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Why use dryer balls?

It might sound like a stupid idea, but switching over to dryer balls won’t just save you time and money, but they’ll also help protect the environment.

Dryer balls are made out of yarn and can be either homemade or bought for very little money. There are so many advantages to them.  They get rid of pet hair and lint.  They reduce static and wrinkles on your clothes.  They make the use of dryer sheets unnecessary.

As a result you don’t have to worry about skin rashes or allergic reactions, which can often be provoked from the harsh chemicals these dryer sheets leave behind.  They’re great for the planet, so you can feel good about making your home living space greener.

And, finally, they’ll save you money too.  Whether you make them yourself or invest in a few, you’ll notice the cost difference!  So put a few in your tumble dryer on your next wash and give yourself a pleasant surprise!

Christmas Cleaning Tips – 2010

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year – but it can also be pretty stressful. And if you’ve got family or friends visiting, you’ll probably be anxious to make sure that your home looks as clean and tidy as possible, Here are a five small tips to help you prepare, and make sure that by the time your doorbell rings everything is looking just as you want it to…

  • Make a list of what needs to be done – you can cross items off bit by bit and you will be less distracted throughout the day.
  • Try and de-clutter before you start cleaning, tidying away miscellaneous papers and bills. You don’t have to sort them out or file them away – just put them to one side, in a safe place.
  • Start cleaning at the top of the house (e.g. ceilings, where dust gathers) and work your way down, cleaning the floor last of all.
  • Dust off and wipe down your doormats, so that when your guests arrive the dirt and grime from outside don’t make it into your home.
  • Listen to some Christmas music whilst you’re working – it will make time pass and remind you of the purpose of the work!

Happy Holidays!

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie

It’s a staple for every table – yes, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a sweet and succulent pumpkin pie.  Delight your family and friends with this quick and easy recipe, and have a very happy holiday.

Ingredients:

1 9-inch pie crust

3 cups pureed cooked pumpkin
1 1/4 cups condensed milk
3/4 cup egg whites, whipped
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix the sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl, mix the pumpkin, milk, and vanilla.  Fold in the whisked egg whites.  Stir the mixture until smooth then combine it with the sugar and spices.
  4. Pour the completed mixture into the pie crust then bake for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is set and the crust is golden.

Leave to cool and then serve.  Delicious!

Fringe Cleaning an Oriental Rug

Fringe cleaning is a vital step when cleaning an Oriental rug.  If done improperly, it can ruin the whole appearance of your special piece.  So when choosing a company to do the job, don’t forget to ask all the necessary questions and make sure that they work on the rug carefully, including the following steps:

  • They should set to work on the fringe, combing it out until it is completely separated.
  • Once it is no longer tangled, it should be cleaned thoroughly.
  • Once it is clean, it should be combed again, carefully to make sure it doesn’t become accidentally knotted.
  • No bleaches should be used when cleaning the fringe (this is important).
  • If it is worn or damaged, a specialist should re-wave or replace it.

Experienced professionals know just how important a fringe is to the beauty of a carpet, and will make sure all the above are carried out before your rug is returned to you.

Grout Cleaning Tips

Grout can really make a beautiful bathroom look dull and dingy.  So what’s the best way to deal with it?  There are so many theories, and a lot of the experts will tell you to go out and buy expensive cleaning solutions designed especially for this purpose.  But whilst it might be effective, there are other ways of getting the job done properly, such as:

  • Mix three cups of baking soda with a cup of water.  Put it on the grout and leave it for 30 minutes, before cleaning away then putting clean water on the area.
  • Use an old toothbrush – it’s a sure fire way of getting into the most difficult nooks and crannies of the tiles!
  • Dampen the tiles and then mix the juice of a lemon with a cup of water.  Apply.  This is a great way to bring the white color back to your tiles.
  • If your tiles are colored, pour vinegar on them and let it sit for a while.  Rinse off! You’ll quickly see the difference.

All inexpensive, and all effective!  Good luck!