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Celebrity Designer and Author with DIY summer cleaning tips

Celebrity Designer and Author with DIY summer cleaning tips
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Art & Antiques: Cleaning tips to protect your valuables
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By Dr. Lori Verderame

I met a client during an in-home appraisal evaluation session who had raised six sons in a house with a pristine, fragile, and very valuable collection of antique glassware. Her ability to have boys share a house with fragile stemware prompted me to share my tips for protecting your valuables.

Valuable objects — art, antiques, and collectibles — have to live in a stable environment to remain in good condition. Here are some tips for keeping your home and your stuff in tip top, clutter-free shape.

Do serious cleaning first. Clean up the kind of dirt that comes in from outside like mud on your shoes, germs that can grow if you leave food out overnight, and the like. Clean it up.

Quick pick me up

How do I achieve this marvel of home cleanliness? About 10 minutes before I head off to bed, I do a quick clean up: Load the dishwasher, put away that jacket that I tossed on a chair when I had to take a phone call, put my gym shoes in the closet, etc. I don’t go full force. I just do a few little things to keep the house in order.

The next morning, I find the house is in reasonably good shape. This nighttime trick prevents the clutter from getting out of hand. When you have a big mountain of cleaning to do, it can be overwhelming. Tidy up!

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Arts & Antiques | Cleaning tips will help protect your valuables

Arts & Antiques | Cleaning tips will help protect your valuables
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This antique canister set, circa 1900, survived being passed down through generations because the owners took the time to keep them clean and in order. LORI VERDERAME — Photo provided

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Living Space: 9 tips to speed cleaning
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Some people love to clean and glory in gleaming porcelain, burnished wood and sparkling glass. For most of us, though, cleaning is a time-eater and anything but fun. Try these speed-cleaning tips to ease the pain and improve your results:

1 No more smelly sponges: A sour sponge makes your whole kitchen smell and is riddled with bacteria. Buy a wire sponge caddy to store sponges odor-free. Plastic sponge holders don’t let enough air circulate, and sponges never lie flat.

2 Rescue grease-stained clothes: Did a stick of lip balm go into the wash and stain your clothes? Use Carbona’s Laundry Devil No. 5 for grease to remove the evidence. carbona.com

3 Keep baseboards clean: The anti-static properties of a dryer sheet will help keep dust and animal hair from accumulating on your baseboards.

4 Organization is key: Use bread bag clips to mark electrical cords. Upended hairspray caps can fill in the space between drawer organizers and corral tiny items like swabs, bobby pins, medicine tubes and flossers.

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Gabriel House – Guest House


You’ll be centrally located in Cork with a stay at Gabriel House – Guest House, minutes from Custom House and Cork City Hall. This bed & breakfast is within close proximity of Murphy’s Brewery and Opera House at Emmet Place. Read More About Gabriel House – Guest House Rooms Stay in one of 25 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access is available. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include complimentary newspapers, and cribs/infant beds can be requested. Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and babysitting/childcare. Dining Full breakfasts are served daily in the dining room for a fee. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff. Free parking is available onsite. Full breakfasts are served daily in the dining room for a fee. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply. The preferred airport for Gabriel House – Guest House is Cork (ORK) – 6.4 km / 4 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre. National Rating This property is not a registered Bed & breakfast within the meaning of the Irish Tourist Traffic Acts. Know Before You Go Children 5 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian’s room, using existing bedding. Fees The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out. Breakfast fee: EUR 10 per person (approximately) Rollaway bed fee: EUR 30 per night The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
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The 4 Best Natural Cleaners For Your Home

The 4 Best Natural Cleaners For Your Home
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Looking to make the switch to natural cleaners, but not quite sure where to start or what to use? We’re here to help! We asked our cleaning experts to spill their best natural cleaning secrets to create this handy guide on the four best natural cleaners for your home. 1. Salt Thanks to its natural chemical properties, everyday household salt can effectively clean lime deposits, carpet and wicker furniture.

  • Salt and vinegar will naturally dissolve lime, without disturbing your beautiful chrome or steel appliances and surfaces.
  • Salt particles are naturally abrasive, so salt water will quickly and effectively remove dirt from even the hardest to reach nooks and crannies. This is perfect for all your outdoor furniture!
  • Because salt is a natural degreaser, it will work wonders on your grease-based carpet stains � just be careful if your carpet is old or delicate.

