10 Uses for Lemon Oil

Let’s say you want to start using oils, but it can be so overwhelming deciding what to use and how.  So, as Maria would say, “Let’s start at the very beginning…” with lemon oil.   This is the first oil that I started using regularly around my house.  It is one of the easiest to get started with.  But first what are a few things that lemon oil can help you out with.

Lemon oil is great for Detoxification, Concentration, Relaxation and is a Disinfectant.

10 uses for Lemon oil

How to Use Lemon Oil:

Some fun ways to sue it in daily life:

  1. Use 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces.
  2. Combine 2–3 drops of lemon essential oil with water in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces (I use mine everyday!)
  3. Place a drop of lemon essential oil on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.
  4. Soothe corns, calluses, or bunions by rubbing lemon essential oil on the affected area morning and evening.
  5. Massage lemon essential oil into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells.
  6. Add lemon essential oil to your morning tea or breakfast shake for a refreshing pick-me-up.
  7. Inhale lemon essential oil or place a few drops on a cotton ball to replenish your mind, body, and spirit.
  8. Add 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpet and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room.
  9. Add several drops of lemon essential oil to a chicken marinade for a delicious dinner.
  10. Place a few drops of your favorite citrus essential oil on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator to help eliminate odors.

Those are just a few ways to start using Lemon oil.

How to Clean a Bathroom Using Clorox Bleach

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How to Clean a Bathroom with Clorox Bleach

Cleaning can be fun, but sometimes when it is cleaning the bathroom it seems like a daunting chore. Even though the job might not be fun it can be easy and stress free by using Clorox Bleach products to ensure germs, mildew and messes are cleaned up. Let’s get to cleaning with our tips on how to clean a bathroom using Clorox Bleach.

Shower Curtains: Avoid mildew build up by washing shower curtains often. Vinyl and synthetic shower curtain liners can be washed in a washing machine with laundry detergent and Clorox bleach. This is a great way to avoid buying new shower curtain liners too often, yet keeps them fresh and free of mildew.

Bathroom Surfaces (Hard and Nonporous):  Use Clorox bleach to wipe down bathtubs, shower doors, tile and floors. Clorox Bleach kills mildew and mold. That kind of cleaning power will keep the bathroom disinfected and sparkling.

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Grout: Grout is one of the rough parts about tile. It gets dirty easily, but now there is a great way to keep grout looking nice and new. Grab a Clorox Bleach Gel Pen to remove those stubborn stains. Squeeze the pen and apply liberally to stains. Rub and rinse.

Sinks and Drains: Clean and disinfect sinks daily with Clorox Clean-up Cleaner plus Bleach. For drains in need of deodorizing, flush with water. Followed by pouring 3/4 cup of Clorox Bleach down the drain. To finish, flush with hot water for a couple of minutes.

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Toilets: Hate getting to close to the toilet? Try the Clorox ToiletWand to get a clean look from a distance. Throw away the mess and get a brand new cleaning head for the next cleaning. Or use Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner to freshen up the toilet after each flush. If you have time it is great to wipe the toilet with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Clorox Bleach or using Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with bleach. Don’t forget to wipe the the handle daily with Clorox Disinfecting wipes.

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Tubs & Showers: Get rid of all that soap scum in the bathtub or shower by spraying surfaces with Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner until the surfaces are wet. Allow the product to work for 10 minutes. Rinse! No scrubbing necessary.

In a hurry? Use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They are great for a quick clean up around the entire bathroom. Use on sinks, toilets, showers, sinks and other bathroom surfaces to kill germs.

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All in one Cleaner: To simplify bathroom cleaning use Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner. It works wonders on tubs, showers, floors, faucets, etc. To use simply spray on surfaces, allow the cleaner to penetrate dirt and soap scum. Wipe with a wet sponge or cloth and rinse with water.

What ways do you use Clorox Bleach to clean your bathroom?

