Cleaning Up Candy Stains

If you have kids, then you know your kids just can’t seem to keep food in their mouths, especially candy! The worst place they can spill the candy is on your precious carpet. Candy contains a variety of dies and plenty of sugar to make it a hassle to get off carpets. If sticky candy lands on your synthetic or wool carpet, DO NOT just rip it off, as the carpet fibers will rip.

First of all, if you have a sticky piece of candy stuck to your carpet, you’ll need to scrape it off with something like a butter knife. Scrape off as much of the sticky candy off the carpet as you can. Once you’re done carefully scraping off as much of the candy as you can, continue the cleaning procedure by blotting the area with a wet paper towel. Next, you will need to use a clean cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar. The vinegar will help in dissolving the remainder of the sticky candy residue.

At this point, the candy should be removed from the carpet. You should then flush the newly cleaned patch of carpet with water, and just allow the area to dry at its own pace. Remember that store-bought house-cleaners can also help get off sticky candy stains. Once your kids get older, print out guidelines of how to clean spills/stains and slap it on their bedroom door!

Tips to Prevent Bug Infestation

During the summer time, bugs tend to invade your home more frequently. It’s not just indoors, as they can also ruin your backyard BBQs, especially those pesky mosquitoes. There are wasps, bees, hornets, and other bugs that can sting you, and then there are the mosquitoes, fleas and ticks that can carry diseases.

Just like human beings, bugs need food, shelter and water to survive. Here are some tips on how to keep bugs out of your home, as well as out of your backyard:

Seal Your Home: Seal the cracks, holes and doors of your home. You can install an aluminum or steel threshold under your door. You can also look for cracks in your foundation or on your roof and seal them up properly. Holes on the roof are commonly found around the chimney or roof vents.

Keep Up with Yard Work: Keep your yard maintained to decrease the chance of bug infestations. Bugs like mosquitoes need water to breed, so get rid of pools or puddles of water in your yard. Make sure your yard is cleaned at least once a week.

Clean Clutter: A dirty, cluttered home is the perfect place for bugs to live, as it’s easier for them to hide and breed. Insects need nesting places, so the clutter needs to be cleaned up. You can also limit your food consumption to just one room, to avoid crumbs and spills around the house. In addition, you should wash your dishes immediately and put them in the dishwasher, as well as store your trash properly.

Make Your Kitchen Look Larger

Does your kitchen look small and insignificant? Well, if you’re a guy then you probably don’t really care; however, if your wife or lady-friend wants you to spruce it up then we’ve got some tips for you! Just like a movie or TV set, there are plenty of tricks that can make a room look bigger.

Here are just several tips that you can use to make your kitchen look larger:

  1. Replacing the cabinet doors with glass doors will help the eye focus into the cabinet, giving more depth to the wall.

  2. If you paint your kitchen walls white, you’ll definitely make your kitchen seem to look bigger than it really is. It will give a sense of “space” in the room by reflecting more light.

  3. Instead of always using artificial light, let it more natural light.

  4. Geometric angles and clean lines for surface areas of the kitchen will make the kitchen look bigger.

  5. There are particular floor patterns that will make the floor look longer and wider. For example, over-sized diamonds with diagonal lines will allow the eye to follow a longer path.

  6. This is the most simple one: cleaning up the clutter in the kitchen! It’s simple, but it can be severely overlooked.