Stainless steel appliances seem to be stained with fingerprints constantly. But to give them a good, clean shine, all you need is a microfiber cloth (or just a soft cloth) and some rubbing alcohol! If you really want to get your stainless steel super clean – once a month use a few drops of olive oil to mask scratches, erase water spots and repel smudges. When done with either treatment, buff to shine.
First wet the newspapers, then put layers around the plants overlapping them as you go. Then all you have to do is cover the soil with mulch and totally forget about weeds. The weeds will get through some gardening plastic but they will not get through wet newspapers. Happy planting!
Arrange a row of the biggest logs on the grate in the hearth leaving an inch or two of space between each one. Stack slightly smaller logs on top, arranging them perpendicular to the first layer. For the next two layers add kindling (twigs & narrow logs) alternating so each row is perpendicular to the one below it with each layer smaller than the one below it so the stack comes to a peak. Add the final layer, tinder, which is small pieces of wood like chips and shavings. The top of the stack should be about halfway up the height of the firebox. The top layer will light easily with a match so you won’t need newspaper. As the fire burns it will ignite the wood below it producing a robust blaze.
First, a word of caution: the recipe below is water based. Only use if your upholstery cleaning codes are W or WS. Also, always test on an inconspicuous spot first!
2 cups warm water
Squirt of liquid dishwashing soap
Add the water into a mixing bowl and then the soap. Use an electric mixer at medium speed to mix the solution. This will create a foam that can be used to clean your upholstered furniture. You must use this foam immediately. It cannot be stored. This homemade upholstery shampoo will work well on most food and drink stains on your upholstery, and just general dirt and grime that has built up from use.
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and olive oil. Rub the surface with a gentle cloth. Make sure the cloth is non abrasive. Rub the water mark and walah. It’s gone. This mixture will remove dirt too. The vinegar cleans and the oil conditions and best of all, it’s non toxic.
Line a baking pan with silver foil. Add enough vinegar to a pot that will fill your pan 1-2″ deep. Bring the vinegar almost to a boil then add 1 TB of baking soda. Pour the solution into the pan and add silverware. The solution will cause the tarnish on the silverware to transfer to the foil. Remove clean pieces. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. From the Joy of Clean Cleaning.
Autumn is also a typically wet and muddy season which means we can find muddy foot prints and paw prints inside our homes. To clean tile and hardwood floors a steam mop will lift and remove dirt easily. But when it comes to rugs, it is best to leave the mud to dry before tackling. Once the mud has dried, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda over the area and leave this for at least half-an-hour to lift out the dirt, and then vacuum as normal.
Covering the stain with a few spritzes of aerosol hair spray is the tried-and-true method! Get one with a high alcohol content (the first ingredient on the list) and treat the stain while it is still wet by dousing the spot. Let it dry and don’t touch it or else you will embed the stain even more. Within minutes the alcohol will pull the ink to the surface, bubble up and dry. Then you can flake it off with the edge of a knife.
It’s a good idea to always keep a bottle of Club soda in your pantry to use when there’s a spill. It will remove things like coffee, red wine, pet stains and more.
Pour the club soda directly onto the area and let it soak into the rug. Keep blotting the area until the stain is gone. Do not rub, just blot.
It will be more difficult to remove once its dry so move quickly. Another great trick is to pour salt on top of the stain, let it dry and vacuum up the next day. The saly will lift the stain out. If the stain is still visible after treatment call an expert but if you catch the spill in time your rug should look as good as new.