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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.

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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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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