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Repositionable stickers (peel-and-stick appliqués) can transform any room in your house from mundane to magnificent. Most stickers work on any smooth, dry and clean surface including walls, mirrors, tiles, and other accessories. Simply apply the sticker to your wall or other surface, press down to remove any bubbles and voila! Instant art. The best part is the stickers are not permanent like wallpaper or paint. You can remove them at any time and move to another location or simply return the sticker to its liner/backer and save it for next year. Use stickers for children’s bedrooms, playrooms, or around the house for different seasons or holidays. The ideas are endless.
You can find repositionable stickers at craft stores like Michaels or online at RoomMates, (http://www.roommatespeelandstick.com).
The one and only thing I've ever found that will successfully remove crayon marks from a wall is a nifty little product called Goo Gone. I think you can get it at home improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.). It's also great for removing stubborn price tag and sticker adhesive.
Be very specific about what you want your child to do. "Clean your room" is vague to most children as well as overwhelming. I usually gather all of the things that I want my son to put away on his bed so that he doesn't miss anything. It also makes it easier for me to dust and vacuum because his toys are out of the way.
When food debris gets "cooked" onto the inside surfaces of your microwave, it can be difficult to clean. To make the job easier, boil a cup of water in your microwave and let it sit inside the oven steaming for 5-10 minutes. This will soften the debris, making it easy to wipe clean.
To make your own enviromentally friendly and non toxic floor cleaner: Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons hot water. For greasy floors, add 1/4 cup washing soda and 1 tablespoon vegetable-oil-based soap to the above mixture.
Play beat the clock with the microwave. Start by reheating your morning beverage, pull all the contents out of a predetermined cupboard. Take inventory. Take a break. Clean the shelf (or replace the shelfpaper) and replace the contents you want for every day use. Box the rest and give it a new home.
When you are ready to start your spring cleaning , set your priorities. Start at the front door (outside) and work in . If I was inspecting a house with an intention to buy, what do I look at or for? What things would I do to fix things up? This is the place to start. Not the attic where you can get lost down memory lane for hours at a time. The front closet, the kitchen, the main use bathroom.The public places. Out of sight, out of mind. At least until you do have to move.
Keep an empty tissue box on or near your clothes dryer to put the lint in each time you empty the lint screen. Also, put used dryer sheets in the tissue box. When the box gets full, dispose of it -- instead of carrying a handful of lint from each dryer load to the garbage can.
After children have a chance to put their belongings away, and haven´t, place the items in a box. Your kids can redeem them by doing extra chores around the house. This is not a punishment, this is an exchange of labor -- you had to pick up their stuff, now they have to do something for you. Don´t make chores a punishment. If you think of housework as a punishment yourself, you need to get things straight in your own mind. Certain tasks simply must be done to keep a household running. Doing them doesn´t make you a servant. You do it for the good of the family --including yourself.
When I moved into my house, I couldn't figure out what the stainless steel bar at the top of the entrance to the laundry room was for. I still don't know what the previous owner used it for, but it's great for hanging up clothes that wrinkle easily when they come out of the dryer! I keep a small supply of hangers there and, as I take a blouse or skirt or some other easily wrinkled item out, I hang it up. This cuts down on my ironing and makes more room in the basket for the clean and folded clothes. Anyone can install this on a doorless entryway by using an adjustable length tension-mounted rod.
Never put a piece of laundry into the dryer if you are worried whether or not a stain came out. Heat sets stains. Let the piece air dry. Look at the spot in natural light. You can always dampen and throw it into the dryer later to remove wrinkles.
Add about 1/8 cup of baking soda (instead of dry bleach) in the wash cycle of your laundry. Clothes will be brighter and smell cleaner (as a result, you can reduce the amount of detergent you use and save money)!
Five basic nontoxic ingredients that can be used as cleansing agents: These ingredients, supplemented with vegetable-oil- based soaps, lemon juice, herbs or toothpaste, can be mixed together and used to bring a natural, economical and safe shine to your home: baking soda, washing soda, borax, salt, and white vinegar.
Make everyone (who is big enough) responsible for picking up their own mess. For example, putting dishes in the sink or dishwasher, picking up toys, magazines, and newspapers, etc. are tasks that can easily become a family habit.
Does it really matter if the entire spring cleaning list be done in a day? Only if your mother-in-law is coming for an extended visit- tomorrow. Make lists. Lots of lists. One for each adult in the family (baby-sitting age and up) One for each walking child. One for any help you may have - baby-sitter, cleaning lady, mother-in-law etc.
When cleaning small items that don't get used regularly, I've found that putting them in the dishwasher is a quick and easy way to get them looking brand new again. This especially works great on the items I keep on my dresser, as they tend to get a build-up of hairspray on them.
Carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless, colorless gas that can render you unconscious before you can react. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your bedroom and close to the furnace for the earliest warning.
Pick a room , strip the curtains. Drive to the nearest dry cleaners. If you do not have a car, you will have to do it the old-fashioned way. Part 1: Remove the hooks and place them in a bag. Stuff the drapes in the gentle cycle of the washing machine. Part 2: Clean the window ledge before part three. Part 3: Replace hooks. Part 4: Re-hang the sheers to dry.
Smash the welcome mat on the side of the house to freshen . Save other small carpets for a day that your kids make you really, really angry. Sweep the front door, stoop and surrounding area free of last years' hallowe'en cobwebs.
In this house, any chore that does not get done on a biweekly basis qualifies as spring cleaning. Pick a day. Pick a task. Then just do it. Chose a chore that really does take less than 5 minutes to do and get that inspiring sense of satisfaction that just may motivate you to continue.
To make a non-toxic disinfectant: Mix 1/2 cup borax (a natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria) with 1 gallon hot water.Add a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Steep for 10 minutes, strain and cool. Store in a recycled plastic spray bottle.
A great way to get seeds started is by wrapping them in a folded wet paper towel. Place the towel in a sealable plastic bag, and place it someplace warm (like the top of the refrigerator). The seeds will sprout in a few days' time, and then they can be transferred to soil.
Spring cleaning mini blinds: Part 1: Figure out how to remove them. Part 2 - fill the tub with water and dish soap. Place blinds in to soak. Part 3. Warm up the now cold water. Use a scrub brush to remove the stubborn stains. Drain the tub. Leave to dry overnight. Part 4: Re-hang. Note: If you do one at a time, the shining difference should guilt you into trying two at a time next round.
Always pre-wash fabrics before you sew. To keep them from "bleeding", wash fabrics in a little laundry soap, a cup of vinegar and a generous handful of salt. Put vinegar, not fabric softener, in the rinse water. Fabric softener prevents applique backing and iron-on interfacing from sticking.
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