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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Making Your Own Weed Killer

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may already know that vinegar has a ton of uses around the house. Maybe you’re like me and keep loads of it around. Even our cleaning crews use it when cleaning houses, so we keep gallons on the shelves at work, while I keep gallons at home.

Besides all the proven uses of vinegar in the home, did you know that regular old vinegar is also an effective weed killer?

I have a patch of garden where I haven’t planted anything for quite some time, and the weeds get totally out of control. I thought I’d save myself some backbreaking work and use a vinegar solution (recipe below) to kill the weeds.

It works really well and when the weeds are brown, dried, and dead, I’m a happy camper—it makes cleaning them up a bit easier!

Vinegar Weed Killer Recipe

  • 1 gallon white vinegar (regular household strength)
  • 2 tablespoons Dawn liquid dish detergent
  • 1 cup salt

Add the salt and vinegar to an empty sprayer, the garden variety kind. If you don’t have one you can use a watering can. Swish the container around until the salt is dissolved, then add the dish detergent and swish again to mix it in.

The vinegar alone will do the job, but because I had quite a bit of weeds, I added the dish detergent, so the mixture will stick to the weeds and hold a little better. I also added the salt to help dry out and kill the weeds faster.

You don’t have to use the salt if you’re just going after a few sparse weeds here and there.

If you have some of this weed killer left when you’re done spraying, it will keep nicely. Just swish it around before you use it the next time. When I store it, I tie a label around the lid, so that others in the house will know what’s in the container.

If you finish what’s in the container, just rinse it out good when you’re done to remove all traces of the vinegar/salt/soap mixture.

Using Your Homemade Weed Killer

The best time to use this type of weed killer is when the sun is out on a warm day. You also want to make sure you do this on a day that isn’t windy.

For those that live in a place with an abundance of sunshine, warmer climate, and a little less rain than where I live, it can be used just about any time of the year.

Spray directly on the weeds, drenching all parts of the weed. That’s it! You’re done. If you notice within a few days some of the weeds haven’t died off, repeat the application.

Nothing is a cure-all. This is not a long-term solution to keep weeds out of the garden; your weeds will return. If you don’t want to use a weed killer all the time, this will at least get you caught up and make the weeding easier and more manageable—if you keep up on it, that is.


As it is with commercial weed killers, this mixture can harm any surrounding foliage and the lawn, so do be careful where you spray. That being said, it most likely won’t kill a plant if a small amount does get on it, but it may cause some discoloration.

Help Keeping Weeds out of the Garden

As I stated above, nothing is a cure-all for killing weeds. You can, however, help keep them at bay by using mulch. Applying at least 2 to 4 inches of mulch can help retain moisture in the soil as well as help keep weeds away.

Mulch will naturally decay over time, so maintain your layers of mulch on a regular basis and enjoy your beautiful garden space.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How a Cleaning Service Can Make Your Life Easier

Are you one of those people stuck in the house on Saturday morning cleaning before you can get out and enjoy the day?

Maybe its summer and you want to take a trip to the zoo, farmers market, or the movies, but first you feel compelled to get the house picked up and cleaned.
I can’t say I blame you—I absolutely hate coming home to a dirty house. On the other hand, who wants to clean their house first thing in the morning?

There have been times when we’ve left a messy house to go enjoy our day, then walked back into that same messy house hours later. Then, it’s like all that great adrenaline and giddiness from all the fun we just had has been taken away in one fell swoop!

Darn. We have to clean!

When I come home from an outing, all I want to do is kick back, relax and talk about what we did.

But no, if I didn’t get the house clean earlier - I gotta get it clean or the mess will drive me nuts.

Is this the way you feel too?

Why not consider hiring a house cleaning service? It can definitely make your life easier. If you’re a busy, on-the-go kind of person, then you know how important your spare time is. Hiring a professional to do your chores frees up that spare time, and gives you the relief that only a clean house can provide. It makes life just a little bit simpler!

How Maids Can Help You Out – Literally!

Maybe you have a self-imposed barrier against hiring someone to help with the household chores when you know you’re perfectly capable of doing them yourself.

Maybe you feel guilty and think it’s an indulgence or a luxury to have someone else cleaning your toilets.

But why should you feel guilty about hiring a maid service? By hiring a professional cleaner, you’re actually providing a job for someone else which, in turn, allows them to take care of their family.

Hiring a maid service allows you to have a little free time to get out of the house and have fun with your family.

How can a cleaning service help make your life easier?

1. You’ll be able to get out of the house to focus on other activities, like playing with children, running errands, or pursuing sports and hobbies.

2. If you have a busy schedule, paying someone else to clean your house takes one more thing off your to-do list.

3. You can prepare a holiday meal without the worry of having to get all the cleaning done too.

4. You can use the extra time you’ll have to relax and unwind.

5. When you come home from work or play, your house is clean.

6. A clean home is a more comfortable home.

A professional cleaning service makes it easier to keep your home in better shape, too:

1. You get a professional, high standard of cleaning from experienced house cleaners.

2. You can get a routine cleaning schedule at a time that works for you, meaning your home is cleaner more often.

Most cleaning service companies offer a 100% guaranteed cleaning. If something was missed or not done to your standards, they will come back out at no charge to you.

3. Your cleaning service can be customized to take care of all your needs.

Inviting a cleaning service into your home and your life is a blessing in disguise, allowing you to enjoy being at home and to get out for some fun time, rather than stressing out about cleaning it.

Now, instead of cleaning the bathtub when you get home, you can slip in for a much-needed soak.

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