Natural Cleaning Tips For Healthy Living - February 2017

Create and maintain a clean environment of your very own.

DIY stain removers Oscar Party Tips Party Cleanup Post Party Cleanup

Post-Oscar Party Stain Removers

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If you were the host of the annual Oscar party bash last night,  you may not be feeling much like a winner as you peruse your home today.

A wine stain on your sofa?

Water ring on the new coffee table?

While it is always best to treat stains as soon as they appear, there are still things you can do the day after the party to get your home back into award-winning shape.

 

Water Rings

We love this idea from LifeHacker: Put a piece of wax paper over the stain and lay a towel on top.  Next, iron the towel over the stain on medium heat (don’t steam!), making sure not to let the iron sit too long in one place.  Lift the towel and wax paper every 30 seconds to check your progress.  Keep working on it until the stain is gone.

 

Candle Wax

Once the wax has cooled and hardened, use a dull knife or paint scraper to remove it from the surface. For carpet and fabrics, cover remaining spot with several layers of paper towels and press with a warm iron. Follow up by blotting with rubbing alcohol.

 

Makeup

For makeup on fabric put a few drops of glycerin on the stain and scrape off or gently rub with hydrogen peroxide.

 

Glitter

Once you vacuum up as much glitter as you can, try this tip from AllYou.com: Roll some Play-Doh over the mess to pick up the remaining sparkles.

 

Chocolate

If chocolate lands on your furniture or clothing, rub the stain in a circular motion with warm, soapy water or a borax solution. Rinse with cold water.

 

Tomato Sauce

Remove as much of the excess sauce as possible using a butter knife and then blot the stain with a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Continue to blot–alternating between your sponge and a dry cloth–until the stain is gone.

 

Red Wine

If the stain is still wet, pour salt over the stain and let it sit until it begins to turn pinkish.  Discard the excess salt and then, using a solution of equal parts detergent and peroxide, blot the stain until it has vanished.
Of course, there is one sure way to make sure your post-party clean up doesn’t override the during-party fun…call us!  We offer event services that help you get your home ready–and back-to-ready–when you are hosting special events.  Visit our website for details.

 

 

Talk to us: What cleaning challenge stops you from hosting a party?

 

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Dogs Pet care Protecting Pets in Winter

Three Ways to Clean Your Dog’s Paws

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Feel free to take your dog for an extra spin around the park today—it’s National Walk Your Dog Day!  But, before you head back into the house, here are three ways to help you keep your dog’s paws clean, keeping him healthy and your house dirt-free!

 

Create a cleaning station

Keeping a shallow container of water near your door is the easiest way to clean your dog’s paws before he or she tracks dirt throughout the house. When you come inside, dip each paw into the water, one at a time, and then wipe them down with a towel. This will loosen up the mud or other particles that have gotten on their fur or stuck between their toes. You can also invest in a “Paw Plunger”.  We talk about it here.

 

Use eco-friendly pet wipes

There are a variety of options that are usually plant based and chemical free, giving you a quick, easy, and natural way to remove dirt or other debris from your furry friend’s feet. You can find numerous options from Chewy.com.

 

Invest in a dog glove or mitt

Believe it or not, there are several different kinds of dog gloves that are made specifically for removing dirt, mud, or other particles from your dog’s body. Simply use the glove to wipe down the pads of their feet and in between their nails, and you should be able to remove most or all of the debris. Then, simply throw the glove into the washer whenever you feel the need. We like this Paw Cleaning Mitt from SimplyGoodStuff.com.

 

Talk to us:  What is your favorite dog park in NYC?

 

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Organic Wines Upcycling Wine

How to Save Unused Wine

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When was the last time you still had wine left over after a dinner party? Okay, we can’t think of a time either, but once the wine has been exposed to oxygen, it begins to lose its flavors and aromas. Unfortunately, this happens pretty quickly! Our best tip is to finish the bottle—you can do it—but just in case National Drink Wine Day leaves you with a glass or two left, here three tricks to save it.

 

Refrigerate It

Red, white, doesn’t matter. After you open it, put it in the refrigerator. The cold won’t stop the oxidation process, but it will slow it down significantly, giving you one or two days more should you absolutely need it.

 

Transfer It

Crazily enough, there are in fact half-bottles of wine sold in most stores. A good way to save leftover wine is to transfer what’s left into a smaller bottle, leaving it exposed to less oxygen. Keep an empty half-bottle handy for rare situations in which you might need to keep wine for a few extra days.

 

Transfer It Again

A tried and true method of saving wine that is somehow left in the bottle is to pour it into a mason jar. The same thing that makes mason jars good for canning is equally as helpful in keeping wine from souring—a nifty little airtight seal that can keep your wine fresh for up to 5 days, lest you need to save it for that long.

 

Talk to us: Do you use any of these tips to save leftover wine? What has or hasn’t worked for you?

 

image courtesy of flickr cc/Dan Dickinson

 

 

chocolate stain stain removal tips Valentine's Day

Stain Buster: Chocolate

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It’s Valentine’s Day and nothing says I love you more than giving your sweetheart a box of chocolates.  If the love of your life is also the “Oscar Madison” of your life (you know the “messy” one from the Odd Couple), keep these tips handy to clean up any chocolate stains from clothing or furniture.

 

Remove the excess chocolate

This is one of the most important parts of treating a chocolate stain. Do this gently so you don’t force it deeper into the fibers, but try to remove as much of it as you can by scraping the extra chocolate off of the fabric. We recommend using a spoon!

 

Use cold water

The temperature of your water is very important here. Warmer water will actually set the chocolate further into the clothing or other fabric. If possible, rinse the back of the stain with cold water to flush out as much of the chocolate as you can.

