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An empty house denotes no meaning. It shows no distinction. It does not recognize the individuality of the homeowner. Thus, pieces of furniture have become a necessity in any house. Furniture comes in different types. Some opt for glass-made furniture while others opt for furniture with wood surfaces.

If you have wood surfaced pieces of furniture at home, it is important to take extra care of it since wood entails extra special care compared to non-wood home furnishings. Thus, cleaning is an important measure in order for you to take good care of your things. Onlycanistervacuum has prepared some helpful cleaning tips that may be handy:

Identify the type of wood finish
Wood finishes come in different types. It varies from hard to soft finishes. Some comes in clear or painted finishes. Proper identification of the type of wood finishes will help you recognize appropriate cleaning methods.
Observe regular dusting

For all types of wood finishes, it is a must to observe regular dusting. You can use a clean, fur-free permeable cloth for dusting. Dusting should be done more than a few times a week. As a result, you suspend fast accumulation of soil and other dirt on the surface.

Protect it from direct heat of the sun
The pieces of furniture you have should be displayed in areas where it cannot be reached by the direct heat of the sun. Too much heat from the sun will make your wood furnishings dried out. On extreme cases, it can remove the color of the wood.

If however, your home furnishings have been exposed to sunlight and is susceptible to drying up, it is recommended for you to use a dehumidifier or humidifier. It helps to keep the wood surfaces from drying up.
Use protective materials

There are accidental circumstances that make you scratch your wood furniture. Hence to avoid it, it is important to use protective felt. Use tablecloth runners on wood surfaces such as a nightstand or middle tables. On the other hand, use appropriate plates for items being placed on wood surfaces. Coasters are used for glasses while vase plates are used for flower vases or indoor plants.

Polish it for further protection
To polish wood surfaces is a good cleaning measure to attain optimum protection for your home furnishings. You can use natural or commercial polishing materials. You can use linseed oil and turpentine as ingredients for polishing materials. For commercial uses, there are a lot of polishing materials sold on specialty stores.

 

 

Wash your wood furnishings
One important cleaning tip for furniture is annually washing your wood furnishings. Mild soap and water should be used as washing solution. Use a soft cloth as your washing gadget. It is a must to immediately dry your wood furnishings right after you wash them. This is done in order to prevent moisture build-up.
Watch out for damage

Cleaning is the best time to spot pieces of wood furniture that has damage. Early detection of damage can save you from major repairs or the possibility of abandoning important items in your home.
A house is a good place to stay if it is equipped with useful and well-taken cared home furnishings especially home materials made up of wood.

Hence, it is important that after you purchase such items, you are also knowledgeable on how to preserve it.

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Dollar Store, Take It or Leave It

February 19th, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Cleaning | Health - (Comments Off on Dollar Store, Take It or Leave It)
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The Dollar Store, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores are found close to most neighborhoods. All offer a great variety of merchandise at low prices.

They are able to sell overstocks, seasonal merchandise , discontinued items, and merchandise, Some items are manufactured for their stores.

 

Before we dive into specific items; watch for coupons to increase savings. So, if you shop carefully, you can score some items of value while saving money. However. Sometimes for just a few cents more, you may get a higher quality item from Wal-Mart or Target.

Products there still fall under Federal guidelines and safety and manufacturing regulations

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Let’s begin with items that are good values at the Dollar Store The first item is fresh bread. They get deliveries daily. If you shop earlier in the day you’ll find it there.  These items are a staple in many homes.

Frozen and refrigerated foods are valuable items. While this item is your best bet, canned soups, chips, nuts, and snack foods are worth checking out.

 

Baby items are value priced. Since baby food has an expiration date, watch the expiration dates. In addition.buy baby wipes and baby diapers here, These items don’t expire, so you can stock up.

 

Next is the paper products aisle you will find an array of value-priced selection of items. It is hard to go wrong with paper towels and napkins.
Plastic baggies are low-priced too.

