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Spring Cleaning 30 Day Challenge

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/23/17 5:30 PM

Spring is here! The air my still be a bit nippy, but with daylight savings behind us, the change in season is apparent and it’s obvious that spring is just around the corner.

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Topics: Spring, Cleaning, season, spring cleaning

Remove Hard Water Stains

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 2/17/17 6:30 PM

If you’ve you ever dealt with hard water stains, you know they’re a force to be reckoned with. Jodeze Home and Garden has come up with an effective and eco-friendly solution for tackling hard water stains using salt!

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Topics: DIY, Cleaning, Easy, eco-friendly, eco, scrub, Lexington, bowling green, ky, georgetown, ky, elizabethtown, ky, florence, ky, new albany, in, louisville, Somerville,TN, louisville, ky, jeffersonville, in, lexington, ky, lebanon, ky, ashland, ky, berea, ky, richmond, ky, clarksville, tn

Marble Stain Removal

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 1/26/17 7:30 PM

Fact: Marble is not stain resistant. On the contrary, marble is a very porous stone, and can soak up the liquids you erroneously spill. So those marble counter tops and floors, while pristine and polished looking for now, won’t be if you don’t keep a close eye on them.

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Topics: Cleaning, flooring, countertops, marble, floors

Fridge Coil Cleaning How-To

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 1/25/17 8:00 PM

We know it’s dark and dusty – but don’t be afraid. Those coils are no force to be reckoned with - cleaning your fridge coils every six months to a year helps your appliance cool more efficiently!

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Topics: Maintenance, Cleaning, how-to, appliance, fridge, refridgerator, coil

DIY Sink Scrub

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 10/21/16 6:30 PM

Nothing stinks worse than a scuzzy sink. If you’re sick at your sink, there’s a quick, do-it-yourself fix that will have it in ship-shape.

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Topics: DIY, Cleaning, Easy, Kitchen, Natural, sink, how-to, eco-friendly, eco, scrub

Air Ducts 101

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 9/20/16 8:00 PM

As a new home owner, you probably try to keep the air in your home fresh. If the air in your home isn’t so fresh-smelling, should you pay to have your air ducts cleaned?

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Topics: Home, Cooling, Cleaning, Mold, air quality, air ducts, HVAC, dust

Heed Heat & Humidity

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 9/1/16 7:30 PM

If you haven’t been hit with it already, it’s because you haven’t stepped outside. The heat and humidity are here, and before a transition into fall ushers in cooler temps, your house could be the breeding ground of something suspicious.

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Topics: organize, Cleaning, Mold, water, water damage, heat, humidity, waterproof, organization, mildew

Spring Cleaning 101

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/14/16 6:00 PM

At least once a year, we are all called to dive head first into our closets, studies, and everywhere else we tend to collect clutter and purge the unnecessary. This ritual is referred to by most as “spring cleaning” – which can be more difficult for some than others.

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Topics: Home, Spring, closet, organize, Cleaning, how-to

5 Ways to Turn Function to Fashion

Posted by Amy Patterson on 8/4/15 4:33 PM

We all have little areas in our home that we seek to take attention away from. There are some things that your home couldn’t function without, yet aren’t incredibly appealing to look at everyday. Hiding these items can be tricky, so we have come up with a list of ways to hide the five most common uglies in your home.

Router – If you don’t have a router, and thus, don’t have wifi – I’m sorry about the lack of Netflix binges in your life.

 Photo & DIY via: DIY Ready

Lighting – If you live in an older home, or apartment, you might find these lovely strip lights above your bathroom mirror. Covering them makes a huge difference in the look of the room. 

Photo via: Buzzfeed

Cords – In our tech driven society, it seems like chargers are a main staple of any kitchen counter. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Hide all of your charging ports away in a drawer. 

 

Photo & DIY via: The Kitchn

Trash – Trash bins are not something that will enhance your curb appeal. Unless its trash day, hide those bins away in something with more aesthetic appeal.


Photos via: Listotic

Spices – Spices seem to find a way to multiply, and most kitchens don’t come with cabinets that cater well to them – so, usually, they end up knocked over, with their contents dusting your cabinets and countertops. No more!

Photo via: njard.com

 

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Topics: DIY, Homeowners, Home Loans, organize, Cleaning, Homemade

Revive Your Washer Without Chemicals

Posted by Amy Patterson on 7/31/15 3:52 PM

We’ve all been there…you need a new washer (for whatever reason – you’ve moved, yours kicked the bucket, etc.), but you don’t really want to pay $500-$2,500 (yes, there are seriously washers for $2,500) for a brand new one. Enter Craigslist – our favorite place to find gently used things from totally normal people {sarcasm}. But sometimes, you luck out – like I did last weekend – when I found a gently used, still perfectly good washer and dryer for 100 bucks. Needless to say, I scooped them up quickly.

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Washer, dryer...and curious pup. 

When I brought them home, the first thing I noticed was the remnants of clothing articles past. Fuzz balls and lint, random tiny miscellaneous items had all lost their homes and ended up in the little detergent dispenser. There was also some buildup from detergent and softener that I wanted to clear out.

This is a photo of my detergent dispenser before.

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And here it is now!

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The best part is I was able to do this without using any chemical cleansers! I used only natural ingredients. It only took about 10 minutes of scrubbing for my washer to look and smell brand new. This is also a great way to refresh and revive your washer. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

White vinegar

Baking soda

Scrub brush

Small bucket or bin

Here’s what to do:

  • Set your washer to the biggest load size and on the hottest water temperature
  • While the washer is filling, pour 3-4 cups of white vinegar and about ¼ cup of baking soda into the drum
  • Keep the lid open so that the drum can soak for about an hour
  • While you’re waiting on your hour to be up, grab your little scrub brush (a toothbrush would work also) and your bucket or bin
  • Fill the bucket or bin with about 1:3 ratio of vinegar to warm water, then add in a sprinkling of baking soda
  • Your softener dispenser should come off easily (mine just pulled straight up and off), as should the cover of your laundry dispenser (photos)
  • Toss the pieces into your bucket and let them soak for a few minutes
  • While they are soaking, scrub around the top of your washer, the inside and any other parts you can access that look like they need some TLC
  • Now that your pieces have soaked, you should be able to scrub the remaining detergent remnants off pretty easily
  • Reattach removed pieces and close lid
  • Let your washer finish its cycle – the spinning will help clean it even more
  • Set your washer to do an extra rinse cycle (on hot) to clear out any remaining vinegar
  • Enjoy your new(ish) washer! 

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Topics: DIY, Green Living, Homeowners, Cleaning

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