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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bathroom Mold and Mildew

Is anyone having mold and mildew problems in your bathroom? These are fungi that grows and will thrive in moist, warm environments.

Some of the most common causes are air circulation, warm, humid environments, and dampness, does that scream bathroom to you? Now who might be seeing these conditions this time of year? Well I guess that depends on where you’re living.

If you are having problems with mold and mildew in your bathroom there are some ways to help keep it under control.

The Bathroom Fan

First, look at the bathroom fan. Is it full of lint and who knows what and you can barely see through the stuff? Now would be a good time to get your husband or significant other, have them take it down and clean it then carefully clean around the inside fan area too.

If for some reason the fan cover can’t be taken down, get out the vacuum and use the hose with the brush attachment on it to vacuum the outside vent area to remove dust and build up.

Open a Window

Some bathroom fans just aren’t up to par, but they help none the less. If your bathroom fan doesn’t seem strong enough to pull the moisture from the air, open a window to help the air circulation. Keep it open for a few minutes after you’ve gotten out of the shower – even if it isn’t the warmest outside – it really helps to clear the air.

Cleaning the Shower Area

Let’s face it; the shower can get damp and grimy. Mold and mildew just love this kind of surface and environment it’s oh so right conditions for it to thrive.

Don’t let this get you down though, take control. Get yourself a spray bottle and mix a 50/50 solution of chlorine bleach and water. This will remove the mold and mildew right away.

This is not a one-time solution; you have to be consistent with your cleaning habits. Regular cleanings, using the 50/50 mix to kill mold spores, drying the shower/tub down after each use, proper ventilation and good lighting conditions will all help to keep the mold and mildew from coming back.


If your bathroom has a musty odor due to the mold and mildew growth, use straight vinegar once a week to deodorize and it will also work towards stopping future growth. Just spray it on. You don’t even have to wipe it off.

Baking soda can also be used to clean the tub and shower area quite effectively and help reduce the smell associated with mold and mildew.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is here, summer is on the way. It’s still a little chilly outside but the sun is shining and there is just no excuse to stay inside. Especially when there is some outdoor spring cleaning that can be done.

We are going to be touching on some outdoor chores so you can get some fresh air and motivated. So from now until the end of summer, you can find a clean place to sit and enjoy your yard.

Get the Gutters Cleaned

After all the rain and leaves blowing from winter storms, cleaning the gutters in the spring will ensure they are going to be doing their job efficiently when the spring rains come along.

Wash the Windows

With all the wonderful sunshine that will be coming through your windows, who wants to look at a grimy one?

Here’s a quick recipe for you to use, just don’t use too much of the dishwashing liquid as it could cause streaking.

  • 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
  • 1 gallon hot water in a bucket

Put the liquid soap in first then add the hot water. Get the windows and window frame nice and clean. Don’t forget to wipe the windows dry after you’ve washed them. Use a soft cloth or wad up some plain brown paper.

Patio Furniture

Spring is such a beautiful time of year and I’m sure you will want to sit outdoors and enjoy the weather. Even if you have purchased furniture covers or the furniture is stored in a shed you’ll want to freshen it up a little bit.

Most often when your patio furniture is stored or covered, all it will need is a quick rinsing off to remove any dust. If necessary give it a quick wipe down with mild dish soap then spray it off.

If your furniture has been left to the elements over the winter months, get a broom or a stiff brush and start by getting all the dirt and debris off. Then use dish soap and water to clean it up and rinse with the hose when you’re done.

Bird Watching

If you have bird houses, or bird feeders they can definitely get grimy over winter. Enjoying birds that come and feed is one of the things we look forward to.

One way to clean small houses and feeders is to get a couple of five gallon buckets, put one item in each bucket to soak for awhile. Before taking them out of the bucket clean them with a cloth then rinse ‘em off.

Cleaning the Garage and the Shed

Get ready to declutter the garage and shed space. Get the family involved with this chore as it’s a bigger one the others we’ve listed. Have all the supplies handy such as garbage bags, storage bins, broom, radio, etc.

Get rid of or donate the things you haven’t seen and haven’t missed over the last year or two. Throw away old broken rusty tools. Store items that have been sitting out that you want to save. Take everything out, all of it. Sweep the floors, get rid of cobwebs and spider webs then put things back in an orderly way.

Clean the lawn mower and replace any parts if necessary, air filters, oil, spark plugs, etc. After all I’m sure you’re tired of looking at all that long grass.

Pick up the Yard

It’s also a great time to pull up dead plants or remove the dead flowers from your favorite hydrangea plant that you didn’t get to before winter. Rake up the leaves and bramble and pull any weeds that dare show themselves from the gardens and get ready for all the new growth.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Organizing Your Home for Guests

Welcome guests to your home with a comfortable place to stay while visiting. Whether it’s a spare bedroom or a home office that doubles as a guest room there are things you can do to always be prepared for planned visits and last minute guests.

With families the guest room will often be in the same room as the home office, so we’ll provide tips for a home office guest room.

Let’s be honest, having guests stay in your home is stressful. There is the kind of company that will stay for two days or more and some that will only stay overnight.

But regardless of how long they will be staying, a good host you must be – and what better way than to be prepared. Making your guests comfortable is important to keep your family life running smoothly.

Being prepared and getting organized for guests can take care of their needs ahead of time and you can welcome them without all the stress.

Making the Home Office a Guest Friendly Space

One thing to do is keep a guest basket ready, make sure there is closet space available for their clothes, plan your office furniture so you can quickly go from office to guest room.

Hopefully you have advanced warning that company is coming. Three days prior to their arrival start transitioning the space to guest room.

1) Pay bills in advance so you don’t have your personal business papers lying about and so you won’t have to barge in the room to take care of household bills. File paperwork and shred papers you don’t need.

2) If you have a wireless router in your home and a laptop, you can move the laptop to another room and take your bills out of the room to pay later. If you have a desktop computer, create a log on account for guests. If they need computer access they can do so without accessing any of your private information.

3) Vacuum and clean up the room. Make sure there is space in the closet for hanging their clothes and some shelf space for other items and keep a basket in the room for their dirty laundry.

4) Use baskets for organizing supplies your guests will need. Put these together and store them on a closet shelf and cover them to keep the dust off. The day before guests arrive take out the basket. The basket can contain:

a. bath towels and wash cloths
b. unopened soap
c. toothbrush and toothpaste
d. shampoo, conditioner, q-tips, and lotions
e. keep a note on top letting them know where additional supplies are kept.

5) Keep a small TV with a DVD player in the room and have movies and music out so they can relax and maybe watch one before bed.

6) Most home offices contain a bookshelf. Make sure to have a variety of books on the shelf for reading. On another shelf keep a few extra blankets they can use to get comfy at night.

Leave Things Out in the Kitchen

Do you have a midnight snacker in the family? Chances are one of your guests will be a snacker too. So they don’t feel uncomfortable getting up in the middle of the night and rummaging through your cabinets, keep things out on the counter, at least for the first night.

Keep a rectangular basket lined with a towel on the counter, keep a couple of drinking glasses, napkins, silverware, a bowl and plate, a box of crackers, chips, or cookies and again leave a note telling them where other food items can be found.

Keep the Furniture Functional

When you know your office will also be a guest room, pick furniture that is functional like a couch that turns into a bed, a shelving unit that has a locking cabinet, and don’t get a desk that is too large for the space when the bed is extended.

Choose a side table that has a drawer and storage space below for keeping keys, jewelry, phones, etc. Hang decorative hooks on the wall where they can hang towels, bathrobes, and clothes.

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