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home tips: homemade magic eraser

Homemade Magic Eraser

1/2 tsp. of Borax
1 tsp of Baking Soda
1/2 cup of hot water

1. Place the 1/2 tsp. of Borax in a shallow bowl. Then pour the hot water on top and mix with a fork, spoon or whisk until dissolved.

2. Add the 1 tsp. of baking soda and mix until all powder is dissolved and the water is nearly clear in color.

3. Using a sponge, start cleaning away!

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home organization tips for Florida homeowners

9 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Home Feeling Serene and Organized:

1. Be wary of bargains, sales, hand-me-downs and give-away. Do you really need this thing? Or love it? Beware: because of the “endowment effect,” we value things more once we own them. Once that thing enters your home, it will be tough to get it out again.

2. Never label anything “Miscellaneous.”

3. Remember: most decisions don’t require extensive research. Aim to be a satificer, not a maximizer.

4. Don’t let yourself fall into “empty.” Keep cash in the house. Keep gas in your tank. Keep an extra roll of toilet paper squirreled away. Keep your phone charged.

5. Don’t keep excessive amounts of anything. Those glass vases that come from florists. Those ketchup packets that come with take-out food. A house with two adults probably doesn’t need fifteen mismatched souvenir coffee cups.

6. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Lower the bar. Actually spending ten minutes clearing off one shelf is better than fantasizing about spending a weekend cleaning out the basement.

7. Clean while you cook (literally and metaphorically).

8. Put things away in a specific place. It’s much easier to find things later, and it’s oddly satisfying to slot things into their precise places. “Ah, this particular basket on this shelf is the place for the AAA batteries.”

9. Make your bed. I know it sounds trivial, but it’s a bigger happiness booster than you’d expect.

Tip of the day: Transform Your Space

Tip of the day: Transform Your Space
Extra space is a big asset but knowing how to utilize it takes some thought and planning. A few small adjustments can go a long way. For example, transform a plain wall into a storage and display showcase just by adding open shelves or by creating a recessed niche. Adding a display shelf above the kitchen window can give the room an entirely new look and make room where the items used to be stored. Additionally, if you have the time and resources, invest in a room addition such as a sunroom, den or deck.

DIY air freshner

DIY Air Freshener

Ingredients:
A container, such as a mason jar
Baking soda
Essential oil
Foil or lid (optional)

Pour baking soda into container, about 1/4 full. Drop in about 8 drops of essential oil, depending on how strong you want it. That’s it! If you want a lid, you can poke holes in aluminum foil and cover the jar, or you can drill holes in the mason jar lid.

Green Spring Cleaning Recipe for the Grout

Green Spring Cleaning Recipe for the Grout 

Does the tile and grout in your Florida home need a good cleaning? here’s a great recipe for cleaning the grout:

7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar – throw in a spray bottle and spray your floor, let it sit for a minute or two… then scrub 🙂

Kitchen Tip

Kitchen Tip for SW Florida Homeowners:
Choose a surface that matches your lifestyle. If you decide to replace surfaces, remember that some materials make upkeep easier, important if you have kids at home or do a lot of cooking. Granite and quartz are top performers in our countertop Ratings, but granite needs periodic resealing. Don’t rule out laminate, which is much better than stone at resisting impact. If you’re heart set on marble, just know that it’s going to stain and scratch over time unless you’re obsessive about protecting it.

Tip of the day: Get Knobby

Get Knobby:
There are a lot of suggestions for great ways to update the kitchen on a budget, but to name one project that makes every top-five list, it would be changing out the door and drawer pulls and other decorative hardware. It’s a small, almost purely cosmetic alteration that won’t take more than an hour to do, but adding decorative knobs is surprisingly eye-catching, and a good way to help visually unify and update the kitchen.

It is our goal to help Florida homeowners by providing you helpful information to allow you to easily, efficiently and cost effectively enjoy your Florida home.

If there are ever ANY questions about maintaining your home, feel free to call me directly. We are afterall, “Your property consultants for life”

SWF Home Inspections, Inc

Providing home inspection services to clients throughout SW Florida including Sarasota, Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, Bradenton, North Port, Englewood, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Boca Grande, Arcadia, and surrounding communities.

941-493-4334

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Stained Tub?

Stained Tub? Combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. Let sit for a half hour, then rinse well with water.

It is our goal to help Florida homeowners by providing you helpful information to allow you to easily, efficiently and cost effectively enjoy your Florida home.

If there are ever ANY questions about maintaining your home, feel free to call me directly. We are afterall, “Your property consultants for life”

SWF Home Inspections, Inc

Providing home inspection services to clients throughout SW Florida including Sarasota, Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, Bradenton, North Port, Englewood, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Boca Grande, Arcadia, and surrounding communities.

941-493-4334

info@swfhomeinspections.com

http://www.swfhomeinspections.com