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Vinegar is touted as one of the most useful things to have at home because of its many purposes, aside from being used in food preparation. Most of the alternative uses fall under the category of cleaning, but vinegar can even be used for setting dyes in fabrics, killing weeds, and keeping ants away. White vinegar makes for a great cleaning agent because it is clear, but there are many other vinegars out there that can leave stains behind. Balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, wine vinegar, rice vinegar, and apple cider vinegar are all examples of vinegars with dyes, sugars, and other stain-inducing ingredients. If you cook, bake, or pickle with these vinegars, read on to learn how to remove their stains. Keys to cleaning stains If you’re using water as part of your cleaning method, always use cold water…

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Toys come into contact with all sorts of grime, dirt and germs as they are hurled, hauled, dragged and kicked about the house. Even after cleaning them, it is only a matter of time before they are once again covered in dirt. It can be quite a tedious task, but that is one of the responsibilities of a parent or babysitter. While most parents are absolutely comfortable with the hassle, many of them do not know how to wash toys correctly. It may seem negligible, but how you handle different materials and sizes of toys carries a great deal of weight. Below is a guide on how to clean toys with respect to their size, material and other factors. How to Wash Different Sizes of Toys For small toys without batteries, dip them inside a washbasin with warm water and…

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Floods usually take homeowners by surprise, so possessions that are stored or used in affected areas of the home will be damaged by water. The main difficulty with cleaning up after a flood is the fight against time, so you’ll have to be strategic about your efforts. Stay safe Turn off the power at the electrical panel when it’s safe to do so. If you’re not familiar with electrical maintenance, call your local utility company or electrician for assistance in shutting the power down. It’s important to do this in case you’ve left appliances plugged into the outlets because there may be a risk of shock if you come into contact with the water. Furthermore, floodwater is often unhygienic as much of it hasn’t been treated, so make sure to take proper precautions to minimize exposure. Clear out the room…

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Fall brings forth cooler temperatures, and since it comes immediately after a very hot season, preparing in advance is advisable in order to avoid rushing to keep up once the season changes. Below are a few things you can do days, or even weeks, beforehand to avoid the adverse impact of the sudden switch in weather. Clean Your Gutters One of the prime characteristics of fall is the falling of leaves. Gutters are among the places where leaves readily settle and pile up if left untended. The risk of clogging increases and so does that of rainwater pooling, which causes damage when that water expands and freezes. Having leaves in your gutters also increases the risk of potentially dangerous icicles forming overhead. Trim Your Trees To prevent snow and ice clumps from forming on boughs that are closer to your…

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Some estimates say that there are at least 350 million kinds of algae, most of which are located in the oceans—but some algae can even grow on concrete, as long as the conditions are damp. Algae removal is slightly tricky compared to other types of messes you might deal with, but using the right tools, the clean up is simple. Algae, moss, or mold? All three types of growth can thrive in similar environments, so it’s not always enough to guess what kind of plant you’re trying to remove. Moss resembles a typical house plant the most, in that it has stems and is structured—in fact, it’s almost like a plant with feathery leaves. Mold can be greenish, but it’s also, black, white, red, or yellow. Algae is amorphous and usually a deep green, but the telltale sign is that…

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When you’re preparing to cook up a storm, the actual meal you intend to whip up isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about. The reason for this is that you don’t want to cook a delicious, multi-course meal only to end up with your kitchen looking like a hurricane passed through it. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to keep your kitchen clean and tidy while cooking. Start Clean It makes sense to ensure that your kitchen is clean before cooking a meal. Otherwise, your kitchen might not be sanitary enough for meal preparation. Also, a clean and uncluttered kitchen will give you more room to work with. At Your Disposal Make sure that you have your garbage can, compost bin or recycle box handy so that you can discard of things appropriately and right…

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With your due date in the coming weeks and the excitement of the baby’s arrival, cleaning is probably one of the furthest things from your mind, but it’s important to welcome your new baby into a clean environment. Within this latest post, we’ll provide our five tips for welcoming a new baby into a clean home. Clean the Carpets Thoroughly Carpets should be cleaned with precision when welcoming a new baby into the home. There will be moments when you’ll want to place the baby on the floor space for comfort, so it’s important that all dust and dirt is removed expertly before the due date. If you’re uncomfortable completing this task alone, ask for specialist assistance from a professional to ensure an effective and safe cleaning process. Clean Out Kitchen Cabinets You’ll be stocking your kitchen cabinets with baby…

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Illnesses can impact your day-to-day routines. They can certainly make it more difficult to keep up with home maintenance. And so when you’ve recovered from a recent illness, you might need to spend some time cleaning the home and removing infected elements that could lead to a recurrence of the issue. In this latest post, our cleaning experts provide their quick guide to cleaning after an illness. Start with the Laundry Room As you begin the cleaning process, you can start with the space in which you’ll be conducting the most important cleaning work – the laundry room. Be sure to give the surfaces within your laundry room a clean with a vinegar solution. And then, when all parts of the room are clean, you can take dirty laundry into the space and it in a hot temperature wash to…

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You know the old saying, dogs are a man’s best friend! They’re lovable, playful, cuddly, and overall a great companion. Unfortunately, one of our favourite things about dogs can also be extremely frustrating when it comes to keeping the house clean. In case you haven’t guessed it, we’re talking about that luscious fur coat and all the shedding that comes with it! Luckily, we’re here to assure you that there’s no need to pull out your own hair when your dog leaves his behind, because we’ve rounded up some awesome cleanup tips that will come in handy next time you find yourself tripping over another pile of fur. Stock up on Lint Rollers These little tools are lifesavers when you want to perform a quick cleanup—especially when it comes to clothing and upholstery. Best of all, they’re affordable. If you…

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Your windows are the part of your home which show just how much dirt and grime there is floating around in the outside world. These clear surfaces spend all day, 24-7, 365 days a year taking whatever mother nature has to throw at them and if you let the cleaning go to long, it’s amazing just how dirty and unpleasant looking a window can get. Below are 5 easy tips for keeping your windows sparkling clean! Use the right tools. Most people’s window-cleaning arsenal consists of some windex, an old newspaper and maybe some paper towel. These materials, however, might not be your best option. Squeegees and microfibre cleaning cloths actually get the job done much better than the aforementioned products. Squeegees. Many people don’t realize just how effectively squeegees clean glass compared to paper towel and old newspapers. The…

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