Thanks to Clorox for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

 

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10 Great Uses for Clorox Bleach

If you read my other blog, Remodelaholic, you will know that we got a new (to us) house recently!  It is a huge fixer upper, and this has been our first BIG remodel project with kiddos.  It is throwing a bit of a loop into our normal remodeling plans.  We’ve got TONS of dirty little people cloths, there are a lot of scary dirty things in this new house, that go way beyond soap and water and finally there is some water damage which must be taken care of.

Anyway, the other day I was hanging out in our backyard with my cute neighbor.  We had just eaten dinner on the patio, and the ants, that apparently inhabit the entire concrete slab patio (eye roll), were all swarming looking for that one speck of lettuce that had fallen on the patio… literally there was one piece of lettuce on the patio and they were going CRAZY.  I wish I loved lettuce that much, but that is beside the point.

I wanted to get rid of them, but I had nothing to use, when my neighbor suggested bleach…  I hadn’t ever tried bleach as an ant killer before so it was worth a try.  I diluted the bleach by half with some water and poured it right into the cracks they inhabited… and waited.  Guess what, the next day, they were dead and gone!!

So it got me thinking, what other great uses are there for Clorox bleach?  So I did a little research!

10 Great Uses for Clorox Bleach

*I understand bleach isn’t needed for every mess!  When disinfecting isn’t needed, bleach my not be necessary.  I don’t recommend bleach for all cleaning needs, instead this article is for opening up consideration for all the ways to use beyond the laundry room.  Also, some additional uses of Clorox Regular-Bleach can be found here.

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1. Washing Whites:

When you are washing whites, use Clorox® Regular-Bleach for white and or bleachable items only.   Pre-fill you top loader with water add bleach first,  then clothes or use the washer’s bleach dispenser.

To get your clothes to be the whitest white that they can be (and they don’t have to be part of the army to do it!) In fact, 1 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach whitens 2X (times) as much as bargain bleach.  Read the care labels on the garments to be washed and wash them with half a cup of bleach in the hottest water that the garment allows for.

When using bleach always avoid these fabrics or materials: wool, silk, mohair, leather and Spandex. (We know how sad you would be if you lost those neon yellow spandex pants you wear around the house when you don’t think anyone knows!)

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2. White Slip Covers:

Since my passion is interior design, and how that relates to how a family life, I will admit I had to laugh when I read an article on my friend’s blog, about how she chose to buy white slipcovers ON PURPOSE while her kids were young.  I know right?  Sounds like a horror movie.  But actually she has a really good plan!!

Let the kids be kids, and bleach the slip covers when necessary (follow the basic principals listed above for washing whites).  Soon, your furniture will look so good everyone will think you are the mean mom on the block and be afraid to sit down…and all the other mom’s will be jealous! Sounds like it is time to makeover my living room (insert evil laugh here).

 

3. Clean Your Washing Machine:

I don’t think we would be comfortable eating in a kitchen where the cook never cleaned the sink, like ever.  Gross, can you imagine that?  No, cleaning out a sink is a regular thing.  Heck, we clean our sinks several times a day with each meal if we are cooking at home.  I do that and I am not even a clean freak.  But, I bet a lot of us neglect to think about cleaning our washing machine?  Am I right?  Gross!  I forget too, don’t feel judged!  Check out these posts for how to clean a front loader vrs how to clean a top loader machine.

And, if a thorough cleaning is not in the cards because of time, a periodic run through of a couple cups of Clorox bleach on the hottest temperature cycle (without any laundry) ought to keep your washer clean, disinfected, and smelling fresh between the more elaborate cleanings!

Tips for Public Laundromat:

If you are using a washer in a public laundromat, wash your white load with Clorox® Regular-Bleach first.  Clorox® Regular-Bleach disinfects 33% more than store brands.  You will instantly become a laundry washing, grime fighting super hero!  You’ll kill the germs in just a single wash of whites… and save the rest of your next loads from any unwanted germs!  Go you, I knew you’d grow up to be amazing!