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Butterfly House


Butterfly House This pole mounted Butterfly House features a dramatic overhanging roof and etched glass side panels for easy viewing. Slots on the side provide passage and ventilation. The top lifts off for easy cleaning. This Butterfly House is an elegant accent to any garden landscape. Features: 9 Pounds 29″ x 11″ x 11″ Easy to Clean
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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
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It pretty much kills me to spend money to pay for things I know I can make myself. Take cleaning products for example. Knowing I can make specific cleaners for pennies that cost dollars at the store just makes me happy. It’s a no-brainer. In the past I’ve shared lots of my recipes with you. Want to know how to do that? Here are three handy recipes to help you get started saving all that money you used to spend on household cleaners.

GRANITE CLEANER: Countertops made from granite, marble and stone are tricky because these materials are porous and stain easily. You never want to clean them with anything acidic, which means vinegar and lemon juice are both out. Here is a homemade granite cleaner that will not stain nor is it acidic. It works like a champ to clean and shine these natural counters.

Pour 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol into a 16-oz. spray bottle. Add 3 drops (only 3) Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent, 5 to 10 drop essential oil (this is optional, but will add a nice fragrance) plus enough water to fill the bottle. Apply the spray top and shake to mix. You can use this cleaner to clean and shine your appliances as well.

This homemade solution costs about 25 cents for 16 oz. Compare that to Granite Gold ($ 16.95/24 oz.) or Method Daily Granite ($ 7/12 oz.).

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Fabulous household cleaners you can make yourself
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It pretty much kills me to spend money to pay for things I know I can make myself. Take cleaning products for example. Knowing I can make specific cleaners for pennies that cost dollars at the store just makes me happy. It’s a no-brainer. In the past I’ve shared lots of my recipes with you. Want to know how to do that? Here are three handy recipes to help you get started saving all that money you used to spend on household cleaners.

Granite Cleaner. Countertops made from granite, marble and stone are tricky because these materials are porous and stain easily. You never want to clean them with anything acidic, which means vinegar and lemon juice are both out. Here is a homemade granite cleaner that will not stain nor is it acidic. It works like a champ to clean and shine these natural counters.

Pour 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol into a 16-oz. spray bottle. Add 3 drops (only 3) Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent, 5 to 10 drop essential oil (this is optional, but will add a nice fragrance) plus enough water to fill the bottle. Apply the spray top and shake to mix. You can use this cleaner to clean and shine your appliances as well.

This homemade solution costs about 25 cents for 16 oz. Compare that to Granite Gold ($ 16.95/24 oz.) or Method Daily Granite ($ 7.00/12 oz.). continues on The Star Democrat

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Spring Cleaning And Organizational Tips And Tricks From The Pros at Ancaster …

Spring Cleaning And Organizational Tips And Tricks From The Pros at Ancaster …
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At last the veil of winter has lifted, and you may find yourself itching to clear out some spaces and let the sunshine in.

Tackling big projects like basements or attics can be overwhelming when faced with decades of collected items. The good people at Ancaster Mini Storage provide solutions to help you keep those cherished items while keeping your home clutter-free.

As a U-haul dealer, Ancaster Mini Storage has all the boxes and moving supplies you will need in…………… continues on Hamilton Spectator

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The 4 Best Natural Cleaners For Your Home
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Looking to make the switch to natural cleaners, but not quite sure where to start or what to use? We’re here to help! We asked our cleaning experts to spill their best natural cleaning secrets to create this handy guide on the four best natural cleaners for your home. 1. Salt Thanks to its natural chemical properties, everyday household salt can effectively clean lime deposits, carpet and wicker furniture.

  • Salt and vinegar will naturally dissolve lime, without disturbing your beautiful chrome or steel appliances and surfaces.
  • Salt particles are naturally abrasive, so salt water will quickly and effectively remove dirt from even the hardest to reach nooks and crannies. This is perfect for all your outdoor furniture!
  • Because salt is a natural degreaser, it will work wonders on your grease-based carpet stains � just be careful if your carpet is old or delicate.

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The 4 Best Natural Cleaners For Your Home

The 4 Best Natural Cleaners For Your Home
News from Moscow Villager:

Looking to make the switch to natural cleaners, but not quite sure where to start or what to use? We’re here to help! We asked our cleaning experts to spill their best natural cleaning secrets to create this handy guide on the four best natural cleaners for your home. 1. Salt Thanks to its natural chemical properties, everyday household salt can effectively clean lime deposits, carpet and wicker furniture.