Close to this, is the pet section, Pet food, toys, and collars are low-priced things to look for, We are always stopping by to pick up cat treats, which our cat loves.

Paper goods, like moving supplies, and tape, labels, and packing, materials
Are low-priced bargains found at the Dollar Store? Close to this area, you will find various craft supplies. The selection changes with the season. Office and mailing supplies are close to this area.

Next, moving on to the pharmacy aisle there are bandages, tape, gauze and some cold medicines, and pregnancy test kits, These are often reduced in price. Most of these items are overstocks or discontinued items. Perfect for stocking a first aid or travel kits. In this area, you will find a variety of personal care items along with cosmetic items. Often you may find the same items found at Target or Wal-Mart, Once again, don’t forget to check your coupons,

That concludes our Dollar Store tour of “must have” items.  The Dollar Store, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores are found close to most neighborhoods. All offer a great variety of merchandise at low prices. They are able to sell overstocks, seasonal merchandise discontinued items, and merchandise, Some items are manufactured for their stores. Before we dive into specific items; watch for coupons to increase savings. So, if you shop carefully, you can score some items of value while saving money. However. Sometimes for just a few cents more, you may get a higher quality item from Wal-Mart or Target.
Products there still fall under Federal guidelines and safety and manufacturing regulations.

 

 

That concludes our Dollar Store tour of “must have” items. However, there are things you should avoid here. Let’s explore those,

Now we discuss a few items that can be found cheaper elsewhere, don’t last, too fragile, or dangerous to small children.,

Be extra cautious with Dollar Store toys. Your child may be clamoring for toys while you are shopping, but beware of small parts, and cheaply made plastic items. Also, unless labeled otherwise, these toys should not be put in the mouth. Many are simply not worth a dollar.

While we are concerned about cheaply made plastics, do not buy kitchen tools here. They break, melt easily and could cause an accidental kitchen spill. They may cost a little more at other stores, but you get what you pay for. Be careful buying any type container or serving pieces too.

Unless they are labeled as food safe, I would avoid them. Don’t buy knives
Or tools here. The knives are dull and tools may snap in two when force is applied. These are also items best bought elsewhere for safety reasons.

Electronics are not warranted here, Many are refurbished items or packages that have been opened. Chargers tend to peel apart and cords fray quickly. Cell phone cases are of poor quality and break easily. This leads us to batteries. They do not last very long and are not dated so you have no idea of quality being sold. I would purchase a name brand battery for a little more money anytime.

With the cleaning products, you will often see spray bottles for a dollar. It’s like the old saying that if something seems to be too good to be true, it usually is. These spray bottles leak and are easily discolored by fluids. I don’t trust them and therefore avoid them.

Which brings me to another popular children’s item, crayons. These off-brand crayons don’t mark well on paper. They break easily and sometimes they quit marking altogether. Results in a disappointed child. Stick to Crayola brand because they never have these defects,

The final thing I refuse to buy at Dollar Tree is chocolate candy. If it has been in a see-thru bag, you might be okay. However, if the bag is covered you can’t be sure of product freshness, or the condition of the interior candy. Without viewing the product you will not know if it has been squashed in transit, Call me picky, but I just don’t buy it.

Baking Soda For Cleaning Your Home

October 15th, 2016 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Cleaning - (Comments Off on Baking Soda For Cleaning Your Home)

Save money with baking soda to clean your home

Save money with baking soda to clean your home

Save money with baking soda to clean your home

Baking Soda for a Clean Home.

ommercial products contain a host of chemicals
which will be breathed in long after they have been used to clean our homes. They are a source of hormone imbalance, in addition to causing pollution outdoors. But replacing store bought cleaners with natural products keeps homes dust free, and a healthy place to raise our families.