Be sure to check out other great cleaning and laundry tips here.

 

 4. Clean Plastic Lawn Furniture:

Is your white plastic lawn furniture looking dingy? Using diluted bleach and water can also eliminate mold and mildew from your plastic lawn furniture and get it bright and white again. So, before you toss it to the curb, try washing it with some mild detergent mixed with 1/2 cup Clorox bleach in 1 gallon water. Rinse it clean with a garden hose, then air-dry in the sun!  (do not leave the bleach on for extended periods as that can cause yellowing!)

 

5. Shine White Porcelain:

Like I told you before I have a thing for interior design, and in my mind beautiful white porcelain farmhouse sinks, along with porcelain plates, bowls, and pitchers in a mix of shapes is one of the prettiest things you can display, hands down. Dirty, grimy white porcelain… not so much!

To Clean a Porcelain Sink:

  1. First scrub your sink to remove any dirt or grime.  Use a mild dish soap or dishwasher detergent and get to work.
  2. Spray a diluted bleach all over the sink.  And allow it to sit doing it’s thing for about 5 minutes, pretty soon any yellowing and general yuckiness with be gone!  Wipe down and rinse thoroughly.
  3. Now shine that sink with Bar Keepers Friend, to get it shining like the top of the Chrysler building (name that movie!)

To Clean Porcelain Dishes (not antiques!!!)

  1. In your kitchen sink, place the white dish you want to clean.
  2. Cover it with several paper towels and carefully saturate the paper towels with undiluted bleach.
  3. Let soak for 15 minutes to a half hour.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and the wipe dry with a clean towel.

Note: Do not try this with antiques; you can diminish their value or cause damage. Never use bleach on colored porcelain, because the color will fade.

6. Brighten Up Glass Dishware:

When washing glasswear, add a teaspoon of bleach to your soapy dishwater.  Wash like normal, be sure to rinse well, and dry with a soft towel. Watch as you put the sparkle back in your glasses!  You are a domestic goddesss!

 

7. Clean Mold and Mildew From Grout:

It is amazing what bleach can do for grout!  Mix three-quarters cup Clorox bleach with one gallon of water, and use an old tooth brush to scrub off the mildew.  You’ll be singing in the shower again in no time!

 

8. Sterilize Secondhand Items:

I am all for shopping around to get the best deal, but don’t forget, when you get something used, you REALLY don’t know where it has been. My recommendation, before jumping right in, take your used, waterproof items and soak them for 5-10 minutes in a solution containing 3/4 cup bleach, a few drops of antibacterial dish washing liquid, and 1 gallon warm water. Rinse well, then air-dry, preferably in sunlight.  Now you can feel good about loving that retro thingamajig you didn’t’ know you always wanted!  Or letting the kiddos try to eat that doll… well, not eat it but you know what I mean right?  Spit central!

 

9.Love Fresh Cut Flower’s Longer:

Easily extend the life of freshly cut flowers.  Just add one-quarter teaspoon of bleach for every quart of water used in your vase.  Awesome!

 

10. Make REALLY Cool T-shirts, Pants and Shoes:

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Those are such great uses for Clorox bleach! Don’t you agree!  And when you are done with your bleach bottle, there are TONS of uses for that, be sure to check them out.

**Thank you to Clorox® Bleach for sponsoring this post.  All thoughts, opinions and stories represented in this post are my own..   Clorox provides better value over the competition—one bottle disinfects 22x more bathtubs than store brand bleach.  Clorox® Regular-Bleach packs the whitening and dirt-fighting power you demand. Plus it disinfects to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria, which is kinda awesome.

 

The Golden Rules of Interior Design

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Are you struggling to make your space your own and don’t know which direction to go? Terrys Blinds has compiled key rules used by design experts from around the world into this useful infographic!

