Posted by Peggy Farber on 3/18/2015

One of the toughest tasks around the house is keeping it clean. So when you are busy with work, the kids, and short on time, this task is almost impossible. Here are some tips on how to have your home appear to be clean all the times: -While you are walking around the house think about how you can declutter. As you pass through rooms pick up toys, mail, bags and shoes. Before you leave the living room on your way to the kitchen, look to see what items can be picked up along the way. -Utilize decorative baskets to organize books, catalogs, mail and magazines. -Reduce odor in the kitchen by simmering nutmeg, cloves, or cinnamon with orange peels in a saucepan on the stove. -Use candlelight, a home always looks better and cleaner by candlelight. -Create an instant centerpiece with a bowl full of fruit. -Use baskets or containers in the bathroom to store cosmetics and lotions. -Refresh the guest hand towels frequently. Humidity in the bathroom makes towels look droopy. -Place your pajamas under the pillow. This way, they're off the floor and ready for bedtime. -Pile clean, unfolded laundry in baskets on top of the washing machine to be sorted later. -If you have dirty clothes, but no time to wash them, store them inside the machine.

Posted by Peggy Farber on 2/18/2015

Do you have a mildew buildup in your home? Or are you looking to prevent mildew? You can combat mildew buildup with ingredients you have around your home. Many of the ingredients in store-bought mildew cleaners contain hazardous solvents and petroleum based chemicals, which may contaminate ground water and present a problem to waste water treatment facilities. Here is a recipe to remove mildew:   Ingredients: 1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent 1 quart chlorine bleach 2 quarts water 1. Combine all the ingredients in a pail. 2. Wearing rubber gloves, wash off the mildew. So go ahead and whip up a batch of homemade mildew cleaner. It will cost you only pennies and keep your family safer too.

Posted by Peggy Farber on 1/7/2015

A bar of soap won't just keep you clean it can serve many more purposes! Here are some uses for soap to solve common household problems: Stop squeaky hinges by wedging moist soap between the doorframe and hinge, and work the door back and forth; also rub soap directly onto the hinge. No more squeaks in floorboards when you work a little moist soap into the cracks between the boards. Unstick a stubborn zipper by rubbing soap on both sides while closed, then unzip it and rub soap over the opened teeth. Solve sticky drawers by rubbing both sides and the underside with soap. To keep eyeglasses from steaming in cold weather, rub both sides of each lens with soapy fingers, and then polish. Have any of these tricks worked for you? Share more soapy tips below.  

Posted by Peggy Farber on 12/10/2014

If it seems like you never have time for a homemade meal, a crockpot may be the answer. When you think crockpot you might be thinking it is something your grandmother used. Crockpot recipes have come a long way since then. Today you can find posts of fabulous slow cooker meals getting a lot of attention on social media sites. Here are just a few reasons why you may want to add a crockpot to your kitchen: 1.  They are inexpensive. You can find a crockpot for about $25. 2. You can put your food in the crockpot in the morning and by dinner time the meal is done. 3. Using a crockpot cooks the food slowly and can improve the flavor. 4. It is easy cleanup, only one pot. 5. You can cook just about any meal. A crockpot is not just for soups and stews. What is your favorite crockpot recipe?

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 11/26/2014

Every homeowner has to have some fix-it knowledge. In order to get the job done you have to have the right tools. First you will need to assemble a proper home-repair tool kit. This suggested kit should cost approximately $200 and provide you with 90% of all the tools you'll ever need to repair and maintain your home. Here are the top tools you'll need to get started. 1. Toolbox First things first, you'll need something to hold all of your tools. A toolbox will help you organize and quickly find what you are looking for in a pinch. A toolbox doesn't have to be a box at all, it may be a bag and large container as long as all of your tools fit and are easily accessible. 2. Hammer A hammer is the absolute must-have tool. You may choose a steel- or fiberglass-shaft hammer. Make sure to choose one with a smooth (not checkered) head.  You may also want to choose a hammer with a straight or "rip" claw they are more useful for demolition. 3. Screwdrivers (mixed set) Go ahead and buy the set of screwdrivers. You will save money plus you will get all the sizes you need. Your set should have 1/4- and 3/8-inch flat heads and No. 1 and No. 2 Phillips head drivers. Some screwdrivers have magnetic heads; they can come in handy when looking for dropped nails etc. too. 4. Tape measure Buy a good quality tape measure. Buy at least a 16-foot,  3/4-inch-wide model. Also look for one that is easy-locking. 5. Reversible drill with bit set A reversible drill is the only electric tool you need and it is a must. Home centers are full of cordless models but you may want to opt for a corded version, they are less expensive and never run out of battery. Make sure to purchase a 3/8th-inch reversible drill this will be the most useful around your home. 6. Utility knife Often there is nothing that can replace a utility knife. Make sure to purchase plenty of replaceable blades for your utility knife. 7. Handsaw Even if you have a circular saw, you may still find some times when you will be happy to have a handsaw handy. A short handsaw is probably best, look for one with a 12-inch blade it will cut straighter and faster. 8. A level A level is essential for hanging just about anything. Purchase a 9-inch torpedo level. This is easier and more accurate than laser levels. 9. Vise grips: $10 Clamp anything with vise grips. Also known as locking pliers, all you need to do is adjust the screw drive in the handle and clamp it on to anything that needs viselike stabilizing. If you don't have vise grips channel-lock pliers can be a good backup. 10. Safety glasses Better safe than sorry. Effective eye protection is a must in any toolkit.