Tuesday, March 24, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
One that seems to skip everyone’s mind? The vacuum cleaner.
By: Amy Howell Hirt
No matter how hard you try, it's easy to overlook some spots when you spring clean — because you're blind to what you see and use every day in your own home.
So before you say you're done with your spring cleaning, check to see if you missed any of these tasks:
#1 Clean and Inspect Your Vacuum
A clogged and dirty vacuum can undo any cleaning you've done the minute you switch it on. Blame it on that stinky odor that only vacuums seem to emit.
Best to clean it first:
Change the bag and wipe down the bag's holder or empty and thoroughly wash the bagless container with a soapy damp rag.
Wipe down the entire vacuum.
Pull debris from the vacuum's brushes and wipe out the underside as much as you can.
Change the filter.
Inspect the hose for holes.
This goes for your wet/dry vacuum, and handheld one, too, if you have them.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
A bleach solution or rubbing alcohol is your best bet for keeping your home sanitized.
By: Christina Hoffman
There’s everyday clean, guest clean, and then there’s COVID-19 clean.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, literally, and focus on how to disinfect your home. To combat this virus, you’ll want your big guns: bleach, rubbing alcohol, and hot water.
The Best Disinfectants
For your high-touch surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control recommends a bleach solution diluted with water, or a 70% alcohol solution.
Follow this bleach recipe: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.
Make sure to properly ventilate when disinfecting with bleach.
And check to see if your bleach has expired. Who knew it could? After about 9 months to a year, and if it smells less bleachy, it’s lost its disinfecting power. Time for a new jug.
Tip: Don’t mix bleach with anything ...
Friday, March 6, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
A little shelf here, a big shelf there. You'd be surprised where they can fit.
By: Stacey Freed
Finally, you get to take that beach vacation in the dead of winter. But where is your beach towel?!? You know it's somewhere in that linen closet, but (sigh) it's so crammed you can't find it.
One of these days, you're going to have to figure out how to get more storage space so you can find this seasonal stuff faster. But the last thing you want to do is go out and buy more stuff to put more stuff in.
There's a better way — shelves. Not the bookshelf kind (they only take up floor space), but shelves you can incorporate into your home's architecture for an interesting, personalized look that also solves nagging storage issues.
Here are five unexpected places shelves can boost your home's storage and personality:
#1 Over the Bathroom Door
Seems like your bathroom can never have enough storage, especially for that recurring avalanche of towels in your itty-bit ...
Friday, February 21, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
Here’s how to get creative. But understand the ins and outs to make the right decision for you.
By: MARY BETH STORJOHANN
You’ve done your research. Interest rates are low, and you know the exact area you want to buy your future home in and the details you desire down to the type of flooring in the kitchen. Now the only thing standing between you and a seat at the offer table is figuring out how you’re going to come up with a reasonable down payment.
Aside from going the traditional route of saving slowly and consistently over time to reach your savings goal, consider these other creative options for funding your down payment:
#1 Negotiate a Pay Raise
If you’re not comfortable asking for what you want, now’s the time to learn. Research comparable pay for your position, create a list of your accomplishments and the value you’ve added to your company, and schedule a sit down with your boss to discuss compensation.
Tack o ...
Friday, February 7, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
Don’t open the windows. That spring breeze is no help at all.
By: Jamie Weibe
Once there's even a glimmer of spring, you're ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the winter funk. Well, you might want to rethink that spring cleaning ritual this year.
If you're an allergy sufferer (and who isn't?), that's the last thing you want to do, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "It will allow pollen to settle in your home."
If you really can't skip that spring breeze, avoid opening them in the morning, pollen counts are highest in the morning; they decrease late in the day and at night.
And that's not the only common spring-cleaning mistake homeowners make. Here are eight more to avoid:
#1 Not Looking Up
You've worked up a sweat and everything's starting to sparkle, but then you realize your ceiling fan is coated in dust. Uh, oh. Once you start wiping the fan, dust will scatter on what ...