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Special thanks to Terrys Blinds for sharing their Golden Rules of Interior Design with our readers!

How to Clean a Front Loader Washing Machine

Sometimes, as a mom, I feel like a laundromat.  it is like a never ending cycle of fluff and fold!  And because I am ALWAYS doing laundry I don’t always think about the washing machine itself!  However like any other machine or tool in your home there is always some maintenance and cleaning required.  But I bet a lot of us neglect to think about cleaning our washing machine?  Am I right?  Gross!  I do it too, don’t feel judged!

I thought is would be nice to have a quick tutorial on how to clean a top loader washing machine!

Clean Your Washing Machine:

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How to Clean a Front loader Washing Machine:

  1. To begin fill your front loader washing machine with hot water on the largest load setting. This will be a laundry free load, so no sneaking dirties in that machine!
  2. Add 2 cups of vinegar to the water to get rid of odor problems and hard water or mineral buildup.  Allow the cycle to complete.
  3. Mix a bucket with a mix of 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon hot water.  Grab some good rubber gloves and a washcloth.  Wipe the interior glass door of your machine to remove any build up.
  4. Check the drainage line/filter in your machine.  Drain any excess liquid and clean the lower filter (if your machine has one)
  5. Fill the washer a second time with hot water, also on the largest load setting.
  6. Add 2 cups of bleach to the water to remove stains and disinfect the machine.  Allow the cycle to complete.
  7. To rinse any remaining residue, run a quick cycle with no additional cleaning supplies.
  8. Remove and clean the liquid soap, bleach, fabric softener dispenser.  Allow them to soak in a mixture of mild detergent and hot water for approximately 10 minutes.  Wipe away any grime with a washcloth, rinse and dry them.  Return them to your machine.
  9. Clean the rubber door seal, using the bucket of diluted bleach and washcloth from before, wipe down the seal to remove any mold and mildew.  Allow the solution to stay on the seal for approximately 5 minutes.   Wipe with a clean wet washcloth and dry with a towel.
  10. DONE!

Now guard that baby fiercely… no unclean thing will ever go near it again.  I kid, there is another load of dirty laundry waiting to be washed as we speak.  I can guarantee it, if not now, just wait 24 hours.  You cup over floweth, or is that the laundry basket I’m talking about?!

Do you need instructions for cleaning a top loading machine, here they are!

How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine

Sometimes, as a mom, I feel like a laundromat.  it is like a never ending cycle of fluff and fold!  And because I am ALWAYS doing laundry I don’t always think about the washing machine itself, however like any other machine or tool in your home there is always some maintenance and cleaning required.  But I bet a lot of us neglect to think about cleaning our washing machine?  Am I right?  Gross!  I do it too, don’t feel judged!

I thought is would be nice to have a quick tutorial on how to clean a top loader washing machine!

Clean Your Washing Machine!

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How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine:

  1. Fill the washer with HOT water and add 1 quart distilled white vinegar, to break up buildup and mineral deposits.  Let agitate for about 3 minutes.  Then stop the cycle and set a timer for 1 hour, while it soaks.
  2. While the vinegar soaking, dip a scrubber sponge in the vinegar water and wipe all the nooks and crannies of your washer.  Don’t forget the knobs, lid and the exterior.  Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  3. Clean and scrub any built in dispensers while it is soaking.
  4. Turn you cycle back on and run through a complete cycle.
  5. Again, fill the washer with HOT water. Add 1 quart of chlorine bleach to the water to disinfect and let the machine agitate for about 3 minutes, Then stop the cycle and set a timer for 1 hour, while it soaks.  Turn you cycle back on and run through a complete cycle.
  6. Run one last short cycle without any cleaners to remove any residual cleaners.
  7. Done!

Enjoy, for the five minutes that the machine can stay out of use!

Do you need instructions for cleaning a front loading machine, here they are!

