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Quirky Tip of the Month

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

Set ceiling fans for winter

January 28, 2018

Set fan blades to move clockwise in winter, and run fans slowly. The idea is to lift cool air to the ceiling and push heated air down where you can enjoy it. Some fans have a remote control or remote switch. Otherwise, use a ladder and manually adjust the small toggle switch on the fan…

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How to clean champagne flutes

December 21, 2017

Before cleaning the glassware, place it on a soft towel by the kitchen sink (to help avoid breakage if dropped). Then, fill the glass with warm water and add in an Alka-Seltzer tablet. Allow the tablet to dissolve. Next, rinse the glass with warm water. Dry with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine. source:…

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How to ripen fruit faster

November 22, 2017

Need fruit to ripen faster before making your signature pies? Simply stick it in a paper bag a couple of days in advance. To speed up the process even further, add a banana to the bag along with your unripe produce. This will speed it up even more, but don’t let it stay too long!!…

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How to make Mums last longer

November 6, 2017

Make sure your mum in a sunny area and keep the soil moist, but do not saturate. Giving your plants too much water will result in rotting stems and mushy, decaying blooms. Deadhead as needed by removing any dead or damaged flowers, leaves, and stems when necessary to keep your mum looking fresh and healthy.…

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Restaurant Tips on Removing Red Wine Stains

September 17, 2017

According to restauranteurs, these ingredients will get nasty red wine stains out of your carpet or upholstery. Remember that it is very important to dab not rub, as rubbing will only spread the stain and possibly damage the material. Be sure to use a generous amount of whichever substance you choose.¬†Plain club soda or a…

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How to clean stainless steel appliances

August 6, 2017

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…

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Removing water rings from wood tables and counters

July 13, 2017

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. Image: Source: Hal Martin

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DOs and DON’TS of cleaning a flat screen TV

June 9, 2017

DO Turn off the monitor. If the screen is dark it will be easier to see the dirty and oily areas. Make a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Gently wipe the screen. DON’T Use paper towels as these may scratch or damage the screen. Use products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone or…

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Use Newspapers to Prevent Weeds

Use Newspapers to Prevent Weeds

May 1, 2017

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!

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