How To Create an Amazing Aroma in Your Home

 

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Make your kitchen and whole house smell amazing with this simple method.

Supplies:

  • Orange Peel
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • A couple Whole All Spice
  • Apple peels (good for pie scraps!)

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan with water.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer until your house smells like heaven.
  4. Don’t forget to add more water as needed!

You could also use this method in a crockpot. Just use more of the supplies. Don’t stop here, you can also add lemon peels, greens from your tree, vanilla, or even slices of ginger. Whatever you enjoy.

I have also read that you can deodorize your home by briefly boiling water and white vinegar.

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How to Soak Fruits & Vegetables

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If you think buying organic is too expensive for your budget this method will clean fruits and vegetables. Soaking your produce helps to freshen the food, clean out the dirt, pesticide residues, and any bugs.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • Water

Method:

  1. Fill your sink 1/4 full with cold water.
  2. Add vinegar and salt.
  3. Swish water with your hand until your salt has dissolved.
  4. Add vegetables and fruit. Dunk the pieces and rotate them.
  5. Soak for 30 minutes to an hour.
  6. Remove each piece and give a gentle scrub with a brush or towel and rinse with fresh water.

You will be amazed at the dirt and particles left in the water.

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How to Trap Fruit Flies

 

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On these hot humid days fruit flies can pop up quickly. They can be quite a nuisance. There is a pretty easy and quick way to trap them.

  • Small bowl
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Cling wrap
  • Small knife
  1. Place a bit of vinegar in the bowl.
  2. Tightly cover with cling wrap. It should be very smooth.
  3. With the knife, poke tiny holes in the cling wrap.
  4. Set it out on the counter. This will allow the flies to find their way into the bowl but they will not find their way out.

This also helps if you clean up the fruit or whatever you have on the counter. Within a day or so you flies will be gone!

 

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4 Ways to Boost Your Laundry

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Laundry is one of my least favorite things to do around the house but I do appreciate warm clean clothes and cozy clean sheets. Today I wanted to share a couple little tips that I have to boost laundry.

  1. Borax – I started adding 2/3 cup of borax to my towels, t-shirts, and underthings. It is really making a difference! Old stains are disappearing or becoming less noticeable and whites are getting whiter. I haven’t tried this with any clothes I consider important like work garments or jeans, but for anything I wash with hot water, this is a great boost. A box is rather inexpensive, around $3 or $4 at Target.
  2. Dryer Balls – I have two spiky little dryer balls that I keep in my dryer. It mixes up the clothes and helps them dry faster and softens the clothes. I haven’t used fabric softener since I ruined a good work shirt and this is an easy and inexpensive tip.
  3. Vinegar – Is there anything vinegar can’t do? Add 1 cup of vinegar to a load of laundry to soften and brighten your clothes. I’ve also read that it can help set colors in clothes to prevent fading, but haven’t tried it myself.
  4. Dish Soap – Have you ever spilled oil or salad dressing on your clothes? I have all too frequently. My tip is to soak your garment in dish soap, give it a little rub on the spill, and wash the following day. Be sure to hang dry to ensure that the stain is gone. I’ve saved a few tops from certain stains this way. I think the key is to get your clothes in the soapy water as soon as possible.

Do you have any laundry tips? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks.

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10 Places Bacteria Hides In Your Home

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It’s just about time for spring cleaning. Today I wanted to share 10 spots that bacteria hides in your home to help tackle it.

  1. Toilet Bowl – This sounds like a given but the toilet contains 3.2 million bacteria per square inch. Which is why washing hands and regular cleaning are essential.
  2. Kitchen Drain – The second germiest place in the home is the kitchen drain. Think of all the food that catches in the drain with a wet environment for bacteria to thrive.
  3. Kitchen Sponge – Another wet home for bacteria to grow. A sponge or cloth contains 134,630 bacteria per square inch so rotate often.
  4. Faucet Handle – Both the kitchen and bathroom faucets can come into contact with messy hands.
  5. Pet Food Dish – The inside of pet food dishes can collect bacteria, clean frequently to keep your family and pets healthy.
  6. Garbage Bin– Contains 411 bacteria per square inch.
  7. Refrigerator Door Handle – 319 bacteria per square inch. Think about touching the handle and then touching your food. Yikes!
  8. Toilet Flush Handle – I was surprised to read that the handle of the toilet contains 83 bacteria per square inch.
  9. Television Remote Control – The remote control is something that I tend to overlook until someone gets sick then I clean every surface like a fiend. The remote contains 70 bacteria per square inch.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/news/20070625/top-spots-for-bacteria-at-home

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