Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tip of the Day #87: Place Keys in Bedroom

RE-POST: Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tip of the Day #86: Taking care of Head Lice

If you have school-age children, you know how bad and frequent cases of head lice occur. An effective way of preventing your child from getting them is to add about 10-12 drops of tea tree oil to the bottle of shampoo or squirting shampoo into your palm and adding a few drops directly to it. IF your child DOES come into contact with lice, massaging tea tree or coconut oil into hair every day will help in killing the eggs.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tip of the Day #85: DIY Car Upholstery Cleaner

A great recipe for cleaning car upholstery: Combine 6 tablespoons soap flakes (from a bar of Fels Naptha or Linda's soap found in the laundry aisle) with 2 tablespoons Borax--add 1 pint boiling water until ingredients dissolve. Let cool, then whip until a 'foam' is created. You can then brush it directly onto the fabric and wipe away with a damp sponge or cloth.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tip of the Day #84: Closet Organization

Organize your closet by using shower curtain hooks/rings to hang items like purses or necklaces :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tip of the Day #83: Room Freshener

To make a room smell consistently nice, spray a fragrance you like onto a light bulb.When you turn on the light, it will let off the smell with the heat! Make sure you only apply the scent when the bulb is COLD.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tip of the Day #82: Organizing Files & Manuals

I was forever losing manuals and warranty information around the home, so I added page protectors to a binder to store all of my user manuals in. Go through your binder at least once a year and toss any manuals for item you no longer have!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tip of the Day #81: Stripped Screw Remedy

If you are ever dealing with a stripped screw, all you need to do is place an elastic band over it and you will still be able to turn the screw. Works every time! :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tip of the Day #80: The 100 Item Challenge

Yesterday, my family made a drastic change in our household--we took what I named the "100 Item Challenge"--being that each member in our home is now limited to 100 personal belongings each! This ranges from clothes to perfume to crafts--EV
ERYTHING! The only items that were not considered were appliances & other necessities that our family share on a daily basis (toilet paper, towels, toothpaste, etc). Obviously, we helped our 2 small children with the task, but my 6 year old still was able to choose most of her favourite items. After completion, I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders. I DARE YOU ALL to take the challenge in your home! :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tip of the Day #78: DIY Carpet Cleaner

If you are looking for a 'natural' carpet cleaner to remove dirt from your ENTIRE carpet through a machine--all you need is equal parts WHITE VINEGAR & WATER!
But if you are only looking to spot clean, mix white vinegar and baking soda together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into the carpet stain with an old toothbrush, or something similar. Allow the paste to dry; then vacuum up the baking soda, and the stain should be gone--if not, you can apply hydrogen peroxide to the affected areas.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Tip of the Day #77: Removing Oil Stains from Driveway

Did you know kitty litter (non-clumping) is actually the BEST in removing oil stains from your driveway? Just pour over the stains and let sit overnight. Sweep up the next day then use Dawn dish soap--pour overtop, scrub, leave for 5 minutes then rinse. If the stains have been there for awhile you may have to repeat the process a few times but they WILL come out!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tip of the Day #76: Red Wine Stains

If you spill red wine the best way to remove it is by pouring WHITE wine over the stain! If need be, sprinkle salt over the area as well, then blot almost immediately.