tea-in-glass-cupYou might already use some natural remedies on your body. Why not use some natural fresh cleaning and sprucing-up solutions in your new home, too?  There are great ways to keep you, your family, and the environment a lot safer.  Here are some examples.  Some of these you might already know, but hopefully, you’ll find few that will amaze you!

As you decide where to place your wood furniture, you may notice that it’s lost some natural colour and shine over the years. Just steep two tea bags in hot water for 10 minutes. Let cool, then dampen a clean soft cloth with tea and wipe over the wood furniture. Instant restoration!

One thing you’ll likely inherit when you move into a new home is some new odours. Let’s face it, each place has its own smell. They may be the ghosts Christmas past, or of two cats that lived in the house a very long time. Here’s the irony. Kitty litter can neutralize the smells. Mix some with baking soda in a pan and stink-be-gone.

Does your new home smell like it was smoked in in the past? You can get rid of the smell of smoke by placing bowls of white vinegar around the house to absorb the odor.

1. Stuck with a plugged drain? Unclog it using a cup of salt mixed with a cup of baking soda – no liquid. Pour the dry solution into the drain, followed by a pot of boiling water.

2.  Want to keep crawling critters away from your new kitchen?  Place bay leaves in all the drawers and in the flour and sugar containers.

3. Clean porcelain with a cloth dampened with water and white vinegar. Sprinkle cream of tartar on the cloth.

4. Say good-bye to mildew by mixing salt and lemon juice.

5. Dawn original blue dish detergent will do more than just clean your dishes. It’s a great all-purpose degreaser as well as a spot remover.

6. 1/2 lemon sprinkled with table salt can be used safely to clean or remove stains from granite. For stains, leave lemon and salt on the stain to soak, then rinse with clean water and dry.

7. Repainting? Clean oil based paint off of your hands with vegetable oil. Then wash hands with warm soapy water.

8. For a quick ant kill, mix 2 cups of borax with one cup of sugar in a quart jar. Punch holes in the lid and sprinkle around the outside of your house.

9. Mice can’t stand the smell of fresh peppermint.  Have you ever seen peppermint candy canes attached to their little Christmas trees?  Fake ones, yes.  Real ones, no.

You can place peppermint leaves around your house or simply put some oil of peppermint on a piece of cloth and place it in locations you suspect the mice may be visiting.

10. Do you see weeds growing in the cracks of your patio, deck,or driveway? Kill them by spraying them with a solution of 1/4 cup of salt added to 4 litres of water.

11. Keep weeds from returning to the cracks of your patio, deck, or driveway by pouring salt in the cracks.

We’re happy to pass these household tips along to you because we like to go above and beyond when it comes to helping you move. When it comes to Edmonton moving companies, Kary Movers shines. Let us show you! Call us at 1-877-687-1746, email info@karymovers.com, or use our online form to request a moving quote.

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