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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One of the most important safety features on a furnace is the metal pipe known as the flue, whose job is to carry carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases outside of your home. A flue that isn't working properly can put you and your family at serious risk. Here are two common causes of a restricted flue.
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Sometimes, the cost of heating your home can creep up so gradually that you barely notice the change, while at other times, a sudden jump in your heating bill can give you a few sleepless nights. Natural gas and propane prices have been declining with relative consistency for several years, so if your costs for heating your home are still on the rise, it may be time to take a closer look at your furnace.
Your bedroom should be restful, but restful doesn't have to mean bland. No matter the overall style of your home, a cottage- inspired bedroom fits in with its eclectic charm. Cottage design ranges from rustic to refined, so choose the scheme that best fits with your decorating style.
For a romantic bedroom, start with a carved bed made of white or light wood. Top this with a delicate duvet and ruffled cushions.
Did you know that of the more 8.5 billion gallons of water every day, which is approximately 30% of a household's daily water use, is devoted solely for outdoor landscaping purposes? That's a lot of water. You could be potentially saving a lot of money if you implement strategies that will allow you to harvest rainwater. Depending on which state you reside in, you could be collecting a lot of rainwater each year to be reused.
Sitting down at your desk all day can be detrimental to your health and overall well being. In the last few years, standing desks have become more popular as a way to mitigate the effects of being sedentary while working at your desk. There are many options available for standing desks to suit your physical and monetary needs.
Negative health effects of sitting for too long
A recent study concluded that sitting for over four hours a day is linked to higher occurrences of chronic or fatal conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer.