For most of us cleaning is no fun. There are some hidden secrets that can make cleaning just a little bit easier. Here are some little known cleaning tips:

-Remove grease and dirt build up from kitchen cabinets. Say to clean cabinets, 1st heat slightly damp sponge or cloth in microwave for 20 – 30 seconds until it’s hot. Put on a pair of rubber gloves, spray cabinets with an all-purpose cleaner containing orange oil, then wipe off cleaner with a hot sponge.

-Soak old paintbrushes in hot vinegar for 30 minutes and good as new.

-Clean that oily, sticky residue off of appliances with a little Cream of Tarter mixed with a few drops of water, add some scrubbing!

-Get a clean microwave by filling a microwaveable bowl with 1-2 cups of water and add a dash of vinegar (about a tablespoon or two). Put the bowl in the microwave, shut the door, and turn it on for 5 minutes.

-Chalk will remove grease stains from clothes. Simply rub the stain with chalk, then toss in the wash as normal.

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You can do just about anything with an app. Like the saying goes; “there’s an app for that”. If you are a homeowner there are several apps you will want to download to your mobile device.

Here are just a few to get you started:

Houzz -Design your perfect room with Houzz. Homeowners can create an idea book for their next remodeling project by searching rooms and photos.  The items in the photos have tags with pricing and availability, members can also tag items they have seen in stores and provide additional info. Houzz integrates with Facebook, Flicker, and Twitter to share ideas with friends.

ColorSmart by BEHR – See what your room will look like with new paint without even picking up a paintbrush. ColorSmart allows you to take a picture of the room, choose your paint, and then preview what the room would look like in different colors.

Photo Measures – No need to figure out if the furniture will fit, with this app, you simply upload a photo of a room, and then write in all its measurements so you never have to remember the exact layout. Now you will always be able to make sure that everything will fit perfectly.

Mint.com-Budget your money and control all of your finances on your iPhone.
Mint.com will gathers all bank, credit card, and loan statements in one place, letting users see where every penny goes. The app also makes money saving recommendations based on spending habits

HomeSavvy – Never forget to do a home maintenance project again. This app gives you a customized home maintenance schedule and alerts you when it’s time to get the project done. It also includes a directory of local businesses with customer ratings for each task that needs completed.

What are some of your favorite apps to help you around the house?

 

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