Quirky Tip of the Month

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

Make Your Stainless Appliances Smudge-Fee

September 23, 2022

If you own stainless steel kitchen appliances, you may want to consider using car wax to clean them rather than a surface cleaner. Simply apply a light coat of car wax to the appliance, allow time to dry, and buff clean to resist fingerprints and smudges. No more kiddy fingerprints on the fridge! Source: family…

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How to Care for Marble Surfaces

August 24, 2022

Marble is a beautiful surface for counters and tabletops. But because it is quite soft and porous, marble can easily be stained, scratched, and chipped. To help prevent staining, marble surfaces are often coated with protective sealers. Depending on use, these coatings should be reapplied every year or two. Regular cleanings should be as gentle…

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How to make your own Windex

July 21, 2022

This recipe is easy to do and is more economical than ready-made products. Ingredients 2 cups rubbing alcohol ½ cup ammonia 1 teaspoon dishwashing soap 1-gallon water Directions Mix all ingredients together, adding just enough water to reach the 1-gallon mark, and divide up into spray bottles for all bathrooms. Can also be used to…

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How to Clean a Washing Machine

June 21, 2022

Cleaning a washing machine starts with just two items*: 1 quart of bleach  1 quart of white vinegar *Some of you might be thinking: But wait, isn’t it dangerous to mix bleach and vinegar? The answer is yes, but we will not be mixing the two here. Read on… Fill the empty washer with hot…

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Kitchen tiles

How to Clean Kitchen Backsplash Tiles

May 18, 2022

Baking Soda for Kitchen Grease If your backsplash tiles have a lot of grease on them, mix baking soda with some water to form a paste that’s thick enough to stick to the tiles. Rub the mixture over the greasy spots and wait at least 10 minutes.  Go over the tiles with a clean, wet…

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture Covers

April 18, 2022

Outdoor furniture covers can help protect your patio furniture and extend its life. Keeping these covers clean and well maintained can, in turn, extend the life of the covers. The best time to clean the covers is while they are on the furniture. Treat Stains Use a solution of 1 cup bleach and ½ cup…

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How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Upholstery

March 24, 2022

Wondering how to get chocolate out of a car seat? What about your furniture? Follow these steps to learn how to remove chocolate stains from everyday upholstered items: Carefully scrape excess chocolate off with a knife or by holding your vacuum hose directly above the stain. Make a simple stain remover by adding 1 tablespoon…

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How to remove white salt stains from your wood floors

How to remove white salt stains from your wood floors

February 16, 2022

Salt is great for melting ice, but bad when those white stains get on your shoes, and you walk on your wood floors. Unfortunately, if you don’t clean the stains quickly enough, they could cause permanent damage.  Here is an easy and cost-effective way you can clean the salt and preserve your floors.  Start by…

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Healthy Oven Cleaning in Less than 5 minutes

January 16, 2022

It’s tempting to reach for one of those all-in-one oven cleaners, but the warnings about chemical fumes can be off-putting. There’s a more natural way to get the job done. Here’s an 8-step guide, and in five minutes (plus soaking time) you’ll have a sparkling appliance ready for action. Make sure your oven is switched…

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