Storage Tips: How To Store Everything

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This handy infographic from Next Door Self Storage provides storage tips for movers about storing their belongings both short and long term. So useful!

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Interior Design by Decade Infographic

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Enjoy a visual look at the history of interior design with this beautiful infographic from Harvey Water Softeners!

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A look back at Interior Design by Decade has been produced by Harvey Water Softeners. Thanks for sharing!

6 Tips to Keep BBQ Fare from becoming a Dieter’s Nightmare

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This summer, don’t let the BBQ become your diet downfall. Even the healthiest of eaters can be overwhelmed by the array of dips and fixings at a typical summer bash. Here are six simple ways to combat the BBQ bulge!

1. Skip the chips

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Salty, crispy, grab-able snacks such as chips, pretzels and snack mixes are everywhere at summer social gatherings. To counter the temptations, fill up the buffet tables with healthier foods with a crunch like salty kale chips or strips of bell peppers to dip in spicy hummus, guacamole, or sour cream. Produce such as broccoli florets, carrots, jicama, cherry tomatoes and baby cucumbers also make great snacks.

2. H2O isn’t just for the pool

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Juice, sodas and sweetened teas are often made with high-fructose corn syrup and may contain brominated vegetable oil, which can wreak havoc on our bodies. Instead, pack coolers with sparkling mineral water, unsweetened tea, or offer a water cooler filled with chilled cucumber – mint or berry/citrus-infused water.

3. Banish the bun

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Despite the fact that bread products raise blood sugar as quickly and as much as eating two tablespoons of pure sugar, we still seem to fill these picnic staples with anything we can throw on the grill. Try going bun-less by eating with a fork and knife to slow down your eating. Use a lettuce-wrap approach to put some color into your meal or toss your grilled goods on top of a plate of hearty salad greens.

4. Eat your hot dog naked

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Most condiments are packed with unsavory additives to enhance flavor, shelf life, texture, or appearance. Season with fresh or dried herbs and seasonings and try dry rubs for chicken and ribs, pack some fresh herbs and spices into your grass-fed burger patties, or marinate your poultry or seafood with olive oil, citrus, and herbs before searing them on the grill. Fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or hearty mustard are great toppings for your bun-less burger, chicken, or brats.

5. Make faux salads a faux pas

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Potato salads, macaroni salad and pasta salad do not offer our bodies any true nourishment. Replacing these sides with some roasted vegetable salads or crisp, lightly-dressed coleslaw or use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream when making your own side dishes.

6. Don’t chase the ice cream man

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Popular summer desserts such as gelatin and colorful ice pops include artificial coloring agents that could just as easily dye our hair, clothing, or crafts. Instead, choose to naturally sweeten up your party with fruit kabobs, frozen berries with heavy cream, or homemade real-fruit popsicles.

 

Special thanks to Life Time Fitness and registered dietician Laura Burbank for submitting these helpful tips.

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The Complete Curtain Cheat Sheet Infographic

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This amazing infographic is the perfect resource if you are choosing curtains for your home. This complete curtain cheat sheet has all the information you could possibly need, including tips about fabric and hardware.

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Infographic courtesy of Chais Lund.

15 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

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Most garage designs offer around 500 square feet of space. Not unlike many homeowners, you have most likely faced obstacles when it comes to keeping this large storage space under control and organized.

You may not be able to work a professional organizer into your budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a garage with complete organization systems. Here are 15 tips to organize your garage from the ground up!

 

1. Create a showroom-style garage, starting with new garage flooring.

If you aren’t completely confident that you can do the installation yourself or you are too busy to complete new flooring yourself, hiring a professional is the route to go!

New innovative garage floor materials are much more maintainable than traditional concrete flooring and easier to clean.

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2. Use your lids!

Keep your nuts, bolts, screws and other small objects organized and within easy reach. Install plastic lids to the bottom of a shelf, then just screw the jars on and off for easy access.

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3. Clear view makes it easy for you.