 

Grab some liquid detergent

Rub a small amount of laundry soap gently into the stain to allow the chocolate to break down, and leave it sit for a few minutes. After it’s set for a bit, soak the fabric in cold water, occasionally rubbing the spot, or blotting if it’s furniture, to loosen the stain. Repeat this until you’ve gotten as much of the stain out as you can.

 

Wash as usual

The chocolate should be gone from the fabric. Before drying the item, check to make sure that the stain has disappeared. If not, repeat the previous steps by rinsing with cold water and rubbing with liquid detergent. If it’s furniture, just continue to blot the stain with soap until the stain is gone!

 

Talk to us: What is your favorite kind of chocolate to get on Valentine’s Day (we’re kind of fond of these eco-friendly versions here)

 

image courtesy of flickr CC/Luisa Contreras

cleaning products Housecleaning tips Household Inventions

4 Household Inventions You Didn’t Know Existed

When it comes to household inventions, we are forever grateful for those who invented the products that make it easier for us to keep our homes clean and organized (we’re talking to you, Hubert Cecil Booth, inventor of the vacuum cleaner).

While we could each make a list of items we can’t imagine living without—refrigerators, microwaves, mops—some of today’s newest inventions just may be the household product you’ve been missing. Here are 4 “newer” inventions that will make your household chores easier:

 

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Created by a mom (Amy Bradley) who was frustrated with endlessly picking up LEGOs, the Toydozer is designed to quickly and easily gather up toys scattered on the floor and then lets you dump them into their respective toy bins.

 

 

 

 

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As much as we love our pets, their paws are the cause of some great household cleanups—especially during the winter months. Paw Plunger gently and safely cleans paws before your pup cleans them on your rug, furniture or freshly mopped floor.

 

 

 

 

50317248Full Circle Bubble Up Soap Dispenser & Brush

Please put this in the “why didn’t I think of that” column. Simply add dishwashing liquid and water to the spring loaded ceramic base and move brush up and down to generate the desired amount of suds. The brush actually cleans better than a regular sponge and the dispenser allows you to use less dishwashing liquid than usual.

 

 

 

 

51wpvzn1gllMini Tabletop Cow Vacuum

The Mini Tabletop Cow Vacuum (and its sister the Tabletop Pig), are pretty much the cutest and most functional accessories for your home. The surprisingly powerful vacuum makes crumbs and tiny dust ball s disappear with ease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk to us:  What is your favorite household invention?

Cleaning Tips Stain Removing Tips Tomato Sauce

Stain Buster: Tomato Sauce

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It’s National Pizza Day! Don’t worry if you get a little sauce on your shirt (or table cloth, or floor, etc) while you are enjoying a few slices of your favorite ‘za—we have just the tips for getting things clean.

 

Clothing

  • Remove as much of the excess sauce as possible.  We suggest using a butter knife to help grab the sauce easily without ruining your clothing.
  • Run the garment under cold water.  Good Housekeeping recommends running the water through the BACK of the stain to keep it from getting deeper into the fabric.
  • Rub stain with liquid laundry detergent or soap. If your garment is white, you may also consider using an eco-friendly bleaching solution of either hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar.
  • Continue adding the detergent and/or bleaching solution until the stain is gone.
  • Launder as usual, doing a quick double-check to make sure the stain is gone before you toss the garment into the dryer.

 

Upholstery or Carpet Cleaning

  • Remove as much of the excess sauce as possible.  Once again, use a butter knife to help grab the sauce easily without ruining your fabric.
  • Using a clean sponge, blot the stain with a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Use a dry cloth to alternately blot the stain dry.
  • Continue to blot with sponge and dry cloth until stain is gone.
  • If possible, KidSpot suggests moving the furniture or rug into the sun “to allow the UV rays to break down the stain.”

 

Talk to us:  How do you treat a tomato stain?

 

image courtesy of flickr CC/Nacho

Sources:
Good Housekeeping
KidSpot
Stain-Removal-101

 

 

 

Decorating Tips Etsy Small Space Living

5 Great Space Saving Etsy Finds

Since this is the start of the Month of Love, we wanted to share some of the items we are loving on Etsy this month.  We heart pieces that are not only cute, but functional–adding a bit of design flair to even the smallest of spaces.  Show your small space some love with these 5 Etsy finds:

 

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Floating shelves–These particular pieces are made with reclaimed wood. Even cooler, they have an added modern touch with the industrial pipe. The perfect accent piece for anyone with a rustic style. Add a couple to your space here.

 

 

 

il_570xn-1027469129_2dvi Minimalist coffee table–For small spaces, this coffee table is perfect. It can sit at the end of your couch, or be slid over the arm to work as a table or tray. This piece comes in four different stain colors and a variety of sizes to work for you. Get the perfect finish here.

 

 

 

il_570xn-1069225273_lesvEssential oil storage –Use this shelf for housing your essential oils, or as storage for any other small trinkets. Reclaimed wood is all the rage these days, and this unique piece can add something very special to your space. Find it here.

 

 

 

 

il_570xn-1120857045_havq Apple crates– These box crates are the perfect way to store things in a small space. Cute, functional, and stackable, these rustic apple crates can be stacked against a wall or even used as a makeshift table. Grab a few here.

 

 

 

 

il_570xn-883883626_i4kpIndustrial clothing rack–As most of us know too well, there’s no such thing as a big enough closet. If your small space doesn’t allow much room for your clothes, invest in a statement piece like this clothing rack to hang items from that can sit freely and stylishly within your bedroom. Hang your clothes here.

 

 

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