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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 9/18/2016

Homemade soft scrub cleaner is one of the quickest and easiest cleaners to make. It is so easy you won't be spending lots of money of expensive store bought cleaners anymore. Here is an easy recipe for scrubbing cleaner: Ingredients: 3/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup borax dishwashing liquid 1. Combine the baking soda and borax. 2. Mix in enough dishwashing liquid to make a smooth paste. 3. If you prefer a pleasant smell, add 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice to the paste or a few drops of essential oil.  





Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 8/9/2015

It can be a real nuisance and an never ending battle to keep ants out of your house. There are natural recipes to help keep the ants at bay and involve items you are likely to have in your home already. Here are a few natural ways to keep the ants out: -Clean surfaces in your home with vinegar. Mix a half-and-half solution of white distilled vinegar and water. Ants don't like the smell of vinegar and it removes the scent trails they use to get around. -Lemon juice works just like vinegar by destroying the scent trails that ants follow. Spray lemon juice around the places the ants are using for entryways. -Want your home to smell minty and keep the ants out? Try peppermint oil. Wipe surfaces down with a clean damp cloth that has a few drops of essential peppermint oil on it. Ants also dislike the smell of peppermint. Peppermint is also environmentally friendly, and safe for humans and children. -If you know the areas the ants are getting in to your home sprinkle used coffee grounds in those areas. Ants don't like the smell of the coffee grounds they should move away from that area. -Ants will not cross a line of chalk. Try drawing a line of chalk across the spot where the ants are entering your home. Chalk is a natural ant repellent. Do you have any other natural ideas for keeping out the ants?





Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 4/19/2015

Make your own cleaning products its is easy and less expensive. One great cleaner to make homemade cleaners is oven cleaner. Oven cleaner often has lots of chemicals but when you make your own you can use less toxic items you have around your home. Here is a recipe for homemade oven cleaner: Ingredients: 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid 2 teaspoons borax 1/4 cup ammonia 1–1/2 cups warm water 1. Mix all of the ingredients together. 2. Apply the mixture to oven spills, and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. 3. Scrub with an abrasive nylon-backed sponge and rinse well. WARNING: Never mix cleaning products containing bleach and ammonia, as dangerous fumes will result.





Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 9/7/2014

Furniture can be very expensive so of course you want yours to last for as long as possible. If your furniture is starting to show distress there are some quick and natural fixes to get it looking as good as new. Scratches in wood are one of the most common furniture problems. Repairing scratches can be easy. Here are a few ways to fix your furniture flaws without using chemicals: Tea Brew a cup of tea (use black tea). Make sure to let the tea bag steep for 2 to 3 minutes. If your wood is dark you will want to let the bag steep longer because the longer it steeps, the darker it will be. Dab the tea onto the scratches with a cotton swab. Be careful to wipe away the excess as the tea can also color the wood around the scratches. Depending on the color of the wood you may need to do more than one application. Iodine Use a cotton swab to apply iodine to the scratch. Use the same method as the tea remembering to wipe away the excess iodine so it doesn't stain the wood around the scratch. Instant Coffee                                                                                                                                       Instant coffee can be use to cover a scratch. Make a thick paste with the coffee granules and water, and rub the paste into the scratch. Walnut Meat Crack open a walnut and rub the walnut meat into the scratch. The oil from a walnut will conceal a surface scratch in wooden furniture. Polish the scratched area with a soft cloth.  





Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 4/13/2014

Polishing a hardware floor can be a daunting task and most of the hardwood polish you may have been using is toxic, and not to mention expensive.  You can go natural and make your own polish at home. Here are a few homemade wood floor polish recipes:

Recipe I Ingredients: 1/2 cup vinegar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1. Mix the ingredients well. 2. Rub on the floor, and buff with a clean, dry cloth.
Recipe II Ingredients: 1/4 cup of grated beeswax boiling water 1/4 cup of turpentine fruit extract (if desired) 1. Put the beeswax into a bowl. 2. Put the bowl with the beeswax into a pan of boiling water until the beeswax has melted. 3. Add the turpentine into the beeswax and stir continuously until it all starts to cool. 4. If desired add fruit extract to give it a pleasant smell. 5. Apply the polish to a clean floor using a sponge, wipe off extra polish and leave the floor to dry itself for 12-24 hours.