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15 Genius Packing Tips

15 Genius Packing Tips

When life takes you away from your home, try one of these genius packing tricks that will make your trip easy and stress free.  Mark your suitcases with the word “fragile.” Handlers will then make sure that your baggage is on top of others. The result, not only more careful handling, but your luggage will come out first.  Choose luggage that is

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20 Reasons You Need a Professional House Cleaner

20 Reasons You Need a Professional House Cleaner

If your time is too valuable to spend the bulk of it cleaning your home, it may be time to hire a professional housekeeper. There are so many benefits to having someone else do the housework. Here are twenty reasons why you may just need to hire a professional house cleaner. You have a busy schedule, and it is hard to

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Furniture Helpers: Banish Water Rings and Stains

Furniture Helpers: Banish Water Rings and Stains

You don’t have to cover every piece of wood furniture or stop entertaining because of the threat of water rings and water stains. Removing water stains is easier than you might think. Here are five great methods to try.  Remove Water Rings with an Iron Cover the water ring on your furniture with a clean, white cotton dishcloth or white t-shirt. Set

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10 Reasons to Love Lemons

10 Reasons to Love Lemons

The bright sunny lemon is used throughout the world for both culinary and non-culinary use. This fruit, which was first native to Asia, offers a distinctive sour taste that makes it ideal in drinks and dishes, but its wonderful scent, along with the lemon’s concentration of acidic acid has give this powerhouse the ability to clean, freshen, and act as

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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Bright bananas, succulent strawberries, tasty tomatoes...they may all be hiding a secret hoard of stowaways. I am talking about those pesky, tiny flies that get a free ride to your home on fresh produce and quickly multiply before your eyes.  The little pests can quickly form themselves into an infestations, and getting rid of fruit flies can be a challenge. An

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15 Ways to Minimize Dust in Your Home

15 Ways to Minimize Dust in Your Home

Have a virtually dust free home without constantly running the dust cloth or vacuum. Use air purifying machines to suck up the dust in the air before it settles. Groom pets regularly.  Place pretty, washable throws on furniture. No more constant vacuuming of the upholstery. Eliminate the knick-knacks and small decorative objects. There is a reason that these are called dust collectors. Invest in heavy

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12 Amazing Uses for Dish Soap

12 Amazing Uses for Dish Soap

Dish Detergent, or dish soap, may just be the miracle household solution we never knew we had. This mild liquid combines reliable cleaning power with a gentleness that makes it ideal for many uses around the home. Plus, dish soap is very inexpensive. Bonus! Here are 12 amazing uses for dish detergent that you can put in practice today. Clean the kitchen

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The Danger of Toxic Cleaning Products in Your Home

The Danger of Toxic Cleaning Products in Your Home

When you clean your home, are you leaving toxic chemicals behind? Are the “fresh scents” and shiny surfaces releasing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air that are then breathed in by your family? Are there other health risks to using traditional cleaning products in your home? There may be a better, safer way to clean. According to our expert, it

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Keep Out! 7 Things to Never Store in the Garage

Keep Out! 7 Things to Never Store in the Garage

Your garage can be a great source of organized storage, but storing the wrong things in the garage can lead to damage, or worse, become a safety hazard. Here are seven things that you should never store in your garage.   Image Source: Elegant Entries

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The Oosouji Home: The Japanese Art of Cleaning

The Oosouji Home: The Japanese Art of Cleaning

In Japan, to observe Oosouji means to clean the clutter, the dirt and the dust of the past. It is often practiced at the end of one year and into the new, the purpose being to banish any old problems or ways of thinking and to welcome a new start, with a clean slate (and home).  The word Oosouji literally means

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