Acid All Purpose Cleaner. ¼ cup lemon juice. 1 teaspoon essential oil. 1 teaspoon liquid soap. 1 cup hot water. 10 drops juniper essential oil Use for more difficult, or hard dirt

laundry detergent. 1 cup Baking Soda,1 cup Borax, 2 bars castile soap, 16 drops tea tree oil. Mix all 1ngredients together

Stain Remover. s ¼ cup Baking Soda, ½ cup dish washing soap, 1 cup peroxide. Mix well Work into stains with an old tooth brush.

Tile Cleaner.
1 cup Baking Soda, 1 cup dishwashing soap, 10 drops grapefruit essential oil, 8 drops rosemary essential oil. Blend together. Use an old toothbrush to apply. Rinse for a streak free shine

Silver Polish. ½ cup Baking Soda, 2 cups hot water, ½ cup essential oil Mix together. Let silver soak. Rub clean with a soft cloth

All Purpose Cleaner. 2 1/2 cups hot water, 2 ½ teaspoons Borax, 1 teaspoon essential oil, 1 teaspoon liquid soap. 10 drops peppermint essential Oil, 6 drops Orange essential oil. Mix and put in a spray bottle. Shake well. Use to clean any kind of dirt you find around the home.

Gardening. Add a few teaspoons baking soda to water before watering plants. It keeps them green and healthy.

Baking Soda keeps slugs away from outdoor plants. Just sprinkle around the plants.
It is particularly good for roses. They thrive on added magnesium . A few teaspoons of Baking soda should be sprinkled weekly. Baking Soda should be mixed with soil to condition and prepare it for new plants. This helps the plants grow more quickly.

Cat box deodorizer. Sprinkle. Over dry litter to minimize odor.

Shoe deodorizer. Sprinkle baking soda in shoes and let set until next wearing. Empty soda. Makes shoes odor free with no lingering odors.

Jewelry cleaner. . 3 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 1 cup water. Rub with a soft cloth to clean and shine jewelry.

Furniture polish. 4 tablespoons olive oil, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons baking soda. Mix well.

Septic system. 1 cup baking soda every week helps activate and maintain good PH levels.

Bathroom cleaning. 1/8 cup Kosher salt, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax. Blend well and apply with a damp sponge

Tub & tile cleaner. 1 cup castile soap, 1 cup water, 4 tablespoons vinegar, 1/3 cup baking soda. Shake mixture into a damp sponge and rub in a circular motion.

Mildew paste. Equal parts of borax and vinegar in a spray bottle. Leave on for an hour. Rinse with cold water.

Shower spray. 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons vinegar, few drops essential oil. Spray down shower walls. Helps keep down soap scum and rust.

Rust & scale. ½ citrus fruit of your choice. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and rub scale deposits with fruit to loosen it. Now wipe with a sponge soaked in water.

Grout cleaner clean off with 50% water and 50%. Vinegar. Make a paste of baking soda and water to scrub grout lines with a soft, old toothbrush.

Kitchen Cleaners Using Baking Soda

October 11th, 2016 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Cleaning - (Comments Off on Kitchen Cleaners Using Baking Soda)

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Baking Soda Beauty Secrets

October 6th, 2016 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Cleaning - (Comments Off on Baking Soda Beauty Secrets)

Beautiful skin with baking soda treatment

shampoo 1 cup water 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 4 drops citrus essential oil Mix together, cleans hair beautifully and controls oil without added toxins ,teaspoons arrow root

Shaving Cream 2 1/2 tFoot Whitener 1/2 cup baking soda to a foot tub. Allow whitener to soak.

Coconut Oil Deodoranstrong>t 6 tablespoons coconut oil 1/4 cup arrowroot few drops essential oil Mix together and mash with a fork until well blended.

heaS butter Deodorant 1 tablespoon coconut oil 3 and use it tablespoons baking soda, 2 tablespoons shea butte, few drops essential oil Melt oil and butter together. Add in dry ingredients. Store in a cool, dry place.

Skin Scrub  class= baking soda, salt, olive oil Make a paste and use it as a facial scrub. Leaves skin and shiny and moisturized

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