Tips

Here are some really damn helpful tips for you!  

Be sure to swing back by often, no doubt new tips will be added.  And hey, if you've got some hot ones, do let me know and I'll add them to the list!

Bugs:

○     Ants around the house?  Use Terro Liquid Bait Traps indoors and diatomaceous earth outdoors.  The latter is pet safe and all-natural.  Both work near instantly!

○     Mosquitoes got you down?  No worries, get yourself set up with Thermacell.  It's scent-free and lasts several hours and toooottaaallly works.

Cleaning:

○     To sparkle up your grout, sprinkle on some baking soda, spray a few sprays of hydrogen peroxide, scrub with a toothbrush or scrubber, rinse and voila, clean grout!

○     To sparkle up your kitchen cabinets, mix some TSP substitute powder in a spray bottle with some water, spray onto anything greasy then wipe off with a clean rag.  Grease is gone!

○     To clean burnt-on crud on baking sheets or pots and pans, try some Bar Keeper's Friend.  Sprinkle it on, a little bit of light scrubbing, and most should come right up!

○     To remove black silverware marks from plates, use Bar Keeper's Friend and a scrubby pad.

○     My go-to silver polish?  Wright's.

○     Murky glass in your shower?  Warm up some vinegar and mix in the same amount of blue dish soap like Dawn (a 50/50 mix), spray it on the glass, let it sit for a few minutes.  A light scrubbing and a rinse later, clear as day!  Don't let it sit too long, vinegar dissolves and etches grout.

○     Smelly dishwasher or washing machine?  Run a load empty using vinegar as the detergent.  For the dishwasher, pour some in a cup and set it on the top rack right side up.

○     Dried paint stuck on your plastic laundry tub?  No problem, use some rubbing alcohol and a scrubby pad or brush.

Garden:

○     Looking to kill a tree or shrub stump?  Drill a few holes in it, sprinkle in some Epsom salt, water the salt, and in no time the stump will be dead.

○     Similarly, Epsom salt can be used as a fertilizer or a killer -- do your research first!

○     To kill off anything, sprinkle with regular table salt and water.  This will leave your soil barren for a while though and is an equal opportunity killer (it'll kill everything around it).

General:

○     Vinegar dissolves grout -- use it to clean up after grouting but avoid using it any time after.

Painting/Wall Treatments:

○     Done painting for the day but still have more to do?  Stick your paint roller in a plastic grocery bag and roll it tight.  Tuck your paint tray in a plastic garbage bag.  Slide your paintbrush into a plastic bag and roll it up.  The next day everything will be raring to go and you'll only clean up once!

○     Getting in on some wallpaper?  Yay!  Do your future self (or future homeowner people) a huge favor and use an adhesive primer first.  Doing so makes removal a super simple snap and you'll never fear wallpaper again!





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