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Feeling plugged up? Here is an Earth-Friendly Solution for Clogged Drains
Baking Soda and Boiling Water (vinegar if needed): Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the problem drain, follow by 2 cups of boiling water. If that isn't doing it for you, chase the baking soda with a 1/2 cup of vinegar and cover tightly, allowing the vigorous fizzing of the chemical reaction to break up the gunk. Then flush that with one gallon of boiling water.
Tips for Keeping Families Healthy
When the cold and flu season hits, cleanliness is key. Here are a few ideas on how to keep those germs at bay.
- Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Wash your hands every chance you get for as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. Use soap and make sure to scrub a dub dub those hands.
- Don't Touch Your Nose or Face
Especially after you have been near someone who was sick, it is important to keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and face.
- Change Toothbrushes
Most people don't know this one, but it is recommend to change your toothbrushes often. After you have been sick or every three month.
- Isolate a Sick Family Member
Try to keep the person in your family from the others. In the very least make sure the ill family member sleeps in a different bedroom and uses a different bathroom if possible.
- Sanitize Common Areas
It is amazing, but some viruses can actually live on an inanimate objects like up to days at a time. Using a disinfectant, cleanser, frequently sanitize common areas in your home, including telephones, remote controls, computer keyboards, door knobs, refrigerator doors, sinks, and kitchen handles.
Top Ten Tips For Showing Your Home
- Scrub & sanitize bathrooms and kitchen at least once a week.
- Dust each room from top to bottom each week.
- Vacuum rugs and wash floors at least twice a week.
- Freshen up rooms by changing pillows, decor seasonally.
- Be sure to clean behind and under things at least every other week.
- Pull out those appliances and clean vents and air conditioners 2 times a year.
- Go through closets and toy rooms and give away unused items 2 times a year.
- Reorganize the attic, basement, office and cupboards once a year. Consider using a Feng Shui professional to help arrange things proactively.
- Turn off the TV, put on some soothing music, light candles and set a new mood.
- Be sure to get those windows washed inside and out to let the light and love in!
365 Days of Clean
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a clean house, EVERY day? By following the daily tips below you will find your home will stay clean and tidy to give you 365 days of clean.
Do a load of laundry
With a family of four, it is possible to accumulate enough to do a load of laundry on a daily basis. Save a basket of stains to deal with or items to bleach and when you have a low-laundry day tackle one of those projects.
Tidy and pick up
Sounds obvious, but it is amazing how quickly messes can spin out of control if they are left. After a bit of time we can get used to a pile of books by the door or a pile of papers on the table and add to it without noticing. By doing a daily pick up routine, you are less likely to have these "growing" messes.
De-clutter your "hot spot" area
Not sure what a "hot spot" area is? Well, look closely at your entrances. We've all got them. They are those places where your kids dump their gear after school, you set down the mail and keys, or any other items as you walk in the door. Be aware of them and keep them tidy.
Do the dishes
Just like the laundry, the dishes are a continual chore. Get it down to a science so that you carve our a few minutes everyday to load and unload the dishwasher. Many people like to load the dishwasher throughout the day to keep the counters clean and then run the machine after dinner.
File? EVERY day, you ask? Yes. Paperwork can be the biggest culprit of messes in a home. Take 5 minutes to put schoolwork, bills, and other mail in their proper place to be dealt with so they aren't forgotten, misplaced or start one of the dreaded "paper piles."
Smart Ways to Prepare for Out of Town Guests
Guests coming in town this year? Be sure to have your guest room all prepared so that your guests feel welcome and you don't have to worry about fussing over them after they arrive. Here are some things to put on your checklist.
Make guest bed with clean, fresh bed linens. Flannel sheets are especially cozy during winter months.
The carpet or floor should be vacuumed thoroughly, especially if your house guests suffer from dust allergies.
Dust surfaces such as tables and lampshades.
The guest bath should also be clean and stocked with plenty of folded towels and washcloths.
Leave out a basket of sample sized soaps, bath gels, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and toothpaste within easy reach.
A hair dryer, extra tooth brushes, disposable razors and other bathroom staples should also be left out for your house guests' convenience.
Put out a few paperback books and magazines on the bedside table.