Spring Cleaning with the Oreck Venture Pro Bagged Canister Vacuum

Oreck Venture Pro

The Oreck® Venture™ Pro Bagged Canister Vacuum is perfect for cleaning up the floors, furniture and curtains.

In my home, my son and I have a lot of allergies year rounds that can be a problem and cause us to be uncomfortable.

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8 Simple DIY Projects To Prepare Your Home For Fall

 

Canadian Basics

 

 

Weatherproof windows and doors

Unless your home and windows are brand new, there are probably some gaps that let the fall chill creep in, wrecking havoc on your electricity bill. Luckily, there are some DIY options to keep the cold weather outside, where it belongs. Caulk and less permanent weather strips can both be bought on the cheap at your local hardware store. The process of adhering weather stripping is easy, and there are many guides available, like this one from Home Depot

Winterize sprinklers

If you have a sprinkler system, it’s wise to blow it out before the first freeze. This will prevent pipes from freezing, which can cause costly plumbing repairs. Blowing out your sprinklers requires the purchase or rental of an air compressor. Though this may seem like a pricey job, ensuring your sprinkler system is properly winterized will save you a ton of money repairing it. The process itself is a fairly simple and painless procedure with simple step-by-step instructions.

Clean gutters

Over the summer months, leaves, debris and dirt have no doubt clogged your home’s only run off option. Once snow and rain start falling, these clogged gutters can cause the water to pool up in undesirable places, which can cause many problems. As the cheapest DIY option on this list, cleaning your gutters only costs the time it takes to complete. While you’re up there, it doesn’t hurt to check for any roof or gutter issues that can be dealt with before they require costly repairs.

Maintain fireplace and chimney

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, remember that if you clean and maintain it before winter rolls in then you can cozy up to a toasty fire when the first snow falls. It’s up to you whether you want to maintain your own chimney or hire someone to take care of it for you. Should you opt to take care of your own, there are many things to keep in mind, including inhalation, mess, wear and tear and proper damper position. To properly prepare, make sure you have a drop cloth on the floor, you wear a mask and you are ready with a vacuum to suck up the ashes. Other than the basic clean up it is also important to ensure the bricks in your chimney are holding up to avoid more costly problems down the line.

Fall colors

If you’re looking for a subtle change that’s easy on the back and wallet, simply working in some fall colors into your current décor can add autumn spice. Rather than going out and buying a bunch of new blankets or throw pillows, there are some simple color options that only cost as much as a sample bucket of paint. Pick up a few cheap picture frames from a thrift store or garage sale and a few sample cans in your favorite fall hues. Paint the frames one solid color and (ta-da!) you have a new décor. You can use these frames to re-frame current wall photos, or get more creative to make an interesting piece of art using leaves or other fall items on your mantel piece, like this one.

A festive centerpiece

Autumn is the season for gatherings. Whether it’s a football Sunday, Thanksgiving dinner or a Halloween party, there are many reasons to get together with friends and family come autumn. With everyone gathered around the table, why not put together a pretty centerpiece to get people talking? Pumpkins, leaves and corn are common fall adornments, but rather than simply spreading them all over the table, try a new trend that will get people talking. What you’ll need is a pumpkin, some fake flowers (preferably autumn hued) and some hot glue. Take your flowers and glue them to the pumpkin until completely covered. This unique floral project is appealing to the eye and can be made in any color scheme that suits your home.

Pumpkins

Oh the joys of pumpkins! Simply putting a few on your porch can evoke nostalgia, but if you’re feeling a little more ambitious, try making flower pots or vases with these seasonal gourds. For a festive flower pot, empty out a pumpkin or gourd as you would if you were carving a jack-o-lantern. Rather than filling with a candle, top it with soil and plant your favorite seasonal flowers. Another fun option is to use a gourd as a vase. Empty out the gourd and it’s ready to be filled with water and flowers as a beautiful table display. Gourds will stay water tight for about a week, but you can also insert a bud vase to ensure there’s no leakage.

Autumn foliage

There are many cool ways to use leaves in your fall décor. Some people adhere them to candles or use them in center pieces or wreaths, but there are other creative options. Make an interesting wall hanging or shelf topper by using an old book, some colorful leaves and picture frames. To create this look, remove a few choice pages from an old book. Select your page based on the passage or simply the look of the page (think dog eared or with gold finish.) Before you start, select your favorite colorful leaves then press them between newspaper in a heavy book. After a few days, you’ll have a dry and flat leaf for decoration use. Once the leaves are ready use the book page as the backdrop and place the leaves over it in a frame and you’ll have a very pretty piece of art.

