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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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Need New Gutters? Go Seamless And Add A Rain Chain To Enhance The Aesthetics Of Your Home

If you are planning to put new gutters on your home, this is a great time to go to seamless gutters. While you are at it, you can add a beautiful rain chain to enhance the beauty of your home. Below is some information about each of these to help you decide if this is something you would like to do.

Seamless Gutters

Standard gutters are sectional and the seams are sealed. Over time, the sealant will wear away and allow water to leak from the gutters each time it rains or snows. Seamless gutters also have ridges that form along the bottom of the gutter, and small pieces of debris can get backed up behind these ridges.

Seamless gutters are one piece of aluminum that is molded, cut to the right length of your home, and then attached to your home. Because they are only one piece, seamless gutters are much easier and quicker to install.

You will not have to worry about sealant wearing out or ridges. Having no seams also makes these gutters much easier to clean. They can add to the aesthetics of your home because seamless gutters have a uniform look when compared to their sectional counterparts.

Rain Chains

When it rains on your roof, the water has to be managed or it will fall off the roof and down the side of your home, causing water to pool around the foundation, which can cause the foundation to crack. Downspouts are often used to divert the water away from the home to another area of the lawn, a nearby ditch, or a storm drain.

Instead of using downspouts, you should consider using rain chains instead. They serve the same purpose, but look much better than a downspout hanging off your roof.

Rain chains can be interlocking rings, or you can use something more decorative, such as interlocking flowers, bells, bowls, or cups. Water flows from the gutter and then down the rain chain, sprinkling water along the path that showers any plants that may be nearby. At the end of the chain there is a type of basin unit, such as a pit of river rocks or a bowl to distribute the water where you want it to go.

If you choose interlocking rings, you will hear the soothing sound of a waterfall coming down the rain chain. If you choose to use the cups, bowls, bells, or flowers, you will often hear a tinkling sound as the rain moves down the chain. If you are the DIY type, you can make a rain chain yourself to help you save money.

Contact a gutter contractor if you have questions about seamless gutters or aluminum rain chains and they will be able to help you.