Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tip of the Day # 151: Cleaning Fans

The Best Way to Clean your Fan

I am one of those people that NEEDS to have a fan on at all times when sleeping for the sound! Unfortunately, what comes with that is having to clean it more often than I really want to. Not only is it unsanitary, but I dread looking at the fan getting out of bed every morning!
I've tried various methods to figure out the easiest and fastest way to clean my fan--and the most effective has to be using a DRYER SHEET! I just run it across all grates at once, then slide along each one to catch the remaining particles. If the blades are bad too, open up your fan and wipe clean with a dryer sheet as well.

Tip of the Day # 150: LEGO Cleanup


 Use a fitted sheet under the dumped Legos.  Keep the Legos contained to on top of the sheet area, and then when finished scoop up the Legos inside the sheet and dump back into the container.  So easy. So simple. So foot pain-free!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tip of the Day # 149: Removing Scratches from Leather surfaces

How to remove scratches from leather!

Leather furniture sure is beautiful, but over time, it can really take a beating from your pets, kids or just overall, use!

There is a simple trick to remove those pesky scratches that appear--OLIVE OIL! That's all you need!

Use a soft cloth to rub the olive oil into the leather in circles--the key is really rubbing it in.  Follow up with a paper towel and buff a bit.  If you are worried about oil residue on the leather, the paper towel buffing really takes care of that, ensuring there is no oil left on surface of leather. 

Tell me about your results! :)

Tip of the Day # 148: Growing Garlic at Home


Did you know that one clove or bulb of garlic, when planted, can produce up to an additional twenty cloves? So instead of tossing out your garlic that's started to sprout, plant it instead!

1. Simply plant garlic cloves individually. If they've started to sprout, even better! Otherwise plant them with the pointy end up. Make sure they are in a sunny location and soil isn't too damp. You can plant multiple cloves four inches apart either in your yard or in a pot. It will fair well even if planted among other flowers or vegetables.

2. Then just sit back and wait for your garlic to grow. If it's potted, water it occasionally but don't drown it. As your garlic grows, it will sprout leaves. Once the leaves turn brown and die, it's time to harvest your garlic. (Don't harvest any earlier or your cloves will be too small!)

3. Once you harvest your garlic, hang the bulbs in a cool, dry location to dry them and prevent rot. Your garlic should dry in about a week, at which time you can simply brush off the dirt and start cooking with the cloves or plant some more!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tip of the Day # 147: Corkboards for Kitchen Cabinets

Adhere cork boards (available at the dollar store) to the inside of a kitchen cupboard door to keep important notices from being lost. This way, they are out of sight and prevents from cluttering your fridge or counters--helping you maintain a tidy kitchen! :)

Tip of the Day # 146: Painting Tips

Protect doorknobs and hardware in the kitchen and bathroom when you're painting by wrapping foil around them to catch dribbles. The foil molds to the shape of whatever it's covering and stays firmly in place until the job is complete!

Tip of the Day # 145: Sinus Relief

Easy Sinus Relief

All you need is:

1 1/2- 2 cups uncooked white long grain rice (DO NOT use instant rice. It will catch fire/burn when being heated.)

An old cotton sock

Optional: A few drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Note: If you want to use this for headache relief, add peppermint essential oil instead of the eucalyptus.


Just pour the rice into the sock (and essential oil if you are using it) and tie closed. Next time you are in need of sinus relief, just heat it in the microwave for approximately 45 seconds (depending), and place wherever you are in pain.