17 Uses For Coca-Cola

 

 

 

 Cleaning with Coca-Cola #DIY #Cleaners

The great thing about a product like Coca-Cola is that many of us either have it in our homes or can purchase it for great price. Coca-Cola has so many uses beyond drinking that it is great to have handy in your home.

Here is a list below on many uses for your home.

  1. Removes rust and loosens rusty bolts.
  2. Cleans oil stains from garage floors. Just pour cola on and then rinse.
  3. Kills slugs and snails. The acid kills them.
  4. Cleans burnt pans. Let pan soak in cola and then rinse them.
  5. Descales a kettle. Same method as burnt pans.
  6. Removes blood stains from fabric and clothing.
  7. Clean car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of cola over each one.
  8. Makes pennies shine. Soaking old pennies in cola will remove tarnish.
  9. Cleans tile grout. Pour on kitchen floor and then mop it up.
  10. Removes gum from hair.  Dip hair in a bowl of cola and leave for a few minutes.
  11. Removes stains from china.
  12. Remove or fade dye from hair by pouring diet Cola over it.
  13. Remove marker stains from the carpet.  Pour cola over it and scrub. And then clean with soapy water.
  14. Cleans your toilets. Pour around bowl. Leave and then flush.
  15. Cola and Aluminum foil will bring chrome to a shine.
  16. Strips paint off of metal furniture. Soak a towel in cola and leave it on paint surface.
  17. Make better compost; Coke increases the acidity, adds sugars and feeds microorganisms.

What other ways can you clean with Cola?

5 Things to Do with Coffee Grounds

 

Lots of products in our homes have unconventional uses. 

Coffee Grounds have many uses that can help you in your daily life. (Besides waking you up in the morning! lol)

 

 

 

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  1. Before you clean out the fireplace, sprinkle wet coffee grounds on the ashes. They will be easier to remove and dust wont fly up!

  2. Get rid of the smell of spoiled food in the freezer. Place used or fresh coffee grounds in a few bowls and leave it overnight.

  3. Old coffee grounds are chock-full of nutrients that your acidic-loving plants crave. Save them to fertilize rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, and camellias. So don’t throw them out! Add them to your plants! 

  4. Cats will not venture into your gardens if you use orange peels and coffee grounds in them.

  5. Make your own cellulite cream! Mix 1/4 cup of water, used coffee grounds with 1 teaspoon of oil. (olive, almond, walnut or massage oil. ) Stand on newspaper in the bathtub. Apply mixture in your cellulite areas and then wrap in plastic wrap. Leave on for 5 minutes. Take off the plastic wrap and brush off loose grounds.  Take up the grounds with the newspaper and than shower in warm water. Repeat twice a week.

5 Easy #DIY Projects

5 Insanely Easy DIY Projects

 

1. Make a Sharpie Mug

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2.Make Your Own Spray Paint

Mix 2 parts acrylic paint with 1 part water in a small spray bottle

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3. Coffee Bean Tealights

The warmth of the candle makes the coffee beans smell amazing!

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4. Sew 5 pillows together to make a body pillow!

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5.Glue wine corks in a picture frame to make a bulletin board.

 

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#DIY Ideas To Organize Your Home

 

 

These DIY hacks are a great way to organize your home. 

Simple to do and low cost! 

Don’t like Whiteboards? Use a picture frame glass. Find one to match your room and hang it.

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Organize flip flops or flats with letter organizers.

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Organize snacks for the kids with a shoe organizer.

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Most people don’t use cd racks anymore. So turn your cd rack into a organizer for your bathroom!

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More Life Hacks

 

 

 

Life can get busy and hard.

Here are some life hacks that can make your life a little easier!

 

 

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Clean out an old ketchup bottle and use it to put pancake mix in. 

Easier to put pancakes in a pan. 

Less mess!

 

 

 

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No speaker system for your iPhone but want to listen to music?

Place your iPhone in a glass and it will amplify the sound! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To remove residue from a shower head. 

Tie a baggie with vinegar in it around it and leave it overnight.

It will clean everything off with no work! 

 

 

 

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Having a bbq?

A great way to serve condiments is using muffin tins! 

Buy the ones at the dollar store & you can just throw it out afterwards! 

 

 

 

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Cool down your laptop with an egg carton under it. 

When you buy farm fresh eggs save the cartons!