  • Salt and vinegar will naturally dissolve lime, without disturbing your beautiful chrome or steel appliances and surfaces.
  • Salt particles are naturally abrasive, so salt water will quickly and effectively remove dirt from even the hardest to reach nooks and crannies. This is perfect for all your outdoor furniture!
  • Because salt is a natural degreaser, it will work wonders on your grease-based carpet stains � just be careful if your carpet is old or delicate.

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Summer window cleaning tips
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06/07/2014

It’s that time of the year again when we finally get a little bit more sun to brighten up our homes.

However, if you have dirty or grimy windows, it can have a huge effect on how much light shines through, making it seem like a dark and dismal winter day even when there is bright sunshine outside.

Window Cleaning can be a tedious chore, so it is not surprising we often choose to put it off.

However, if we don’t keep on top of it regularly, it will become just that little bit more awkward to achieve good results.

When tackling your windows you should start first by getting the right tools. If you have the correct equipment at your disposal it can also help the whole process go a lot more smoothly.

So what are the main things that you should have?

The first thing you will need is a commercial window cleaning product. These are widely available from most stores and supermarkets and are formulated especially for the task.

If for some reason, you cannot find any, then you can opt for a glass cleaner instead.

You should always test a little of the product on a small patch of your windows before commencing. Ensure you follow the instructions given on the bottle, fo…………… continues on Fastklean

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From quick recipes to cleaning tips, Martha Stewart shares how to host a last …

From quick recipes to cleaning tips, Martha Stewart shares how to host a last …
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Create a more natural summer with safe, effective household cleaning tips

Create a more natural summer with safe, effective household cleaning tips
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Sunscreen, bug spray, pool chlorine – some chemicals seem unavoidable when summer arrives but the season should be a celebration of Mother Nature. You can give your family a healthier and fresher summer by switching to natural cleaning products in your home.

“Misconceptions persist that natural cleaning is more expensive and less effective, but nothing could be farther from the truth,” says J.R. Rigley, president of Watkins, Inc. “Natural is top of mind for many families, and they need to know that you don’t have to sacrifice health, efficacy or your bank account for a clean, natural home.”

While 75 percent of Americans believe it’s important to use natural products when cleaning around the home, less than a quarter do so, according to the J.R. Watkins Cleaning Survey by Kelton. Some common misconceptions may be to blame for the disconnect between what people say they should do and what they’re actually doing. The Kelton survey found that 51 percent believe natural products are too costly, 48 percent feel they are less effective and 33 percent worry that products may not be as natural as they claim to be.

It is possible, however, to enjoy a more natural summer in your home. Rigley offers some tips for understanding, choosing and using natural products:

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SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Upcoming performances, cleaning tips – Aiken Standard
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Is Tide Oxi Really The Super Cleaning Agent That The Blonde Property Brother …

Is Tide Oxi Really The Super Cleaning Agent That The Blonde Property Brother …
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10 Life-Changing Cleaning & Organizing Tips For People With ADD

10 Life-Changing Cleaning & Organizing Tips For People With ADD
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For pretty much my whole life, I’ve been a huge slob. We’re talking gigantic piles of clothes on the floor, dirty dishes all over the house, disgusting bathroom, “What is a duster and how do you use it?” levels of slobbery. I have ADD, and I always found it nearly impossible to focus long enough to clean something up, let alone maintain any semblance of organization. A couple years ago, I decided I was tired of my apartment looking like a frat house, so I made a commitment to change my behavior. I read continues on The Frisky

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Tips on how to clean dusty lampshades
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Dear Heloise:

I never realized all the dust that accumulates on the lampshades throughout the house. Ick! Do you have any hints for how to clean these (mostly cloth) lampshades?

Diane T. in Ohio

I do have some hints for these often-neglected areas, which can trap quite a bit of dust. If you have pleated lampshades, you can gently remove the dust by using a makeup brush, clean paintbrush or the dusting-brush attachment on your vacuum.

For a flat lampshade, you also can use a makeup brush or paintbrush, but a lint roller works really well, particularly if you have pets and their hair is on the lampshade.

For either style of lampshade, you also can try using a hair dryer on the “High” setting to blow off the dust. An added Heloise hint: Make cleaning these lampshades part of your regular dusting routine to keep dust to a minimum.

Heloise

Dear Heloise:

My old metal garden rake had a wooden handle that became very dry, and splinters were a problem. I was going to use duct tape, but I wanted something better to grip. I had some old bicycle inner tubes. I cut about an 18-inch length of one of the rubber tubes. I dusted the end of the rake handle and slid the tube onto it. It worked so well. I have since used this method on shovels, ax handles and other tools. It’s a great way to preserve the life of…………… continues on Houston Chronicle

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