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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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What Wood You Do? Why You Should Consider Wooden Blinds

For many, many years, if you wanted to cover the windows in your home to give yourself a little privacy, your only available options were scraps of fabric or pieces of wood. As times changed, however, more and more options became available, including vinyl, aluminum, and many others. However, there are plenty of positives to wooden blinds that you should consider when fitting your home's windows with coverings, proving that the new things in life aren't always the best. So if you're looking for reasons why you should consider installing wooden blinds in your home, then here's what you need to know.

Aesthetic Pleasure

Before you go any further, you should consider the aesthetic pleasure of wooden blinds. A versatile material, different types and styles of wood can make your home look modern and classy, antique, or even natural and rustic if you opt for reclaimed wood (which also cuts down on production, thus lessening your carbon footprint). Different wood types also come in different colors, from light, tropical bamboo, to tan walnut, to deep brown-red cherry wood. No matter what color scheme you're going for in your home, you'll be able to find a wood that matches it.

Doing Their Job

The main purpose of blinds on a window, of course, is to block the outside world from shining through your windows – and to block out your inside life from nosy neighbors or passerby. Wooden blinds will do this better than any other kind of blind; because of their even, flat shape and large size, they block out most of the outside light when hanging and angled down (making them perfect for those that are light sensitive or who take naps and/or sleep during the day). If you want to let in some light while still keeping privacy, wooden blinds are good for that too; their shape and size lets light come in easily when you open the slats, while still blocking an outsider's view of your home.

Ease of Cleaning

Yes, it's true that wooden blinds collect (and/or show) dust more easily than some other blind materials. However, they make up for this small failing in that they are much, much easier to clean than other types of blinds. While other materials must be cleaned a slat at a time, making the chore both meticulous and tedious, wooden blinds can be cleaned simply by adjusting the slats so that they're angled downward and then swiping down with either a damp cloth or a hand duster. Cutting down on cleaning time means you can spend less time at an odd angle in front of your windows each week and more time enjoying your home and leisure activities. Contact a business, such as Cover Up Designs, for more information.