What!? You don’t have x-ray vision?! Clear labeled tubs (like those below, from Frazzled Joy) can solve your searching problem quick! Use this calculator to check your garage measurements.

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4. Stretch, hook and voila! Instant storage!

Stretch bungee cords from the floor to 2x4s attached to the wall to make a frame and store all your sports equipment!

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5. Upcycle your gutters for garage organization!

Old gutters can be recycled into a garage storage solution! Install them up high in the garage to hold spray paint and cleaning products to keep out of reach of the kids. (Here are more tips to organize a house if you have kids.)

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6. Closed doors can keep your belongings safe and out of sight!

Custom garage companies can install floating garage cabinets that are easy to clean underneath and protect your belongings from pests and water damage. If you decide to install the cabinets yourself, remember to provide a strong anchor, so you can protect from a possible fall!

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7. Pegboards can hold a plethora of items!

Utilize a pegboard to store your hand tools on the wall and off the garage floor! You can install a single pegboard or you can get innovative and make pegboard pages for multiple storage solutions! What a great use of space! Find more cool pegboard ideas here!

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8. Don’t walk under an open ladder or prop it against the wall.

A ladder propped up against a wall is not safe storage. The ladder can fall and cause injury or property damage. As an alternative way to store your ladder, suspend it on sturdy hooks that are part of a wall attachment system or hang it from your ceiling!

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9.Off the floor and on the wall seating.

Okay, so you can’t actually sit on the wall, but you can hang up your folding chairs, lawn chairs, etc. on the wall! You most likely have extra chairs stuffed in the corner of your garage. With a magnetic strip you can attach to the wall, chairs are easy to hang up and pull down when you need them!

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10. Hang a magnetic strip.

Keep tiny items in place with a magnetic wall strip. You can hang it horizontally or vertically, depending on your storage needs.

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11. Everything has a place and there is a place for everything!

Find the exact place you want your tools and trace around the outer edges. This will help keep you and anyone working in the garage organized by reminding you where to put tools away.

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12. Are you a biker? You need a bike rack!

Overhead bike racks are stylish, functional and sturdy so you can keep your bike hanging high and off the garage floor! Utilizing a bike storage rack is a fantastic way to remind yourself to hop on and cruise!
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13. Keep your chin up.

Overhead storage is another great way to make the most of your garage’s available space. Take a look at this system for attaching bins to the ceiling.

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14. Get on a roll with this unique trick.

Put up a simple paper towel holder, and your bags will be where you need them every time.

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15. Get it all off the floor.

Don’t risk ruining your pristine chip flooring. Get your items off the floor with garage wall racks!

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Don’t set limits upon your garage storage. From floor to ceiling, you have plenty of options to achieve complete organization. Just get creative! Check out some more DIY ideas for the garage here.

Here are more helpful resources for organizing your garage:

 

Special thanks to Arizona Garage Design for submitting this article. 

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6 Tips to Save Money on Your Energy Bill

6 Tips to Save Money on Your Energy Bill | Tipsaholic.com #energy #home #heating #cooling #solutions #green

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Summer’s here and with that comes all of its byproducts…pool parties, running through the sprinklers…but with that comes one other thing as well: ­the HEAT!

It’s worse in some places than others, but where I’m from (the Sunshine State, of course!) it can get amazingly hot in the summer time, and it’s been a chore just to find ways to stay cool during the heat.

So in light of this, I decided to compile together a list of six of the best ways to save money on your energy bill this summer. And hey—who knows—this might just save you a few hundred bucks!

I found a lot of this info out through simple hard work, but a lot of these were found by friends and a little “Google Searching” 😉 so hopefully you get as much use out of this list as I did when I was wrestling with my A/C during the “summertime madness.”

