It seems like just about everything is bad for you these days. Sitting all day at work is bad, but so is standing all day. Sugar is bad for you, but corn syrup might be a lot worse (and let’s not get started on artificial sweeteners). Butter is bad, so you should switch to margarine … no, wait, never mind, that’s worse, too. And going to work is definitely bad for you, especially if you work in a “sick building.” So maybe you should just stay home and eat a salad, right? Not necessarily: Staying home has hidden hazards, too. But you don’t need to panic. Just learn what to look out for and be proactive to ensure a safe home.
It’s easy enough to run to the store and load up your cart with cleaning products and tools, but sometimes, it’s simpler, cheaper, or just more satisfying to come up with your own DIY approaches to getting things done, including … Continue reading
We’re a few weeks into the year now, and I’m sure that at this point, plenty of people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions. It seems like they’re just so hard to keep, especially when we make them either too difficult or too vague. One of my resolutions this year was to avoid having to clean the whole house as much as possible. That probably sounds odd coming from a cleaning expert, doesn’t it? But hang on: Just because I don’t want to block out a day or two at a time to clean the house doesn’t mean that I’ve decided to live in squalor! Instead, I’ve decided to be proactive about cleaning. With a little day-to-day effort, you can make housework much faster and easier.
All of the gifts have been unwrapped, the fancy foods have been eaten, and your holiday guests have gone home. You raised a glass as you watched the ball drop at midnight, and now, here you are at the start of a new year. January is a time for a fresh start, a time when everyone wipes the slate clean and starts over, vowing to change their lives for the better. Why wait for spring to do spring cleaning when you can change your home for the better now, and start the year with both a clean slate and a clean living space? Now’s the perfect time to deep-clean your home, and here’s how you should do it.
Almost everyone has a bottle of white vinegar sitting in the back of a kitchen cupboard, and some people probably don’t even know how it got there: It’s just always been there, somehow, gathering dust. Maybe you pull it out once a year to make Easter-egg dye, but other than that, it mostly sits neglected behind the vegetable oil and the salt. A lot of people don’t seem to realize that vinegar is good for a lot more than your child’s science-fair volcano, though. Vinegar is also one of the best, most versatile cleaning products in your home. I’ve touched on it before, but here are a few of my favorite ways to clean with vinegar.