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Baking Soda and Vinegar: In the Home and Garden


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Baking Soda and Vinegar: In the Home and Garden

Like many of us, I like to keep a clean house. Cleaning my kitchen and bathroom sinks, counter tops and vanities once presented a challenge. How so? I refuse to use harsh chemicals, mainly because of my children's allergies and asthma. I also prefer an environmentally-friendly cleaning solution. I've found all this and more, by cleaning with a homemade paste I make from baking soda and vinegar. This all-natural cleaning solution removes most of my everyday stains and grime with ease. I just scour the surface with a scrubby-type sponge and it's a breeze. In addition to kitchen and bathroom surfaces, I use baking soda and vinegar cleaning paste on my parrot's cage. There are no harsh chemicals or fumes, so it's also perfect for cleaning the toddler's room. Try the same solution diluted with a bit of water to kill your garden weeds. You'll be amazed!

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Two Questions About Log Homes You May Have

A log home can be a rustic option for providing your family with a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing place to live. Unfortunately, this is an option that some people will not seriously consider. This often stems from the fact that they do not have much experience with this type of home. By understanding the answers to these two common questions about log homes, you may come to the conclusion that this is the perfect option for your needs. 

Do You Have To Build The Entire Home Out Of Logs?

There are many people that like the look of the logs, but they may not want the entire house to be built out of these materials. Fortunately, it is possible for individuals to build hybrid homes that combine the benefits of logs with the benefits of other materials, such as wood planks or brick, to create a beautiful and practical home. 

However, it should be noted that some companies that build log homes may not have the capabilities to meet these needs. Hybrid homes that combine logs and other materials can be far more complex to design and build. As a result, if this is an option that you are wanting to consider, you should let the contractors know as soon as possible so they can let you know if that is beyond their capabilities. 

What Maintenance Is Needed For These Homes?

Another reason that some people may hesitate to opt for this style of home is that they are concerned it will be an extremely maintenance intensive option. Fortunately, this is not the case, and log homes actually require very little maintenance to keep them both looking good and structurally sound. 

Typically, once every few years, you will need to apply sealant or finishing to the exterior of the home. This is designed to protect it from moisture and insect damage. In fact, without these treatments, the logs would start to decay relatively rapidly. However, this is the only form of maintenance that the home will routinely need done, and if you do not want to complete this task, you can hire a professional to do it for you. 

Living in a log home is a dream come true for people. However, there are some individuals that do not know much about this style of home, and this can cause them to fail to consider a log style home. Fortunately, learning that it is possible to build a hybrid home and that these houses require little maintenance may make it easier for you to decide if this is right for you. If a log home appeals to you, get in touch with a contractor like Pioneer Log Homes of BC.