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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.

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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How to clean silverware easily

February 14, 2017

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…

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How to get a pen stain out of jeans

February 2, 2017

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…

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How to build a roaring fire.

December 27, 2016

from virtualcabin 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…

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How to remove muddy foot and paw prints

October 31, 2016

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…

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How to remove stains from your rug

October 18, 2016

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…

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Homemade Upholstery Shampoo

September 2, 2016

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!  Ingredients 2 cups warm water Squirt of liquid dishwashing soap Instructions Add the water into a mixing bowl and then the soap. Use an electric mixer at medium speed…

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