This week I ask did you know …. and hopefully you will learn some money saving, time saving ideas as well as homeowner chores to keep your home in the best of shape especially in case of resale….
Based on Bob Vila’s email blasts here are some ideas I found interesting!
- Did you know… Cardboard boxes used as storage bins can be nesting grounds for cockroaches? I am looking for a plastic contain sale!
Read “12 mistakes you make to attract bugs to your kitchen”:
after living here 18 years I still scream when I see a cockroach!
- Did you know for a cleaner bathroom…
The Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner hangs from the shower head and spritzes a 360-degree dose of cleaner at the touch of a button. Give it a tap at the end of every shower, and you may be able to avoid any real cleaning for a month.
looking for it next trip to WalMart
Keep your commode sparkling without getting your hands dirty by dropping a cleaning tablet into the tank a few times a week.
Squeegee the shower…Removing that moisture right away will discourage the growth of mildew and keep the glass free of spots.
—always a race in our house to see you can shower first so the other has to squeegee…lol
Check your grout for cracks and have it re-grouting so moisture does not get behind the tiles. This a major problem that home inspectors look for…
- Did you know there are many uses for Windex…
Ketchup, tomato sauce, and red wine are the scourge of many shirts. As long as you’re not dealing with delicate silk fabrics, lightly spray the stain with Windex and let sit for 15 minutes. Blot with a clean cloth, rinse with cold water, and wash as recommended. For best results, use the uncolored version of Windex.
Why waste money on pricey jewelry cleaner when Windex can do the job? Brighten metal and gemstone jewelry by simply spraying the piece with Windex and scrubbing lightly with an old toothbrush. Then rinse with cool water and wear. (Just don’t try this trick on soft, porous jewelry, like opals, turquoise, pearls, shell, or coral—ammonia-based cleaners are a no-no.)
Kill Pesty bugs:
Spray a bit of Windex on them and they’ll curl up and die within minutes. Don’t try this on bees or wasps, however—it doesn’t work instantly, and you might get stung. And, you might also try using it as an insect repellent: spray along the edges of a door or window to keep bugs at bay.
An extremely effective degreaser, Windex can soften built-up grease throughout the kitchen, especially on hard-to-clean range hoods, fans, and light fixtures. Spray down the surface liberally, let stand for 10 minutes, and then wipe it up. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water to eliminate any cleanser residue on food preparation surfaces.
Country Cleaner etc. 1 product for all
Countertop, glass cook top, tile, and grout grime won’t stand a chance against Windex. The product works on granite, marble, and laminate countertops, and—best of all—won’t erode or damage grout. No need to even switch cleansers when you switch to wiping down enamel and stainless steel appliances.
I can get rid of many products and save money!
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- Worry About Mold?
- Did you know…11 Secret Weapons to Keep in Your Cleaning Caddy
Use baby oil to shine stainless steel… I have used D40 but article includes rice to clean stemware, newspapers to wash windows, gloves and dryer sheets to cleaning and use vinegar, baking soda, corn starch and peroxide for certain cleaning jobs…BUT really…ketchup?
- Did you know… you can Tackle Tarnish with Ketchup:
Months can go by before you notice that your brass and copper cookware and decorative items have started to tarnish. The quick fix: Squeeze a dollop of ketchup onto a clean, dry rag, and rub it on the discolored spots. Rinse away the condiment with warm water, and dry the metal with a towel.
I think I will buy some generic ketchup and not my expensive organic brand ketchup!
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- Did you know…15 Cheap Home Repairs That Could Save You Thousands
This post includes having a programmable thermostat, enough attic insulation, flushing the sewer drains, cleaning gutters, keeping the outside house painted and windows caulked and…
- DID you know to flip the switches?
Over time, corrosion can develop on circuit breaker contacts; if ignored, this can cause irreparable damage. Every two or three months, simply flip each breaker off and back on. This simple step costs nothing but can increase the circuits’ lifespan enormously.
Sounds like a “He job” to me…
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- Did you know to put a filled bottle of water into your toilet tank?
Unless you own a dual-flush toilet, you’re probably dumping way too much water down the drain with each flush, which in turn raises your water bill. Flush smarter by adding a brick or full plastic water bottle to the toilet tank. The extra bulk will raise the tank’s float arm faster, which means you’ll need less water to fill the tank.
Tried that! WHOOPS… used a 20 oz water bottles— stopped the toilet from working!? bigger bottle?
- Did you know: The bag your potatoes and onions in cane made into scrubbers…
The flexible mesh bags that commonly house store-bought onions and potatoes can be given a second life in the kitchen as pot scrubbers. Start by cutting and folding the bag into the desired dimensions, then use a yarn needle to stitch the edges closed with rug yarn. That’s it! You’re ready to take your new scrubber to the sink and start cutting through grease!
Think I’ll pass on that idea!
But other ideas include: cleaning coils of refrigerator, using a pencil to get the most out of the toothpaste tube, cutting sponges in half, changing filters, pulling plugs on charging devices, setting up a rain barrel (rain barrel? Been there done that… besides it only servicinga small area—it gets nasty inside and has to be cleaned out!)
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I enjoy the Bob Vila emails—although they come quite often and I do not make the time to read all of them…hope you learned some things to keep your home in shape and make life less stressful!
Citrus County Upcoming events:
November 3, Black Diamond Car Show 10-3 Black Diamond Ranch Rotary Charity Event $10 car admission donation
November 10 Dragon Boat Festival 8 AM to 5 PM Hernando Lake
November 10 & 11 Old Homosassa Crafts and Seafood Festival Homosassa Civic Club Festival Grounds 550 S. Mason Creek Rd. Sat. 9-5 Sun. 9-4:30