Quirky Tip of the Month

Here are some Quirky Tips published by kellydesigns, an interior design and decorating firm in Fairfield, Connecticut.

mosquitoes

How to keep mosquitoes away from your patio

April 20, 2021

Fans – Oscillating fans will blow bugs away Bat Houses – Install these high in your trees so bats will come and prey on mosquitoes. Lighting – Bugs are attracted to lights however some more than others. Swap out your white bulbs for yellow so fewer pests are drawn in. Yard – Eliminate standing water, and remove excess grass, leaves, firewood, and…

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roasting pan

How to clean a burnt or stained roasting pan

March 20, 2021

With Easter and Passover right around the corner, a lot of roasting pans are going to be coming out of the cabinet.For Burnt Pans: Even if you’re cleaning your roasting pan properly after each use, those burnt-on black spots can still appear. These tricky spots may seem impenetrable, but with a few pantry staples, you can…

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Quirky Tip Smart Snow Shoveling

January 21, 2021

As we head into the dead of winter, I wanted to share with you these sensible snow shoveling tips that I came across. Let me know if you try any of these. #4 looks like a good one.  If it’s a big storm, don’t wait until the end to break out the snow shovel, or…

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from Rachel Ray

6 Amazing Tips that Will Make Thanksgiving Cleanup a Breeze!

November 12, 2020

Tip 1: To avoid having to clean your oven, line the bottom with a large sheet of foil to catch any drippings.Tip 2: Eliminate the need to scrub your baking pans by lining them with parchment paper.Tip 3: When it comes time to load the dishwasher, you’ll have less food to scrape off your dishes…

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How to set up a virtual background on zoom

How to set up a virtual background on zoom

October 21, 2020

If you don’t have enough space in your home to have a pretty backdrop behind you, consider customizing your background while on Zoom calls. You can virtually transport yourself to the beach, outer space or anywhere else you can imagine. CNET has a handy step-by-step guide to changing your Zoom background on the desktop and mobile app,…

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3 Essential To-Dos for Orchid Care

September 28, 2020

1) Adding three ice cubes once per week is a simple way to ensure that your orchid gets the perfect amount of water for healthy growth.. 2) Orchids prefer their sunlight to be indirect. If you place it near a window with a sheer curtain, the curtain acts as a buffer, protecting your Orchid from sunburn. 3)…

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How to clean acrylic lucite furniture

How to clean acrylic lucite furniture

August 17, 2020

crylic care consists of no more than normal wipe-cleaning to keep it looking new. Regular cleaning chemicals should never be used. Novus makes 3 products that are safe to use that repel dust, remove scratches and keeps surfaces free from dirt. It’s a clear, anti-static formula specially created to remove the negative charge that can attract…

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Artificial Plants

3 ways to clean your artificial plants

July 30, 2020

Regular cleaning and dusting once a week is highly recommended to avoid dirt forming a layer that becomes hard to remove. Always start at the top and work your way to the bottom so that the dirt does not fall on the parts you’ve cleaned before. Option 1) Dust with a Soft-Bristle Paintbrush Paint brushes…

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How to clean your lamp shades

How to clean your lamp shades

June 29, 2020

Glass Shades – Use a soft damp cloth for light cleaning, or a gentle glass cleaner or soapy water for tough grime. Fabric Shades – Most fabric shades can be vacuumed gently to remove excess dirt. For serious stains, you’ll want to consider a dry cleaning product that you can use at home. Beaded Shades – Vacuum beaded…

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