We’ve all had big and small appliances or items we’ve purchased that supposedly requires you to purchase “special” cleaning products just for those items. Well, don’t be fooled. Sure you can spend the extra money and know you’ll get a good clean, but do you really want to have 20 different cleaning products under your kitchen sink (or wherever you keep them)? Neither do we. Take a look at these helpful cleaning tips that only require items that everyone has in their home.(more…)
Whether you’re a secret hoarder or a have recently downsized your home, you may have too much “stuff” in your house. Some people are just better at keeping their home clean and streamlined then others. I know I’m guilty of that. By removing excess chachkas, even the smallest of spaces will look that much bigger and roomier.
Here are a few tips we’ve put together to help those of us (ahem!) who need a little guidance when it comes to decluttering our living spaces.(more…)
We all love our beautiful granite countertops. Whether they’re in the kitchen or bathroom, they add a touch of elegance to any surface. But how can you effectively clean granite without ruining the stone?
Many countertop professionals might try to sell you on the idea that you absolutely need a granite-specific cleaner and nothing else will do. Well, ladies and gentlemen, this actually is not true. There is a great, and inexpensive, solution to cleaning your granite. And we want to share it with you!
First, let’s tackle some important questions about granite countertops.(more…)
Between work and having a life it can be difficult to do all the little cleaning things you are supposed to or want to do. You home or condo can quickly start to look like a mess and you get frustrated. Keeping your cleaning routine simple and streamlined is key to making the most of your cleaning. Even if you’re busy you can still fit cleaning into your life. If not you can always hire a maid service. (more…)
There are many skills it is important to teach your child. How to take care of a home and living space is just as important as being able to cook or tie their shoes. One day they will have a home of their own that needs repairing and maintenance. Getting them involved in everyday household tasks, explaining maintenance to them while you do it and giving them constructive chores are all good ways of teaching them and preparing them to live on their own one day. Most of these suggestions are targeted at children eight years old and upwards. (more…)
In the second part of this series, we looked at ironing your pants in a jiffy with a tennis ball, repurposing newspapers as dusters, cleaning vases with gravel, removing coffee stains from your favourite mug with a salted lemon peel, cleaning your BBQ grill with a little baking soda and of course, cleaning your garbage disposal with, what else, lemon.
So if you thought the ideas were finished, think again. There are plenty more ideas and we love to share them. Here are a few more tips to keep you going with your spring cleaning. (more…)
In the first part of this series, we looked at the wonders of scrubbing a counter with lemons, using your blow dryer to dust off your chandelier, using newspapers to get a streak-free shine on glass and mirrors, and using tennis balls to fluff your pillows.
We’ve come up with a new list of innovative ways to use everyday household items to clean around your home. (more…)
Owning a home isn’t just about reaping the benefits. Though there are quite a few benefits. It’s important to maintain your home. Here in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, we are faced with the highest property prices in Canada. So if you’re able to afford a home, you should be able to afford the maintenance and upkeep involved to keep your home at its best. Failing to do so can seriously devalue your home and you could end up losing money when you’re ready to sell, upgrade or downsize in the future.
Homeownership means taking care of your home regularly, that includes maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and fix-it jobs required every so often. While some projects can be done with a couple hundred dollars and a quick trip to the big box stores, other projects require professionals and a larger budget.
Think of things like changing your roof or your windows in older homes, replacing walls and joists that have mold build-up inside, compared to a quick coat of paint, reseeding your lawn, or even changing the hardware on your front door. The more ‘on top of’ home maintenance you are, the better off you’ll be in the long run. (more…)
If you’re like us, you like to get creative with your cleaning techniques. Maybe you just want to stop using products that are harmful to the environment. Maybe you just ran out of your favourite window cleaner. Regardless of your reasons, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to use in-and-around your home for cleaning. (more…)
When it comes to cleaning and maintaining your house the occasional reminder or piece of advice can help make the process easier. No more forgetting about routine maintenance. Need advice on how to do something or what to do next. There’s an app for that.
Having all of this at the touch of your finger and in your pocket makes it even easier. Here are seven of the best free home maintenance apps. (more…)