 

1. Use your ceiling fan as long as possible

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Ah yes, the ceiling fan. This thing has been my savior over the last few years. I think the great thing about using your fan is that it’s going to dramatically extend the number of days you can keep your windows open throughout your home, and this will save you a ton. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy,running your A/C and heating unit can account for as much as fifty­ percent of your utility bill each and every month. Plus, believe it or not, using a ceiling fan will actually help keep your home WARM in the winter months as well!

Switching over to my fan was huge and I understand that sometimes you’re going to have to turn your A/C on, but even reducing your cooling usage by one hour can cause huge ripple effects on your energy bill and slash your bills for good.

 

2. Use energy efficient bulbs

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This is one that honestly not nearly enough people are doing, and there’s a HUGE reason to switch over to LED (preferred) or CFL bulbs, so I’ll try to summarize the main ones here.

Personally, I’d recommend switching to LED bulbs, which are, in some cases, up to 10 times more effective than traditional incandescents. Here’s why:

  • They’re a whole lot cheaper in the long run than regular bulbs and, in some cases, can be as much as 10 times more energy efficient than incandescents.
  • They are extremely durable , much more so than traditionals and nowadays you can find them at most home-improvement stores for under $10. You really can’t beat that for a light bulb that will probably outlast you.
  • These guys will save you up to a hundred bucks a year (or MORE) depending on your energy usage, so shop accordingly!

3. Do a nightly “energy sweep”

This is a big one that really saved me a lot each month, and just getting into this nightly habit has really helped me realize just how much energy I was wasting each and every night and in some cases while I was even sleeping!

One of the best ways to do this is to either mentally or physically create a checklist with all the main ways you’re spending money every night. For me, I was always leaving fans and lights on throughout the house and even something as simple as forgetting to turn off the living room fan can cost you big.

Did you know it costs around 40 bucks to run a large ceiling fan on high for a whole year? Imagine if you did this kind of math with your whole house? Easy to see how it starts to pile up, isn’t it?

 

4. Seal the cracks

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This was another killer and has completely altered my views on home heating and cooling even to this day. I was living in a nice old traditional home in Tennessee and, although I loved it,  it really had a lot of cracks and gaps throughout the windows and doors (it was about 50­-60 years old, I believe) that were absolutely killing my energy costs every month.

There’s a lot of different ways you can seal your home, but for me I found expandable caulk and sealant to be particularly effective when sealing windows. Investing in something like an “air seal” or “weather stripping” for your doors will pay off in spades in the long run as well.

 

5. Consider insulating your attic

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Now I know what you’re thinking: I understand what you’re saying, but why would I do THAT?!

There are many reasons:

According to the US Department of Energy, most of the energy/heat in your home escapes through the attic, and there’s a wide variety of different insulations and sealants you can get, so there’s really no reason not to! And I know this is probably not how you were expecting to spend your summer weekend (if you’ve got a husband, definitely get him to do this one) but you’re going to really be saving a bundle each and every month that your attic is insulated.

Furthermore, this not only helps a lot during the winter time, but it works surprisingly well in the warmer summer months as well. Because most of the heat in your home is going to rise through the ceilings and out the house, the attic is a great place to nip it in the bud and ensure that you’re home stays sealed.

 

6. Paint it white!

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I decidedly left this last on the list because there’s a little bit of controversy surrounding this, but let me explain.

The idea is simple: painting your roof white as opposed to tar black helps reflect sunlight back into the atmosphere, thereby effectively eliminating much of the heat that enters your home in the first place. Seem simple enough?

Well it actually is! And although it’s up in the air whether or not painting your roof white will pay nature a favor, YOU will definitely be eliminating a lot of the heat that enters your home in the summer.

A word to the wise though:­ if you do end up undertaking this kind of endeavor, do your research first! Google is a great place for this and a quick search will immediately illuminate the specifics of what type of paint to use and how much (and yes, there is a BIG  difference).

I’ve never done this one before so I can’t speak from personal experience, but the GacoRoof paint pictured above is the best product out there for this kind of project, so definitely go with something like that.

