I'll put a coaster under anything, but the rest of my household (and the occasional guest) has yet to jump on the bandwagon — leaving the inevitable ring on my coffee and side tables. It's a battle I've chosen not to fight because of one thing alone: mayonnaise. If it weren't for good old-fashioned full-fat mayo, my furniture would be littered with the hideous water spots that result from the wood getting wet. Got rings on your goods? Simply slather on enough of the white stuff to cover the affected area and let sit for at least six hours. Then wipe off and clean up with your regular furniture polish, and voilà, no more stain. The newer the mark the better, but I've also used the trick on a flea market find with nearly perfect results. Try it out the next time you're sweating over sweaty drinks!
Do you have a great eco cleaning recipe? Or have you found a way to get your laundry looking whiter? Whatever your tips, join So Fresh and So Clean and share them with the rest of us. I'll even feature your best cleaning tips here on CasaSugar, so don't be surprised if your smart tip makes it to the front page here on the site. I can't wait to hear your best and brightest cleaning tips! Share them with the rest of us now!
To Jonas Brothers fans, being a "groupie" comes naturally. But there's another kind of group love I'm rooting for, and it concerns our new CasaSugar Decor Community. Hopefully, you got the lowdown on it from my introduction on Tuesday and are ready and rarin' to join a group!
You probably all know (and love) my decorating group Su Casa, where you share photos of your home and latest design projects, because it's sticking around. From tiny nooks to entire bedrooms, if I dig your designs, your photos and projects could be featured on CasaSugar! Are you a Su Casa member yet? If not, join! Before you join, you should make sure you register though, if you don't already have an account.
Don't get me wrong, I love Su Casa, but I've got two brand spankin' new groups I'm super excited about. To "meet" them, read more
Spilling coffee on a freshly dry-cleaned shirt during the morning rush is unfortunately such a recurring mishap for many of us that it's almost a cliché. Seriously — how many Kate Hudson/JLo/Sandra Bullock romantic comedies can you think of where it's a pivotal scene to the plot? If these chick-flick chicks had just had a little advice from yours truly (well, actually from Do It Yourself), they'd have won the guy, the ring, and popped out a first born well before the popcorn intermission.
To hear how to send coffee stains to the curb, read more
Got streaks? Use horizontal strokes when cleaning your windows inside, and vertical strokes outside. That way, if you wind up with streaks on your windows, you'll know automatically which side of the window they're coming from. You can also use household vinegar to get outdoor windows sparkling clean. But, don't wash them when it's really sunny; they'll streak if they dry too quickly. It's these little things that make life so much easier . . .
As you may know, deodorant stains are a big ole pain in the butt. But getting them out of that favorite top of yours is actually fairly elementary. All you have to do to get rid of those troubled stains is soak or sponge the fabric (if it's washable; i.e. not silk) in white vinegar for 30 minutes, and then wash it in the hottest water that's safe for the fabric. Or, mix a little dish soap and equal parts ammonia and water and soak overnight, and then wash. Voilà! Your laundry will look so fresh and so clean!
Since I openly oppose gum chewing in the first place (smack smack), I find it quite frustrating when gum makes its way to my clothing, the soles of my shoes, or other fabrics in my house. My sister once wound up chopping off a chunk of her locks to rid herself of the goo — let's just say it wasn't a pretty sight, but she did her best to make it glam. Sticky and stubborn, gum is nearly impossible to remove by washing as usual.
That's why I was so happy to learn a quick tip for removing it! All you need to do to get that gucky Double Bubble, Trident, or what-have-you out of your clothing or household textiles is brush it, using an old toothbrush, with egg white; let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then wash as usual. To get it out of your hair, hold ice cubes in a bag to it until it hardens, and then break it away. Or, massage it with some nontoxic oil (canola, olive oil), leave it for 20 minutes, and then comb it out.
In her book Green Housekeeping, Ellen Sandbeck notes that one simple way to avoid using chemical products when you clean is to use steam vapor instead, which loosens dirt, grease and grime quite easily, so they can then just be wiped off with a clean cloth.
Here are some of her tips for the technique, according to the Housekeeping Channel:
- "To steam clean a wood, vinyl or tile kitchen floor, attach a clean terrycloth towel to the floor brush, then put the floor brush on the end of the steamer's extension tube. Use a mopping motion to steam the floor clean, moving quickly to prevent heat damage. When the towel gets dirty, turn it over or replace it with a clean towel."
- "Clean tile grout by using the steamer's detail brush, then use a towel-covered floor brush to remove excess moisture and residue. If the tile is very dirty, use the floor brush without a towel, then wipe the steamed area with a clean towel. You can use this technique for tiled counters as well as tiled floors."
- "Strip off old paste wax by using the floor brush to steam a small section at a time. Wipe off the dissolved wax before moving to the next section. When the job is done, clean the brushes with hot water before the wax has a chance to harden. Wipe down the surface with a clean dry towel before applying new wax."
When getting our homes so fresh and so clean, don't overlook your silverware. If you've assembled your home cleaning kit you'll have most of the ingredients for this Recipe For Clean. Use it to make your silverware shine like the top of the Chrysler building.
- 3-in. square of aluminum foil
- 1 tbsp. of salt
- 1 tbsp. of baking soda
- 1 cup of warm water
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Have you assembled your home cleaning kit yet? If you have, you're in luck, because I have a great Recipe For Clean for an eco-friendly bleach alternative. Use it to get spots and stains out of your laundry, so they look so fresh and so clean.
- 1/2 cup borax
- 2 gallons of hot water
- Hydrogen Peroxide (3 percent)
To find out the steps for this DIY, just read more