babies are notorious breeding grounds for bugs.

Read more at http://happymoneysaver.com/expired-food-can-i-still-eat-that/

 

 

 

20 Alternative Uses for 7 Common Household Items By Deborah Long

 

Clark Kent. Peter Parker. They looked like ordinary guys, right? But underneath their day-to-day exteriors, they were superheroes! In the spirit of Superman and Spiderman, we’ve rounded up our favorite, unassuming household items – products you probably already have on hand – that have amazing versatility. They may not be faster than a speeding bullet, but they can move from kitchen to laundry to medicine cabinet, or even to the garden, with equal ease.
Read on for the hidden powers of some ordinary products that we think are just super!

Salt

You probably don’t think twice about the salt that graces your table, but at one time, salt was so highly prized that it was used as currency. The Roman army is said to have paid soldiers in salt; the word “salary” has its roots in this practice, and it’s why we say someone is “worth his salt.” Uses:
Remove a wine stain: Blot (don’t rub) the spill to remove as much as possible, then cover the stain liberally with salt and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water, if possible, then repeat if necessary. If the spill is on a carpet, you can wait for the salt to dry and then vacuum it up.
Make drip-proof candles: Soak new candles in salt water for a few hours, then let them dry. They will burn drip-free.

Distilled White Vinegar

The Native Americans were right: Corn is our friend. Not only is it delicious on the cob or off, it’s the source of white distilled vinegar, which – as our grandmothers knew – can make a salad dressing or clean the walls with equal aplomb. Uses:
Revive wilted vegetables: Soak wilted greens or other vegetables in a bath of one tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of water for 10 minutes.
Keep colors from running: Add one cup of white vinegar to the wash to help set the color of new towels or other items.
Prevent cheese from getting moldy: Dampen a paper towel in white vinegar and wrap it around hard cheese to prevent mold spores from forming.

Petroleum Jelly

Unless you’re swimming the English Channel, we don’t recommend slathering your body with petroleum jelly. As the name implies, it’s a by-product of oil refining, so a little dab will do you! That said, it’s been in use since 1870, and high-quality brands (like Vaseline, for example) are generally recognized as safe. Uses:
Keep car doors from freezing shut: We got this tip from an Air Force mechanic: Put a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the insulation of your car door, and you won’t have to worry about your car doors freezing shut when the next polar vortex hits.
Make an at-home mani/pedi look perfect: Use a cotton swab to outline your nails and nail polish won’t stick to your skin. Also, a thin layer of jelly around the tops of your nail polish bottles will keep them opening easily.
Keep ants out of the doggy bowl: Coat the outside of Fido or Fluffy’s food dish with a thin layer of jelly and ants will dine elsewhere.
Read more at http://www.grandparents.com/food-and-leisure/home-and-garden/uses-for-household-items?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl699&utm_content=html

10 Really Simple Car Hacks to Make Your Life Easier by Michael Pomranz

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The automobile—it makes getting around a breeze, but comes with plenty of problems of its own. You have to wash it, keep it filled with gas, and avoid crashing it into things. Plus, we spend more time in our cars than you might realize. According a study from the Federal Highway Administration, in 2009, the average driver logged nearly 30 miles a day. That’s over 10,000 miles of driving a year!

If you’re going to be spending that much time in your automobile, take some time to make it work harder for you. Here are some simple things you can do to “pimp” your ride. No actual fix-it experience required!

The Perfect Garage Pull-In

Who knows how old this trick is, but it works. Worried about pulling your car too far into the garage, creating a collision with garbage cans, old magazines, and who knows what else you keep in there? To pull your car into the garage perfectly every time, attach a tennis ball to a string and hang it from the ceiling, so that the ball just touches your windshield. Now you’ll always know exactly how far to pull in the car!

Stop Banging Your Car Door

Is your garage a tight squeeze? Stop banging the edges of your car doors against the wall when you open them with this simple pool noodle trick. Slice a pool noodle in half lengthwise and affix it horizontally to the offending wall to create a soft, foamy buffer! Use nails, bolts, or strong glue to secure it at the exact height where the door usually hits the wall. Protecting your car’s paint-job will be far more satisfying than watching your grandkids fight over who gets to float next in the pool.

De-Ice Frozen Locks in Seconds

Frozen locks can be more than just frustrating; they can literally leave you standing out in the cold. Here’s a surprisingly simple solution: Squirt some hand sanitizer on the keyhole or put sanitizer on your keys before inserting them. Let it sit for a minute and then try opening the door again. The high alcohol content in the sanitizer should melt the ice. Plus, it will help you keys from catching the flu!

Polish Headlights for Brighter Night Driving

Nighttime driving can be hard enough on the eyes, but years of wear and tear on your headlight covers can make headlights hazy, to boot. But there’s an easy fix! Give those plastic covers a fresh polish with toothpaste. (Avoid “whitening” toothpaste and other extra ingredients that may cause additional damage.) Toothpaste is a mild abrasive, which allows it to remove buildup from your headlights just like it cleans plaque off your teeth. Rub in small circles with a soft cloth until the plastic once again looks clear.
Read more at http://www.grandparents.com/food-and-leisure/home-and-garden/car-hacks

 

5 Hardest Places To Clean In Your Home by Linda Cobb

1. The Shower

It goes without saying that the top of everyone’s list is the bathroom! As soon as you clean it, it’s dirty again. And the most frustrating area in the bathroom? The shower. Here is a never-fail homemade solution that works.

In a 2-cup measuring cup, heat 1 cup of white vinegar in the microwave. Heat until it’s nice and hot, but not boiling. Add this to 1 cup of Dawn Original Dish Washing Liquid or Dawn Ultra. (It must be one of these two, because they are concentrated.) Stir and carefully pour into a 2-cup or large spray bottle. Spray on the tub and shower walls and floor. Let sit for 15—20 minutes and then work it in with a gentle scrubbing sponge. Rinse well, paying special attention to the floor of the shower. The solution will remove soap scum, oily dirt and even that ring around the tub. (NOTE: If you have to stand in the shower or tub to do the walls, wait to spray the bottom of the tub/shower until you are done, so you don’t slip.)

2. The Stove

It’s so hard to clean that you hate to cook on it, and you especially hate to cook anything that will splatter. The other big complaint: Your stovetop never looks good after the first time you cook on it. Knowing how to clean it can remove that frustration and make it shine.

Buy Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser at the grocery, home store or big box store. It is a mild pumice cleanser that will not scratch. Always wet the cooktop surface before applying the cleanser. Work in with a mild scrubbing sponge (not a harsh pad that will scratch). Use a safety straight edge razor to gently scrape up any burned-on food. Wipe off with paper towels, rinse well, and buff. I love this because it works on burnt-on food, pasta water that has boiled over, and even grease from frying or browning meat.

Read more at  http://www.grandparents.com/food-and-leisure/home-and-garden/hardest-places-clean-home?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=570