This is kind of the “all­out” approach for slashing energy costs and although it may seem a little far fetched many people have had great results using this stuff…your call!

 

At the end of the day…

To recap, there are a LOT of ways we’re wasting money every month with our cooling and heating costs, and there’s no reason to just let that money go down the drain. Hopefully this list opened your eyes to at least a few different ways you can save money on your energy bills each month!

 

Special thanks to HomeTradie for submitting this article! HomeTradie specializes in Home Improvement advice and has several region specific blogs based in the Central Florida Area.

Featured image courtesy of Consumer Reports.

4 Moving Tips to Ease Your Stress

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Moving has many stressful aspects. There are the big changes of moving to a new location and the many small details of the moving process. Here are four moving tips you can do to make your move go more smoothly and to eliminate some of the stress.

 

Keep a Notebook

Keep track of your move by having all the details in one place. Being organized is one of the best ways to stay calm and keep on top of things.

Purchase an organizer with pockets for loose papers and multiple section dividers. Make daily records of what you’ve accomplished, and keep lists of what you still need to do. You can use the pockets for receipts, business cards, and even swatches of fabric for the new house.

 

Pack a Travel Bag

Before you box everything up, set aside three days worth of clothes, toiletries and other essentials. Pack these separately. Have a bag for every member of the family. You can do this for kitchen items and food as well.

This way, when you arrive at your new destination, you have a few things to “camp out” with. Whether you are moving yourself or hiring a mover, this saves you having to search through boxes before you spend your first night in your new home.

 

Rent a Temporary Storage Unit

As you go from room to room, you will find big items of furniture and many smaller possessions to pack. Again, organizing will make the process less stressful.

It can be very helpful to rent a storage unit near your home for large items that are hard to move or may need to be moved on a second trip. You can also use the storage unit to hold already packed boxes and to give you more room to deal with what’s left. Finally, you can use the unit to store items you don’t have a place for right away. The items will be held safely until you are ready to retrieve them. Yellowhead Self Storage a company that does self-storage in Edmonton has said that storage units come in all shapes and sizes. There should be an option that suits your needs.

 

Give Yourself a Break

Even though it seems there isn’t enough time to get everything done, make a pact with yourself to take occasional breaks and stick to it. Go for a walk through the neighborhood. Take the kids to a family movie for a treat. Make a cup of tea, put your feet up and call a friend.

Keeping organized and allowing yourself extra time and space for the move will give you more energy and less stress.

 

Special thanks to guest, Chaleigh Glass, for submitting this article. Chaleigh is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She writes about anything from Home Redecoration to how spice up your love life. In her free time she enjoys golf, snowboarding, and photography.

25 Great Hot Chocolate Recipes

Hot chocolate is such a nice treat on a cold winter day!  These 25 fabulous hot chocolate recipes will keep you coming back for more for years to come!!

25 Great hot Chocolate Recipes To Try!

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Great HOT Chocolate Recipes!

25 great hot chocolate recipes

  1. Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Recipe
  2. Thick Italian Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  3. Oreo Hot Cocoa Recipe 
  4. Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Recipe
  5. Hot Chocolate Floats Recipe
  6. Mexican Hot Chocolate with Dulce De Leche Recipe
  7. Raspberry White Hot Chocolate Recipe
  8. Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  9. Green Mint Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  10. Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe
  11. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  12. S’mores Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  13. Hot Chocolate Spoons Recipe 
  14. Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate Recipe
  15. Malt Ball Hot Chocolate Recipe
  16. Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe
  17. Lavender Hot Chocolate Recipe
  18. Hot Malted Vanilla Recipe
  19. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe
  20.  Spicy Maple Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Recipe
  21. Vanilla Bean white Hot Chocolate
  22. Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Recipe
  23. Toasted Marshmallow Cream Hot Chocolate
  24. Belgian Hot Chocolate Recipe
  25. Pink Valentine’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

 What is your favorite hot chocolate recipe?